North Georgia Ford Compares 2019 Ford Edge VS 2019 Jeep Grand Near Calhoun, GA

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2019 Ford Edge

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2019 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Jeep Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

107

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

33 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

209

242

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.9 inches

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

97 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

340/145 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Grand Cherokee:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

78

172

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

5 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.2/1 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.35/.47

1.06/.54

Tibia forces R/L

1/.5 kN

2.3/1.3 kN

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

182 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

121

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

Hip Force

585 lbs.

609 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 27 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Edge have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a 175-amp alternator. The Grand Cherokee’s standard 160-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Edge’s reliability 11 points higher than the Grand Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 17 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 21 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 24th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 4 places higher in reliability than Jeep.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 260) than the Grand Cherokee’s standard 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

6 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88.3 MPH

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.4 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee:

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

Grand Cherokee

RWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

5.7 OHV V8

14 city/22 hwy

Regardless of its engine, the Edge’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Jeep only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Grand Cherokee V6.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Edge ST’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’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 Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Edge ST’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 950 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

At idle

37 dB

45 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

70 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

67 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (113.9 vs. 105.4).

The Edge has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Edge is 3 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (17.5” vs. 20.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (18” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 36.3 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29.6 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Cherokee’s in every dimension:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

38.5”/74.2”

Max Width

63.3”

47.6”

Min Width

45.3”

41.7”

Height

34.5”

33.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s power parking brake sets with one touch and releases with one touch or automatically. The Grand Cherokee’s parking brake has to released manually.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Grand Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $155 less than the Grand Cherokee over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Grand Cherokee, including $8 less for a muffler, $4 less for front brake pads, $316 less for a starter and $73 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Jeep Grand Cherokee isn't recommended.

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