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 XT5 doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.
The Edge offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The XT5 doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.
Both the Edge and the XT5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.
There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.
J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 21st, below the industry average.
The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 270) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 5 more horsepower (315 vs. 310) and 80 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 270) than the XT5’s 3.6 DOHC V6.
For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the XT5 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the XT5 (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R18).
The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the XT5’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the XT5’s optional 55 series tires.
For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The XT5’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.
The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The XT5 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 XT5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
The Edge has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front shoulder room, 4.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.1 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room and 4.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the XT5.
The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the XT5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the XT5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63 cubic feet).
Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The XT5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.
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 XT5 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its OnStar ® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.
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 XT5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.
The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.