Though the Edge and Escape are very different in size and style, you may find yourself debating which is better for your needs. The Escape, which Ford redesigned in 2013, offers high style with plenty of character, but the Edge features a more modern, grown-up look and a larger cabin. It all boils down to which one offers the most for your dollar: the Escape or Edge?
Being the small SUV in Ford's lineup, it is no surprise that the Escape checks in at just $23,100 to the Edge's $27,700 base price. That extra $4,600 does do you well, however, as the Edge comes standard with higher-end items like tinted glass, power outlets, aluminum wheels and rear-side airbags. Additionally, the Escape is a fairly hot-selling model compared to the Edge, so you may be able to drive the base price of the Edge closer to the base Escape price with incentives and discounts.
The Edge also wins the standard powertrain competition, thanks to its base 3.5-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque to the Escape's 168 horsepower and 170 pound-feet coming from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The Edge also has available a 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 240 horsepower and a 3.7-liter V6 with 305 horsepower. Optional on the Escape is the same 2-liter that is available on the Edge and a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-pot with 178 horsepower.
In terms of utility, the Edge gets a slight advantage over the smaller Escape, as it can carry a maximum of 68.9 cubic feet of cargo to the Escape's 68.1 cubic feet rating, plus the base model Edge can tow a maximum of 3,500 pounds the base Escape's 1,500-pound capacity.
Our Verdict: Ford Edge
The Escape has a lot going for it, as it is relatively powerful and easy on fuel. However, in terms of best bang for your buck, the Edge wins with its more powerful engines, better standard features, and its ability to carry cargo and tow a trailer.