Jones Ford Casa Grande Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Chevrolet Equinox Near Casa Grande, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Chevrolet Equinox

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 Equinox doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Equinox only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Edge and the Equinox 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

Edge

Equinox

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Chevrolet Equinox:

 

Edge

Equinox

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

71

79

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

256

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

48 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

341

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

585 lbs.

684 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 29 percent more Ford dealers than there are Chevrolet dealers, which makes it 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 590-amp battery. The Equinox only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Equinox:

 

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.

Equinox 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

Equinox 3.6 DOHC V6

301 HP

272 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:

 

Edge

Equinox

Zero to 30 MPH

2.6 sec

2.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.3 sec

8.9 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

13.7 sec

15.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

23.3 sec

28.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

9 sec

9.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4.3 sec

4.5 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

16.2 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86 MPH

82 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge AWD V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox AWD V6 (17 city/24 hwy vs. 16 city/23 hwy).

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Equinox doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops much shorter than the Equinox:

 

Edge

Equinox

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Equinox (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R21 vs. 235/55R18).

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 Equinox’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Equinox. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels optional on the Equinox.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

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 Equinox doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Equinox Premier AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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 Equinox doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Equinox Premier AWD:

 

Edge

Equinox

At idle

40 dB

44 dB

Full-Throttle

71 dB

77 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 14.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (113.9 vs. 99.7).

The Edge has 1.4 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 4.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 6.4 inches more rear hip room and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31.5 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63.7 cubic feet).

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

 

Edge

Equinox

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

40.5”/70”

Min Width

45.1”

37.2”

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

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The Equinox doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 Equinox 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

The Edge’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Equinox’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Equinox 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.

Intelligent Access standard on the Edge allows you to unlock the doors, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key 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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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 Equinox doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Equinox offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the Equinox 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 Equinox.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Equinox doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Equinox doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s standard 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 Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Edge and the Equinox 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 Equinox doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

A built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Edge’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Equinox doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Sport’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 Equinox doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $390 less than the Equinox over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because it costs $522 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Equinox, including $22 less for an alternator, $111 less for front brake pads, $91 less for fuel injection, $414 less for a fuel pump and $3 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Equinox isn’t in the top three in its category.

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