Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Jeep Cherokee Near Avondale, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Jeep Cherokee

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Cherokee doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Edge and the Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Edge

Cherokee

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Cherokee:

Edge

Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.2/1 kN

3.5/1.6 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

1%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Tibia index R/L

.35/.47

.84/.45

Tibia forces R/L

1/.5 kN

1.5/1.1 kN

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, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Jeep Cherokee:

Edge

Cherokee

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

176 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

255

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

For its top level performance in the IIHS moderate overlap frontal impact, side impact, rear impact, roof-crush crash tests, and an “Acceptable” rating in the newer small overlap frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The Cherokee is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Edge 2.0 ECOBoost’s reliability will be 191% better than the Cherokee and the Ford Edge V6 will be 238% better than the Cherokee.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 24th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Cherokee:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 HP

171 lbs.-ft.

Cherokee 3.2 DOHC V6

271 HP

239 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Jeep Cherokee V6:

Edge

Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

87.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (18.3 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Cherokee (19.2 vs. 15.9 gallons).

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 Cherokee 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 Cherokee are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the Cherokee:

Edge

Cherokee

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Cherokee (245/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Cherokee (265/40R21 vs. 245/65R17).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Cherokee’s 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Cherokee Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Cherokee. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Cherokee Limited.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Cherokee’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 Cherokee doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the Cherokee (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2 inches wider in the front and 2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Cherokee.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Cherokee doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 10.4 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Cherokee (113.9 vs. 103.5).

The Edge has .8 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 2.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .3 inches more rear legroom, 7.6 inches more rear hip room and 5.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Cherokee.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 24.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Cherokee with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 54.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Cherokee’s liftover is 30.9 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

33.9”/67.6”

Min Width

45.1”

39.4”

Height

34.4”

28.8”

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

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Cherokee doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Cherokee doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Cherokee’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Cherokee can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge SE/SEL’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 Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Edge has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Cherokee has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Latitude/Limited/Trailhawk.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Cherokee offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the Cherokee offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Cherokee.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $120 to $1390 less than the Cherokee over a five-year period.

Recommendations Comparison

Both the Ford Edge and Jeep Cherokee won an award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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