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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