Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Toyota Highlander Near Goodyear, AZ

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 Toyota Highlander

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Highlander doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Highlander doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Highlander doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Highlander 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 Toyota Highlander:

Edge

Highlander

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

167 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

46 G’s

Hip Force

567 lbs.

746 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

19 inches

20 inches

HIC

375

430

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

59 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 5.8% less likely to roll over than the Highlander.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Highlander:

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.

Highlander 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

187 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

Highlander Hybrid 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

280 HP

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6 is faster than the Toyota Highlander V6:

Edge

Highlander

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

19.7 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

90 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 Highlander:

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Highlander 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

4100 RPM

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

4700 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Edge

Highlander

2WD

n/a

20 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

17 city/22 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 Highlander doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Highlander are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Highlander:

Edge

Highlander

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

140 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander (265/40R22 vs. 245/65R17).

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 Highlander Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Highlander’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 Highlander’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Highlander (111.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Highlander.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Highlander SE AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Limited goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom faster than the Highlander Limited AWD (40.8 vs. 40.5 MPH).

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.6 seconds quicker than the Highlander SE AWD (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 4.2 inches shorter than the Highlander, 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 Highlander doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Highlander with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Edge Limited/Sport, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Highlander doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Highlander have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Highlander prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry 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 Highlander’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.

The Edge’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Highlander’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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