Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Acura RDX Near Phoenix, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Acura RDX

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 RDX 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 RDX 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 RDX 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, 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 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 Acura RDX:

 

Edge

RDX

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

118

Hip Force

281 lbs.

398 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

69 G’s

Hip Force

647 lbs.

669 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

503

Hip Force

585 lbs.

698 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the RDX’s (5 vs. 4 years).

There are over 14 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The RDX’s 550-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 23 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 252) than the RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 36 more horsepower (315 vs. 279) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 252) than the RDX’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Acura RDX:

 

Edge

RDX

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.2 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.3 sec

10.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

16.4 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

6.3 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.6 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

4.4 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

96 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 RDX doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (18.3 vs. 16 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.2 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (19.2 vs. 16 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 RDX 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 RDX are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops shorter than the RDX:

 

Edge

RDX

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the RDX (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (265/40R21 vs. 235/60R18).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the RDX’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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 RDX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the RDX (112.2 inches vs. 105.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.3 inches wider in the rear than on the RDX.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the RDX AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

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 RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the RDX AWD:

 

Edge

RDX

Full-Throttle

71 dB

76 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Edge has 1.5 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 2.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.3 inches more rear legroom, 3.7 inches more rear hip room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

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

The front step up height for the Edge is 1.7 inches lower than the RDX (17.5” vs. 19.2”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.5 inches lower than the RDX’s (18” vs. 19.5”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the RDX with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 26.1 cubic feet).

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

 

Edge

RDX

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

32.8”/68”

Min Width

45.1”

41.7”

Height

34.4”

32”

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 RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the RDX 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 RDX 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 Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The RDX doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost AcuraLink can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the Edge Titanium/Sport detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The RDX doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

Both the Edge and the RDX 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 RDX.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge 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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Edge with a number “5” insurance rate while the RDX is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the RDX because it costs $153 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the RDX, including $104 less for a starter, $44 less for fuel injection, $24 less for a fuel pump, $49 less for front struts and $809 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge second among midsize suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The RDX isn’t in the top three.

The Ford Edge outsold the Acura RDX by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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