2012 Ford Edge vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Edge
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

As a two-row crossover, the 2012 Ford Edge competes with vehicles both large and small.

The latest Chevy Equinox is an appealing mid-size crossover, with Explorer-like looks and a four-cylinder option good for 32-mpg fuel economy.

The Nissan Murano has a modern appeal, but its CVT turns its V-6 engine into an unhappy moaner.

The Toyota Highlander has four- and six-cylinder engines on tap, as well as hybrid power, but it's primarily a seven-seater, and it's sized to fit that third-row seat even when it's not ordered.

The Subaru Tribeca is a slow seller in a hot segment; it suffers from tight seating in back and a lack of visual presence, though the interior is appealing.

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Quick Specs
8.2
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
8.0
A versatile layout, impressive performance, good ride comfort, and reasonable pricing all add up to make the 2012 Chevrolet Equinox a strong value—and a good pick for small families.
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The 2012 Mazda CX-9 is a little more enjoyable to drive than most crossovers its size, while it manages three rows of seating, a plush cabin, and decent comfort.
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It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
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The 2012 Subaru Tribeca has excellent all-weather handling and top-notch safety, though it's fallen behind the curve in features and interior appointments.
7.8
The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
MSRP From     
$27,770$23,530$29,725$29,960$30,595$28,240
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas V6Gas/Ethanol I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas Flat 6Gas I4
EPA Class     
FWD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door LSFWD 4-Door Sport2WD 4-Door S4-Door 3.6R PremiumFWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
557577
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
Transmission     
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic