2012 Ford Edge vs. Its Competition

2012 Ford Edge
Martin Padgett Martin 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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2012 Chevrolet Equinox FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Angular Front Exterior View2012 Chevrolet Equinox
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2012 Mazda CX-92012 Mazda CX-9
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2012 Nissan Murano2012 Nissan Murano
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2012 Subaru Tribeca 4-door 3.6R Limited Angular Front Exterior View2012 Subaru Tribeca
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2012 Toyota Highlander FWD 4-door V6 (SE) Angular Front Exterior View2012 Toyota Highlander
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Quick Specs
The 2012 Ford Edge rises to the top of the five-seat crossover niche with forward-thinking technology and a gas-saving EcoBoost option.
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.
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.
It's stylish and refined, but the 2012 Nissan Murano isn't the most space-efficient crossover.
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.
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     
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
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 (GS)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport Utility4 Door4 Door Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility4 Door Sport Utility4 Door
AutomaticAutomaticAutomaticContinuously Variable RatioAutomaticAutomatic
Detailed Spec Comparison
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