Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 GMC Terrain Near Goodyear, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 GMC Terrain

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 Terrain 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 Terrain 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.

Both the Edge and the Terrain 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 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the GMC Terrain:

 

Edge

Terrain

OVERALL 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.

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 GMC Terrain:

 

Edge

Terrain

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

71

79

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.4 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

180 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

547 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

256

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

48 G’s

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

341

Spine Acceleration

53 G’s

63 G’s

Hip Force

585 lbs.

684 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 unlimited miles longer than the Terrain’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 2 times as many Ford dealers as there are GMC 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 590-amp battery. The Terrain only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Terrain:

 

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.

Terrain 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

182 HP

172 lbs.-ft.

Terrain 3.6 DOHC V6

301 HP

272 lbs.-ft.

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

 

Edge

Terrain

Zero to 30 MPH

1.9 sec

2.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

5.6 sec

6.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

9.3 sec

10.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

14.8 sec

17.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.2 sec

6.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.1 sec

3.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.1 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.2 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

98 MPH

94 MPH

Top Speed

132 MPH

118 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Edge

Terrain

 

2WD

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

2.7 turbo V6/6-spd. Auto

17 city/24 hwy

n/a

 

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

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 Terrain doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops shorter than the Terrain:

 

Edge

Terrain

 

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

127 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Terrain (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Terrain (265/40R21 vs. 235/55R18).

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 Terrain’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Terrain.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Terrain SLE pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 2.8 seconds quicker than the Terrain SLE (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 29 seconds @ .56 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 Terrain doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Terrain Denali 4x4:

 

Edge

Terrain

Full-Throttle

71 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 14.3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (113.9 vs. 99.6).

The Edge has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 4.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear legroom, 6.2 inches more rear hip room and 5.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

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

 

Edge

Terrain

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

40.5”/70”

Min Width

45.1”

37.2”

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

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

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 Terrain 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’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Terrain’s power windows’ switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully.

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 Terrain 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 standard on the Edge allows you 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 vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer an advanced key 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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Terrain has an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the Terrain 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 Terrain.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/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 Terrain doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

Both the Edge and the Terrain 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 Terrain 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’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Terrain doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge offers an optional Titanium/Sport, 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 Terrain doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $260 less than the Terrain over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $522 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Terrain, including $22 less for an alternator, $111 less for front brake pads, $91 less for fuel injection, $414 less for a fuel pump and $3 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Ford Edge, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

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 Terrain isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Ford Edge outsold the GMC Terrain by 36% during the 2016 model year.

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