Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2010 Ford Edge VS 2010 Kia Sportage Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2010 Ford Edge

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2010 Kia Sportage

Safety Comparison

The Edge’s blind spot mirrors use wide-angle convex mirrors mounted in the corner of each side view mirror to reveal objects that may be in the driver's blind spots. The Sportage doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sportage doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Edge and the Sportage have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

The Ford Edge weighs 551 to 1058 pounds more than the Kia Sportage. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH front offset crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Sportage:



Overall Evaluation









Chest Compression

38 mm

39 mm

Femur Force

2.4 kN/1.3 kN

3.6 kN/5.9 kN

Tibia index



(This test is not comparable to the NHTSA NCAP 35 MPH front crash test.)

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Sportage:



Overall Evaluation







Head Protection Rating



Head Injury Rating



Torso Injury Rating



Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating



Head Injury Criterion



Shoulder Movement

32 mm

47 mm

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating



Head Injury Rating



Torso Injury Rating



Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating



The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Edge is safer then the Sportage:



Overall Evaluation



Head Restraint Design



Distance from Back of Head

8 mm

62 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

26 mm

60 mm

Dynamic Test Rating



Seat Design



Torso Acceleration

12.2 g’s

16.9 g’s

Neck Force Rating



Max Neck Shearing Force



Max Neck Tension



(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Sportage runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Kia dealers, which makes it much easier to get service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The camshafts in the Edge’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Sportage’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Sportage’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Sportage doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize multi-activity vehicles in their 2009 Initial Quality Study. The Sportage isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2009 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in initial quality. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 15th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Kia vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 59 more problems per 100 vehicles, Kia is ranked 25th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 125 more horsepower (265 vs. 140) and 114 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 136) than the Sportage’s standard 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 92 more horsepower (265 vs. 173) and 72 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 178) than the Sportage’s optional 2.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Ford Edge is faster than the Kia Sportage V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.3 sec

10.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

88.3 MPH

79.4 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Sportage FWD V6 (18 city/25 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sportage 4 cyl.’s standard fuel tank (19 vs. 15.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.8 gallons more fuel capacity than the Sportage V6’s standard fuel tank (20 vs. 17.2 gallons).


Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Edge’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Sportage:


Edge AWD


Front Rotors

11.65 inches

12.6 inches

11 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

10.3 inches

Opt Rear Rotors



11.2 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Sportage are solid, not vented.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Edge has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Sportage doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Edge stops shorter than the Sportage:



60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

159 feet

172 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Sportage (235/65R17 vs. 215/65R16). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Sportage (265/40R22 vs. 235/60R16).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sportage EX’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge has standard 17 inch wheels. Smaller 16 inch wheels are standard on the Sportage LX. The Edge Sport’s optional 22 inch wheels are larger than the 17 inch wheels on the Sportage EX.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the Sportage (111.2 inches vs. 103.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 4.8 inches wider in the front and 4.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Sportage.

The Edge Limited AWD handles at .78 G’s, while the Sportage EX 4x4 pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sportage (7.9 vs. 7.7 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Limited AWD is quieter than the Sportage EX 4x4:



At idle

38 dB

43 dB


70 dB

75 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 4.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Sportage (108.3 vs. 103.9).

The Edge has .2 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Sportage.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Sportage with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 23.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Sportage with its rear seat folded (69 vs. 66.6 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Sportage’s in almost every dimension:



Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Sportage doesn’t offer power folding seats.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge (except SE) offers an optional power rear liftgate, which opens and closes completely automatically by pressing a button on the key fob. The Sportage doesn’t offer a power liftgate.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Edge automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sportage’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Edge has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Sportage doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

When two different drivers share the Edge (except SE/SEL), the optional memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Sportage doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Edge (except SE)’s optional easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Sportage doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Sportage have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Sportage prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Sportage’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Sportage doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Sportage’s standard power locks don’t automatically lock the doors. The Edge’s standard doors lock when a certain speed is reached. This is an important feature for occupant safety. Locked doors are proven to open less often in collisions, and they are also effective in preventing crime at traffic lights. (The power lock’s automatic feature may have to be activated by your dealer.)

The Edge’s speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sportage’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Sportage’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Edge has a standard center folding armrest for the driver and front passenger. A center armrest helps combat driver fatigue. The Sportage manual doesn’t offer a front seat center armrest.

The Edge’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Sportage doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Edge (except SE)’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Sportage doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Both the Edge and the Sportage offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Edge has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Sportage doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Edge offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Sportage doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Sportage doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

The Edge’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Sportage’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

With optional SYNC, the Edge offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Sportage doesn’t offer a voice control system.

Wireless connectivity is optional on the Edge, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Kia doesn’t offer wireless connectivity on the Sportage.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Edge will retain 36.54% to 68.36% of its original price after five years, while the Sportage only retains 23.9% to 30.18%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Sportage because it costs $114 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Edge than the Sportage, including $68 less for a water pump, $32 less for fuel injection and $174 less for front struts.

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