Jones Ford Buckeye Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Jeep Grand Near Surprise, AZ

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Jeep Grand

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 Grand 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 Grand 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 Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

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 Grand Cherokee:

 

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Overall Evaluation

ACCEPTABLE

MARGINAL

Restraints

ACCEPTABLE

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

78

172

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

5 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.2/1 kN

4.9/2.3 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

3%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.35/.47

1.06/.54

Tibia forces R/L

1/.5 kN

2.3/1.3 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Jeep Grand Cherokee:

 

Edge

Grand Cherokee

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

182 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

121

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

18 inches

18 inches

Hip Force

585 lbs.

609 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 68 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Edge have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

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 75% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and the Ford Edge V6 is 56% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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 Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V8:

 

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

92.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge Sport AWD turbo V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee 4x4 V8 (17 city/24 hwy vs. 14 city/22 hwy).

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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Grand Cherokee:

 

Edge

Grand Cherokee

 

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

188 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 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 Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .83 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure-Eight” maneuver 2.6 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 950 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Grand Cherokee Summit 4x4 (40 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (113.9 vs. 105.4).

The Edge has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Edge is 3 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (17.5” vs. 20.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (18” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 36.3 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 68.3 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 Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

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

 

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

38.5”/71”

Min Width

45.1”

41”

Height

34.4”

33.5”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Grand 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 Grand 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

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand 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 Grand 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 Grand Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Optional SYNC AppLink for the Edge allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, tagging songs to buy them later, searching the internet and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $550 less than the Grand Cherokee over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Grand Cherokee because typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Grand Cherokee, including $232 less for an alternator, $41 less for front brake pads, $62 less for fuel injection and $270 less for a fuel pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $1775 to $7477 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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 Grand Cherokee was rated third.

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