Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2014 Ford Edge VS 2014 Toyota Highlander Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2014 Ford Edge

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2014 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Highlander:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Highlander LE 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

185 HP

184 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

Highlander Hybrid Limited 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander:

Edge

Highlander

2WD

4 cyl./Auto

n/a

20 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6

3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Highlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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 Highlander are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander (265/40R22 vs. 245/60R18).

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

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Highlander (111.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 6.9 inches shorter than the Highlander, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Highlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Highlander doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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

The Edge’s standard 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 Highlander’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $105 less than the Highlander over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge outsold the Toyota Highlander by 1537 units during 2013.

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