Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Jeep Grand Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 Jeep Grand

Safety Comparison

The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

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, 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

1 inches

1.2 inches

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

182 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

567 lbs.

612 lbs.

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

Instrumented handling tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and analysis of its dimensions indicate that the Edge is .9% to 6.7% less likely to roll over than the Grand Cherokee.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge comes with free roadside assistance for 5 years 60,000 miles. Ford will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Jeep doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Grand Cherokee.

The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it 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.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 55 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 30th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Zero to 30 MPH

3.2 sec

3.7 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

8.9 sec

9.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.2 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16.9 sec

17 sec

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 Grand Cherokee:

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

1750 RPM

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

4000 RPM

Grand Cherokee 3.6 DOHC V6

4800 RPM

Grand Cherokee 5.7 V8

4250 RPM

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge 4 cyl. FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Cherokee with its standard engine RWD (21 city/30 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

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

Edge

Grand Cherokee

2WD

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/27 hwy

17 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto

3.7 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

V6/Auto

3.7 V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Grand Cherokee with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 cents more per gallon.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

124 feet

138 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

157 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Edge SE’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 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 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 Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Grand Cherokee’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.5 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than on the Grand Cherokee.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Grand Cherokee Laredo 4x4 pulls only .73 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge Limited AWD performs Car and Driver’s emergency lane change maneuver faster than the Grand Cherokee Overland 4x4 (54.1 vs. 53.7 MPH).

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 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 Edge is 5.6 inches shorter than the Grand Cherokee, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The front grille of the Edge offers available 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.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 3 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (108.4 vs. 105.4).

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, .4 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and .7 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Edge is 2.1 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (18.1” vs. 20.2”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (19” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 30.8 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Optional SYNC for the Edge allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other online 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 $265 less than the Grand Cherokee over a five-year period.

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Edge will retain a greater percentage of its original price after two and four years than the Grand Cherokee.

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Four Year

35% to 36%

31% to 34%

Two Year

51% to 52%

46% to 49%

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $4746 to $5518 less than for the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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