There are a lot of options in the mid-size
SUV market, and Ford its self has two models to choose from. But what makes these two models
different? Why even have two models at all? Today we hope to clear this up and give you
a better understanding of exactly what the Ford Escape and Ford Edge bring to the table. When thinking about the Ford family line up these two SUV’s may almost seem like twins.
However, to put it in perspective where these SUV’s lie it’s actually more accurate
that the Edge is a smaller baby Explorer and the Escape is a beefed-up SUV version of the
Focus. The appearance of the two vehicles couldn’t help explain this
more. The Edge sits taller and wider than the Escape
with a more aggressive stance and overall feel. It’s features are rounded just like
the Explorer. The Escape is more streamlined and swept back
accent features like the headlights and hood. The overall appearance is more angular just
like the Focus.
The Edge has LED accents and a masculine sporty
feel with its power dome hood, raised beltlines and boldly sculpted shoulders around the wheel
arches. The top line Sport model offers massive 21 inch tarnished wheels that adds to the
muscular stance. While the Escape has a bit softer
more laid back feel when it comes to looks. New Exterior design cues feature a dynamic grille, sculpted hood, and athletic stance. The Escapes Sport Appearance package toughens
up the escape a bit with black 19 inch wheels, grille, roof rails and lower fascia. The power plants options on the two SUV’s really is what starts to set them apart even
more. The Edge is available with optional V6 power when the Escape is only offered with
4 cylinder power plant. The base Edge has the top of the line Escape engine in the 2.0L
Ecoboost which can be upgraded to the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 or the 2.7L Ecoboost V6 for a horsepower
window of 245 in the 2.0 and up to 315 in the 2.7L V6. You can expect a fuel mileage
window of 20-24 miles per gallon combined depending on your engine choice. Also the
Edge is available with Intelligent All Wheel Drive that uses sensors to monitor traction
and assist you through all sorts of conditions while balancing torque between the front and
rear wheels. The Escape is offered with three engine options,
a 2.5 iVCT 4 cylinder, a 1.
5L Ecoboost and a 2.
0L Twin Scroll Ecoboost with Auto-Start
Stop technology. The 2.5 provides 168 horsepower, the 1.5L 179 and the 2.0L provides 245hp with
275lb-ft. of torque. Combined MPG is around the same at 24-26 miles per gallon for each
engine. The 4 wheel drive system in the Escape continuously monitors traction and road conditions
every 16 milliseconds. It can transfer torque from front wheels to rear wheels as needed
to ensure a precise blend of handling and traction at all times. The interiors of the two SUV’s are very different although both offer seating for
5 passengers. The Edge is the clear winner in overall capacity bosting 113.9 cubic feet
in passenger volume with 73.4 cubic feet cargo volume behind the first row with the rear
seats folded flat and 39.2 behind the second row with the seats up.
On the other hand, the Escape is not far behind
with an overall passenger volume of 98.7 cubic feet, 68 behind the first row with the rear
seats folded flat and 34 cubic feet behind the second row. The majority of the extra
overall cubic space volume is the added headroom the Edge holds over the Escape.
So the Edge
is better for the big and tall and the Escape is better if you only have small children. The interior design is again where The Edge
meets the Explorer and the Escape meets the Focus. The Edge shares it’s instrument cluster,
climate control, and steering wheel design cues along with the Explorer. While the Escape
shares it’s gauges, dash, and center controls with the Focus. While this is not a bad thing
for either vehicles as ease of use, reach and design are all intuitive and simple. As far as similarities go, both vehicles offer the latest in Ford technology with features like the sync 3 infotainment system. the lane keeping system enhanced park assist BLIS with cross traffic alert and a hands free foot activated lift gate. Either one of these vehicles would be a great choice for your next mid-size SUV. It all depends on your individual needs when it comes to cargo and passenger space, power, and your personal taste in style. We at Richmond Ford Lincoln are here to help you make the right decision. So don’t hesitate to stop by and see why we say, we are Driven by You! .