North Georgia Ford Compares 2018 Ford Edge VS 2018 Chevrolet Equinox Near Ellijay, GA

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2018 Ford Edge

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Equinox doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Edge and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The Ford Edge weighs 585 to 1110 pounds more than the Chevrolet Equinox. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Equinox:

 

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

170 HP

203 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

252 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.:

 

Edge

Equinox

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.3 sec

26.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

83 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Edge has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Equinox AWD/Diesel’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Equinox are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Equinox (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R21 vs. 235/50R19).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Equinox Premier’s optional 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Equinox Premier.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Equinox (112.2 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.6 inches wider in the front and 2.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Equinox Premier pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Equinox Premier (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (113.9 vs. 103.2).

The Edge has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 5.8 inches more rear hip room and 5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 29.9 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63.5 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Equinox’s in almost every dimension:

 

Edge

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

34.9”/67.4”

Max Width

45.1”

53.7”

Min Width

45.1”

40.7”

Height

34.4”

31”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $522 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Equinox, including $22 less for an alternator, $110 less for front brake pads, $92 less for fuel injection, $414 less for a fuel pump and $2 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

Equinox

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

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