Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2015 Ford Edge VS 2015 Lexus RX Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2015 Ford Edge

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2015 Lexus RX

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The RX Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The RX Series doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The RX Series doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The RX Series’ 582-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The RX Series isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the RX Series:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

295 HP

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge FWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the RX 350 FWD (18 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.3 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 RX Series 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 RX Series are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the RX Series (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (265/40R21 vs. 235/60R18).

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 RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 19-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The RX Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.3 inches longer than on the RX Series (112.2 inches vs. 107.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 250 to 600 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

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

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 13 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RX Series (113.9 vs. 100.9).

The Edge has 1.2 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 2.6 inches more rear headroom, 3.8 inches more rear legroom, 3 inches more rear hip room and 3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

The front step up height for the Edge is 1.1 inches lower than the RX Series (17.5” vs. 18.6”). The Edge’s rear step up height is .9 inches lower than the RX Series’ (18” vs. 18.9”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the RX Series’ liftover is 30.9 inches.

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

Edge

RX Series

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

38.3”/72”

Max Width

45.1”

56”

Min Width

45.1”

44.5”

Height

34.4”

32”

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The RX Series doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

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

The Edge SE/SEL’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 RX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RX Series doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Edge and the RX Series offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the RX Series.

The Edge’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Edge and Lexus RX Series won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Ford Edge outsold the Lexus RX Series by 1374 units during 2014.

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