2018 Ford Edge vs. Competition

March 5th, 2018 by

2018 Ford Edge vs. 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Trim Levels and Standard Offerings

The 2018 Ford Edge is a mid size SUV that comes in four different trim levels: the SE, SEL, Sport, and Titanium.

The 2018 Santa Fe Sport is a more compact SUV with base, 2.0T, and 2.0T Ultimate trim levels. Both the Ford Edge and Hyundai Santa Fe Sport are the same in that many of the standard items on the higher trim levels are available as options on the base models. This includes such things as infotainment systems, interior amenities, lighting, engines and automated features.

There are differences. For example, the 2018 Ford Edge offers 18-inch alloy wheels on its base SE whereas 18-inch and larger wheels are only available in the Hyundai’s higher trim levels. There are also major differences in the standard offerings, particularly in the engine and drivetrain department.

Interior

On the inside, as one might expect, the midsized 2018 Ford Edge is roomier than its more compact rival. Both makes are similar in that they have a wide array of interior features that include multi-speaker sound systems, split-seating, climate controls, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, inputs for mobile devices, voice controls and much more.

The Ford Edge, being a somewhat larger SUV, does differ in that the interior generally has more space available for seating, legroom, and storage.

Another general difference is that, inside and out, the Ford Edge seems to have much more “standard” equipment in its base model whereas the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport saves most of the advanced features for the higher time levels. There are also a few subtle differences in interior gadgetry such as the maximum display size of 7 inches on the Santa Fe Sport as opposed to 8 inches on the Ford Edge.

Engines and Powertrain

As with the trim levels, you get a bit more power with the standard Ford Edge offering. Standard on the 2018 Ford Edge SE is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 245 HP with 275 pound-feet of torque. Standard on the Hyundai base Sport is a four-cylinder 2.4-liter that produces 185 HP with 178 pound-feet of torque. The Ford SEL and Titanium models have an available 280 HP 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged 315 HP 2.7-liter V6, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport’s higher 2.0T and 2.0T Ultimate levels have a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that puts out 240 HP.

The Ford Edge definitely has the “edge” in the number of engine choices and the sheer amount of power that is available.

Both 2018 Ford Edge and 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport have enough trim levels, options and powertrain choices to satisfy even the most discriminating SUV enthusiast. The choice is all in how one wants it sliced in terms of the trim packages, options, and engine offerings.

2018 Ford Edge vs. 2018 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2018 Ford Edge and its domestic rival the 2018 Chevrolet Equinox can be compared side-by-side in regard to trim levels, standard equipment, connectivity and powertrains. While they are both similar, there are some important differences. While these differences aren’t necessarily profound or “show stoppers” they are worthy of consideration.

Trim Levels and Features

The 2018 Ford Edge is an SUV somewhere between full-size and a crossover. It comes in four different trim levels: the SE, SEL, Sport and Titanium. The base Edge SE comes with air-conditioning, remote locking, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and voice controls. The SEL tacks on keyless entry, parking sensors, two-zone climate control, and a power front seat with more plush upholstery. The top of the line is reached with the Titanium that sports leather seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Ford’s Sync 3 technology interfaces, a 12-speaker sound system and an automatic liftgate. The Ford Edge starts out in the base SE model with an impressive array in options culminating in the very well-equipped Titanium package.

The mid size Chevrolet Equinox SUV also has four trim levels with the L, LS, LT and Premier. The L model is odd in that it is a base model that is also a custom-order that may result in a delay since it has to be built as a special order at the factory. It is reasonably well equipped with standard 17-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, a driver information display, height-adjustable front seats, LED running lights, a rearview camera and a six-speaker sound system. The LS doesn’t build on the L much considering the price increase but it does add more color options, rear floor mats, digital compass, tire jack and the option to get 4-wheel drive. The LT adds satellite radio, an eight-way power driver seat, xenon headlights, a rear privacy glass, 18-inch wheels, LED taillights, fog lamps, roof rails, ambient interior lighting, and perforated leather upholstery. Like the other level translations, the Premier adds just a little more with 19-inch wheels, sunroof, a seven-speaker Bose audio system, HD radio, and emergency braking.

Both models are similar in what they offer at the various trim levels in terms of mobile device connectivity, displays, sound systems, seating, interior space, legroom, safety features and upholstery. A noted difference is that the Ford Edge seems to offer more substantial features among the different trim levels and begins with an already impressive package with the standard SE.

Engines and Powertrain

Standard on the 2018 Ford Edge SE is a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that offers 245 HP. The Ford SEL and Titanium models have an optional 280 HP 3.5-liter V6, a turbocharged 315 HP 2.7-liter V6, a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Three engines are offered on the Equinox as well.  The standard engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder 1.5-liter rated at 170 HP with the standard a 6-speed automatic transmission. An optional turbocharged 2.0-liter engine with 252 HP with a 9-speed automatic transmission covers the middle ground. For diesel lovers there is also an optional is a fuel-efficient 1.6-liter diesel rated at 137 HP with the standard six-speed automatic. It is worthy of mention that the 1.5-liter engine is the only engine available and one may be in for a wait for the 1.5 diesel and the turbocharged 2.0. Also noteworthy is that the L is front-wheel drive only.

 

Considering the engines for the Ford Edge and the Chevrolet Equinox, the latter seems a bit anemic, particularly considering what is available at the time of this writing. The Ford Edge starts out with a standard 245 HP powerplant that works its way to a whopping 315 HP where the Chevy starts at 170 HP with a possible 252 HP. When it comes to the engines available, the Ford Edge definitely has the “edge.”

All things considered, the 2018 Ford Edge and 2018 Chevrolet Equinox are two very capable midsize SUVs with an impressive list of features. Both are sure to please even the most discriminating SUV fan with the array of device connectivity, driver safety features, comfort levels, interior room, color options and power plants available. The main differences are in the available engines and the amount of power that one expects to have at the ready. This is where the Ford Edge really shines as it offers plenty of power from the start in its base SE trim level.

2018 Ford Edge vs. 2018 GMC Terrain

Performance

From chill to raucous, the Edge has a model for every driver’s taste. One key advantage that makes the 2018 Ford Edge rank high above its competitors like the 2018 GMC Terrain is its trio of engines which provide performance choices for all. It has an inline-four turbo option and a roaring twin turbo V6. All Edges come with a six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive being optional.

The 245 horsepower engine offers great fuel economy. The four-cylinder engine virtually sips fuel, but it’s the awesome twin-turbo V-6 in the Sport Model that gets the blood pumping. It has even more options available, if more power is what you seek. It has a well-integrated 6-speed automatic transmission so it drives more like a car than an oversized SUV.

Interior and Comfort

The Ford Edge is roomy, and spacious enough to accommodate four adults. It comes with a very spacious trunk and cargo area. It has the Sync 3 infotainment system as a base system with an 8.0-touchscreen and a single USB port. This can be upgraded to 2 ports if one is not enough. It even has two new colors, Blue Metallic and Lightning Blue. With its distinctive styling and speedy Sport model sets, which can be equipped with the Safe and Smart package. This ranks it high above its competitors in areas of top-of-the-line safety features. Two new option packages are offered for the new 2018 Ford Edge.

Safety

Safety and driver assistance reviews from safety agencies have the Edge with a better score in this category than the Terrain. Active safety add-ons are now more accessible, and parents with young children will appreciate the easy access to child-seat catch anchors.

The Ford Edge stands far apart from many of its current competitors and offers a range of performance and styling that leaves its rival the GMC Terrain easily kicking up dust.

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