Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2011 Ford Edge VS 2011 Chevrolet Equinox Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2011 Ford Edge

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2011 Chevrolet Equinox

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Equinox doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Equinox doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Equinox doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the Equinox have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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 and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Equinox’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Equinox doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a 150-amp alternator. The Equinox’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a 600-amp battery. The Equinox only offers a standard 525-amp battery.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge third among midsize crossover/suvs in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Equinox isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of the owners of three-year-old cars provide the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 24th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 103 more horsepower (285 vs. 182) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 172) than the Equinox’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 21 more horsepower (285 vs. 264) and 31 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 222) than the Equinox’s optional 3.0 DOHC V6. The Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 41 more horsepower (305 vs. 264) and 58 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 222) than the Equinox’s optional 3.0 DOHC V6.

For more instantaneous acceleration and better engine flexibility in any gear, the Edge’s engines produce their peak torque at lower RPM’s than the Equinox:

Torque

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Equinox 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

4900 RPM

Equinox 3.0 DOHC V6

5100 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Edge

Equinox

2WD

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.7 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Equinox (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Equinox (265/40R22 vs. 235/55R18).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Equinox’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Equinox’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 Equinox’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.9 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Equinox.

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (38.6 feet vs. 40 feet). The Edge’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Equinox’s (38.6 feet vs. 42.6 feet).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Equinox (7.9 vs. 7.8 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 3.6 inches shorter than the Equinox, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Equinox (108.4 vs. 99.6).

The Edge has 3.7 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 4.8 inches more rear hip room and 3.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Equinox.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Equinox with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 31.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Equinox with its rear seat folded (68.9 vs. 63.9 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Equinox’s power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Equinox 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.

The Edge’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 Equinox’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Equinox’s headlights, which were rated “Fair.”

The Edge’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 Equinox doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

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

An available 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 Equinox doesn’t offer a filtration system.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, 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 Equinox doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $509 less than the Equinox over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Edge will retain 40.65% to 43.35% of its original price after five years, while the Equinox only retains 34.79% to 40.01%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Equinox because typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Equinox, including $177 less for an alternator, $138 less for a starter, $276 less for fuel injection, $287 less for a fuel pump, $434 less for front struts and $235 less for a power steering pump.

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