2016 Ford Edge vs. Its Competition

2016 Ford Edge
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The Edge isn't as entirely family-focused as three-row models like the Toyota Highlander or Ford's three-row Explorer SUV.

Instead, Ford considers the Edge as going against a relatively narrow group of vehicles that includes the Nissan Murano, the Toyota Venza, the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, and to some degree, the Lexus RX—all vehicles that do a sort of double duty in the market, serving the needs of smaller families, or empty-nesters who want a roomy back seat to bring another couple along for a weekend tour.

The five-seat Ford Edge sells urban style as much as it does all-weather traction.

Among many rivals, the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox take a somewhat more mainstream route; they offer high-economy four-cylinder engines, roomy interiors with sliding second-row seats, and nicely turned out interiors.

The Nissan Murano is very passenger-comfort-oriented, and it has a relaxed V-6-and-CVT setup that feels like the polar opposite of the twin-turbo EcoBoost Sport model; it’s soft, elegant, and a bit traditional on the inside, although we like its bold exterior, plus it gets impressive mileage with a V-6.

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport shares the Edge's more compact appeal (versus the long-wheelbase Santa Fe) and its turbocharged engine is energetic, as is its swoopy interior.

And Honda's CR-V continues to be one of the go-tos in the compact crossover class; it has excellent interior space and strong resale value.

Lastly, we might mention the Volkswagen Touareg as a wild card.

It can get quite expensive, like the Edge, but it follows a more rugged look and more traditional SUV layout.

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Quick Specs
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The 2016 Ford Edge has everything you might want in a tech-focused, stylish crossover—as long as you don't require third-row seating or a luxury badge.
7.8
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox has one of the most spacious, quiet, and versatile interiors among smaller crossovers, and it loads on the value.
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The 2016 Honda CR-V has its priorities in the right place, with lots of space and features—but performance takes a back seat.
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The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is geared toward big families with a strong V-6 and loads of features, but third-row seat space is slim, and safety scores are absent.
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Smooth, quiet and comfortable, the 2016 Nissan Murano is a stylish choice for empty-nesters who aren't concerned with sportiness or off-road capability.
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Expensive and fancy for a vehicle from a mainstream brand, the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg is also less expensive than some comparable luxury-SUV options.
MSRP From     
$28,700$22,600$23,845$24,950$29,740$42,705
Gas Mileage     
17 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy21 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Premium Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDMid-Size Station WagonN/A
Style Name     
4-Door SE FWDFWD 4-Door L2WD 5-Door LXFWD 4-Door 2.4FWD 4-Door S4-Door V6 Sport
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport Utility VehicleSport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility4MOTION
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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