Jones Ford Wickenburg Compares 2018 Ford Edge VS 2018 Lexus RX Near Wickenburg, AZ

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2018 Ford Edge

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2018 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, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 13 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.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Lexus vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lexus is ranked 15th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the RX Series:




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

268 lbs.-ft.

RX 450h 3.5 DOHC V6 hybrid

308 HP


As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport is faster than the RX 450h:



RX Series

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

94.3 MPH

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 has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (18.5 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.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops shorter than the RX Series:



RX Series


60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

123 feet

Motor Trend

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).

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the RX 450h AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.3 seconds quicker than the RX 450h AWD (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 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, 2.1 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.5 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

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’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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $470 to $3335 less than the RX Series over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the RX Series, including $124 less for a water pump, $593 less for an alternator, $347 less for a starter, $188 less for fuel injection, $20 less for a fuel pump, $733 less for a timing belt/chain and $246 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $9100 to $12802 less than for the Lexus RX Series.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:



RX Series

Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Ford Edge outsold the Lexus RX Series by 23% during the 2016 model year.

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