Ford Edge vs. Ford Explorer

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, Automotive Editor - October 23, 2019

With some automakers offering multiple utility vehicles that compete in a single segment, certain brands have become one-stop shops for consumers. For the mid-size SUV segment, Ford has two options that compete against one another: the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer.

The Edge is the sportier of the two and only has seating for up to five, while the Explorer is all-new for 2020 and has seating for up to seven. While this is one of the major differences between the two, there are a few more that make one option the better choice for the majority of consumers.

Which one earns a spot in your garage? That’s what we’ll aim to answer below.

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What the Edge Gets Right

A slightly smaller and older crossover, the Ford Edge is the more affordable option of the two. Pricing for the Edge starts at $32,195 including destination, while the Ford Explorer costs $37,870. That’s a $5,675 difference in the Edge’s favor, which isn’t exactly chump change.

For consumers in urban areas that want the vehicle that’s easier to park, the Edge is the smaller option. The Edge is 10 inches shorter in length, roughly 4 inches shorter in width, and 1.6 inches shorter in height. With its smaller size, the Edge will be easier to maneuver.

What the Explorer Gets Right

Despite being the larger vehicle, the all-new Ford Explorer is just as fuel efficient as the Ford Edge. The Explorer rated by the EPA to get 24 miles per gallon combined, while its new hybrid variant earns 28 mpg combined. The Edge gets 24 mpg combined at its best.

Speaking of size, the Explorer has more interior space than the Edge. The Explorer offers more front and second-row head room, front leg room, front and second-row hip room, and front and second-row shoulder room.

In addition to having more room in the first two rows, the Explorer also has a third row that can seat two extra passengers. The Explorer can hold more cargo too. It’s rated at a maximum of 87.8 cubic feet, while the Edge can hold a maximum of 73.4 cubic feet of cargo.

While the Edge was one of the first Ford utility vehicles to be offered in an ST trim, the Explorer’s ST trim makes a lot more power. The Edge utilizes a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that makes 335 horsepower, while the Explorer ST features a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that pumps out 400 hp.

More Than Just Seven Seats

As an all-new model for 2020, the Ford Explorer is better in nearly every way over the smaller Ford Edge. With more space, a hybrid version that’s more efficient, a more powerful ST trim, and seating for seven, the Explorer has a lot more to offer. And that’s before you consider all of the modern cutting edge features with the Explorer.

Our Verdict: Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is one of the more popular mid-size SUVs on the market, and for good reason. There’s very little that it gets wrong, making it a better all-around vehicle than the Ford Edge.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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