Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Mazda CX-5 Near Phoenix, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Mazda CX-5

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Compared to metal, the Edge’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Edge and the CX-5 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, 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 Mazda CX-5:

Edge

CX-5

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 6 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the CX-5:

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.

CX-5 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.

155 HP

150 lbs.-ft.

CX-5 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

184 HP

185 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport is faster than the Mazda CX-5 (automatics tested):

Edge

CX-5

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

8.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

84.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.3 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.2 vs. 15.3 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 CX-5 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 CX-5 are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the CX-5:

Edge

CX-5

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

125 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the CX-5 (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (265/40R21 vs. 225/65R17).

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 CX-5’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CX-5’s optional 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 CX-5. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the CX-5.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The CX-5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 5.9 inches longer than on the CX-5 (112.2 inches vs. 106.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-5.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the CX-5 Grand Touring pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the CX-5 Grand Touring (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.5 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-5 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (113.9 vs. 103.8).

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 2.8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1.3 inches more rear legroom, 3.8 inches more rear hip room and 5 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The CX-5’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CX-5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.1 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 64.8 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the CX-5’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

CX-5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

38.7”/64.7”

Max Width

45.1”

57.1”

Min Width

45.1”

41.3”

Height

34.4”

34.6”

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The CX-5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier, especially for short adults or children, the Edge offers an optional power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button, or optionally by just kicking your foot under the back bumper, completely leaving your hands free. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a power cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Edge Titanium/Sport, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a memory system.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the CX-5 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 CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 CX-5’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 CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

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 CX-5 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the CX-5 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 CX-5.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The CX-5 doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Both the Edge and the CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

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