Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Lexus RX Near Wikenburg, AZ

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Lexus RX

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 RX Series doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

Both the Edge and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 20 times as many Ford dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the RX Series:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

RX 350 3.5 DOHC V6

295 HP

267 lbs.-ft.

RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

308 HP

n/a

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.3 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the RX Series (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RX Series (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R18).

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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the RX Series’ optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RX Series’ largest wheels are only 20-inches.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 2.4 inches longer than on the RX Series (112.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Lexus RX Series.

The Edge is 4.4 inches shorter than the RX Series, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The RX Series doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has .8 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room and 2.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the RX Series with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 18.4 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the RX Series with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 56.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The RX Series doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 RX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The RX Series doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge won the Check it Out award in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

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