Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2014 Ford Edge VS 2014 Toyota Venza Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2014 Ford Edge

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2014 Toyota Venza

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 Venza doesn't offer a collision warning system.

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 Venza doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

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 Venza 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 Venza 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, 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Toyota Venza:

Edge

Venza

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

36

105

Abdominal Force

107 G’s

147 G’s

Hip Force

415 lbs.

639 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

45 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

19 inches

21 inches

Hip Force

867 lbs.

915 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota 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 standard 600-amp battery. The Venza’s 582-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Venza:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Venza 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

181 HP

182 lbs.-ft.

Venza 3.5 DOHC V6

268 HP

246 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Edge Sport is faster than the Toyota Venza 4 cyl.:

Edge

Venza

Zero to 60 MPH

6.9 sec

8.4 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

19 sec

26.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.1 sec

8.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

84 MPH

Top Speed

112 MPH

109 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge 2.0 ECOBoost gets better fuel mileage than the Venza 4 cyl. FWD (21 city/30 hwy vs. 20 city/26 hwy).

On the EPA test cycle the Edge FWD with its standard V6 gets better fuel mileage than the Venza FWD V6 (19 city/27 hwy vs. 19 city/26 hwy).

The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Venza (19.2 vs. 17.7 gallons).

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

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 on the Venza are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Venza:

Edge

Venza

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

186 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

143 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Venza (265/40R22 vs. 245/55R19).

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 Venza V6’s 50 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Venza’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Venza’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Venza doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.9 inches longer than on the Venza (111.2 inches vs. 109.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.2 inches wider in the front and .7 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Venza.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the Venza 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 quicker than the Venza (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Edge’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the Venza’s (38.6 feet vs. 40.7 feet). The Edge Sport’s turning circle is 1.4 feet tighter than the Venza’s (39.3 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 4.8 inches shorter than the Venza, 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 Venza doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has .4 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more rear legroom than the Venza.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Edge automatically engages the starter until the car starts with one twist of the key and disables the starter while the engine is running. The Venza’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Venza doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Venza have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Venza prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The Venza doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Edge’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Venza’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Venza 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 $140 to $1485 less than the Venza over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Venza because it costs $322 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Venza, including $183 less for an alternator, $88 less for a starter, $143 less for fuel injection, $265 less for a fuel pump, $305 less for front struts and $572 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations Comparison

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. The Ford Edge is ranked above average in the Mid-Size Crossover Utility category. The Toyota Venza is ranked below average.

The Ford Edge outsold the Toyota Venza by almost four to one during 2013.

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