2009 Ford Edge vs. Its Competition

2009 Ford Edge SE
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Most of the competitors to the 2009 Ford Edge have an available third row of seating, but the Edge makes do with very roomy appointments for five and generous cargo space.

In that respect, the Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza are the closest competitors, as they also offer only two rows and tend toward a flashier outward appearance.

The Tribeca offers a third row, but it’s unusable for all but small children.

The Edge’s interior more comfortably holds four (or up to five) than several of its competitors, especially the Murano and Tribeca.

The Toyota Highlander, recently redesigned, is one of the segment sales leaders, but the Edge has an edge in terms of features like the SYNC interface and Vista Roof.

Relative to the Edge, the Tribeca and CX-9 are a little sportier on the road, with a slightly firmer suspension setting and crisper handling, while the Highlander and Veracruz's styling is less exciting and possibly less offensive.

The Mazda CX-9 is a rival to the Edge, which has a slightly sportier character, but the two share mechanical underpinnings.

Finally, premium fuel is recommended for several of the Edge's competitors, but cheaper 87-octane fuel is fine for the Edge.

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Quick Specs
Provided you don’t mind the lack of a third-row seat, the 2009 Ford Edge stands out in a crowded field as thoroughly competent, well rounded, and fashionable.
The 2009 Nissan Murano combines good handling and a recognizable style with a much more sophisticated interior.
The 2009 Toyota Venza adds another flavor to the crossover melting pot, but it's a mild one.
Hyundai’s most expensive model may not quite be a Lexus, but it’s impressive in its own right.
The 2008 Mazda CX-9 may be the best-driving full-size seven-passenger crossover out there. It is certainly one of the best looking and appointed.
The 2008 Subaru Tribeca is mainstream now, in style and performance.
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Gas Mileage     
15 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas 4-cylGas V6Gas V6Gas 6-cyl
EPA Class     
2WD Sport Utility Vehicles2WD Sport UtilitySport utility2WD Sport Utililty2WD Sport Utility Vehicle4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name     
4-Door SE FWD2WD 4-Door S4-Door Wagon I4 FWD (GS)FWD 4-Door GLSFWD 4-Door Sport4-Door 5-Pass
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront wheel driveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door SUV4 Door Utility4 Door Wagon4 Door Sport Utility4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle4 Door
Automatic w/ODContinuously VariableAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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