Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Chevrolet Equinox Near Surprise, AZ

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

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

Chest Movement

1 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

415 lbs.

547 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

244

256

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

48 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

63 G’s

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Edge is 1.5% to 5.1% less likely to roll over than the Equinox.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Equinox doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a 150-amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a 600-amp battery. The Equinox only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Equinox:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 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 Consumer Reports the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.:

Edge

Equinox

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.8 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

10.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

7.3 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

18 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.6 MPH

79.8 MPH

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Edge’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Equinox:

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Equinox 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

4900 RPM

Equinox 3.6 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Equinox:

Edge

Equinox

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto

3.7 V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

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 shorter than the Equinox:

Edge

Equinox

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

138 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

154 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R22 vs. 235/55R18).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Equinox’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

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.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Equinox w/standard wheels’ (38.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The Edge Sport’s turning circle is 3.3 feet tighter than the Equinox w/19" wheels’ (39.3 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.9 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 3.6 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge offers available 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.4 vs. 99.7).

The Edge has .2 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 5 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 31.5 cubic feet). The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (68.9 vs. 63.7 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available 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 optional on the Edge Limited/Sport allows the driver 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 car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Chevrolet Equinox doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Edge’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 SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Good” to “Very Good” (depending on model and options), a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Edge SEL/Limited/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 SEL/Limited/Sport’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 Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $55 to $930 less than the Equinox over a five-year period.

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