The Ford vs Chevy debate has raged on for a century. Which brand offers the better pickups? Which has the better sports cars? Which one outperforms the other on the race track? Which of the two has the better luxury vehicles? No matter what the comparison is, there is always some way to boil down an automaker duel into a Ford versus Chevy comparison. Well, we’re doing it here today, and the specific topic of this article will be midsize SUVs between 2020 and 2022. More specifically, we’re taking a look at how the Blazer and the Edge have stacked up against each other, including comparing the 2022 Chevy Blazer vs 2022 Ford Edge.
Now there’s no reason to do an entire encyclopedia on these vehicles, but it may be interesting to highlight their differences over the last three model years. You might even be surprised at some of the results. We’ll take a look at features such as fuel economy and towing capacity, as well as interior space and cargo volume. So let’s get this underway.
2020 Chevy Blazer vs 2020 Ford Edge
This was a fascinating year for both the Blazer and the Edge. Why? Because both vehicles were coming off some big changes from the previous year. This helped set them apart from the competition for the 2019 model years but posed a problem for the 2020 model year as they didn’t have much new to offer. Even still, some minor changes were implemented to further refine their offerings.
The 2020 Blazer was coming off a completely fresh 2019 model launch. 2020 was just a continuation of the nameplate being relaunched for a more modern shopping audience. Chevrolet managed to buck trends with the re-emergence of the Blazer thanks to its aerodynamic lines and strikingly modern exterior. Of course, given that 2019 marked the new model year’s foray into the car shopping consciousness of potential SUV buyers, there wasn’t much reason to go all out for 2020.
So the highlight for 2020 was basically just the Blazer receiving a few touch-ups and modifications to its already much talked about feature list. One of the more notable additions was the 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder powertrain. The new engine option opened up potential shoppers to have access to 230 horsepower and up to 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine is slotted between the entry-level 2.5-liter 4-cylinder and the beefier 3.6-liter V6. Basically, it was designed to give you more power than the entry-level 4-cylinder and better fuel economy than the V6.
The 2020 Ford Edge was in a similar position to the 2020 Blazer, insofar that the previous year saw the Edge being on the receiving end of a mid-generation refresh. So what did this mean for the 2020 model year? It meant that the Edge received only some of the most basic touch-ups in the form of some trim options and color rotations. The changes for 2020 were far less significant than the additions the 2020 Blazer received, though. While the Blazer received an all-new powertrain option, the Edge only received an Elite Package for the Titanium trim, which included a Ceramic interior color scheme and Brunello door inserts sporting Brick Red stitching. The Brick Red stitching was also used for the embroidered Edge logo in the interior. It’s not a bad package, but it doesn’t really compare to an all-new powertrain.
2021 Chevy Blazer vs 2021 Ford Edge
The 2021 model year lineup of midsize SUVs and crossovers for Ford and Chevy was quite interesting. Why? Because all the major midsize vehicles were basically in a holdover state until being refreshed with something exciting in the following years. However, that didn’t mean that there still weren’t some changes to be made and some kind of modifications to be had. Both the Blazer and the Edge found themselves with some tweaks entering the 2021 model year.
The 2021 Ford Edge didn’t have a whole lot of new features to add to its lineup and was mostly in the stop-gap category. The midsize SUV received a minor infotainment upgrade and some interior luxury touch-ups. However, the 2021 model year was left relatively safe as a carryover from 2020. The upside to the infotainment upgrades and 19-inch wheels also meant the 2021 model year had more standard features coming off the line, which is always a good thing.
The 2021 Chevy Blazer was also in a similar position as its competitor from Ford. However, the stop-gap upgrades were more significant than those of the Edge. For instance, the Blazer received a trailering package upgrade that actually raised the overall towing capacity for front-wheel drive V6 models up to 4,500 pounds. The Blazer also received more standard safety features for the majority of the trims, making it a lot more enticing for prospective buyers.
2022 Chevy Blazer vs 2022 Ford Edge
The interesting thing about the 2022 Blazer and 2022 Edge is that while neither received any major changes for the year, the changes to the 2021 Blazer helped clarify what Chevrolet was planning for the 2022 model year. For instance, the trailering package that was introduced in the previous year was made standard for the 2022 Blazer models. That means that all Blazers are capable of towing at least 3,500 pounds. This was also affected by the fact that Chevy completely axed the 2.5-liter inline 4-cylinder (and with good reason), making the more powerful turbocharged 4-cylinder and the V6 the only two options.
The removal of the weaker power plant also meant the trim lineup for the 2022 Blazer was rearranged with the removal of the entry-level L and 1LT trims. Some people might see this as a bad thing, but focusing on powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains instead of a naturally aspirated 4-cylinder is definitely a big step up. Another change the 2022 Chevy Blazer received was an updated two-tone color scheme, which really helps highlight the vehicle’s extremely stylish exterior design.
By comparison, the Ford Edge looks rather pedestrian, and unfortunately, its 2022 offerings are equally as pedestrian. The only major addition that the 2022 Edge received is the Adventure Package for the SEL trim, which boosts the Edge’s off-road capabilities. The carryover of the 12-inch touchscreen with SYNC 4 technology for the 2022 model is a nice touch, but otherwise, there isn’t much to write home about here.
The 2022 Edge loses out to the 2022 Blazer in the overall fuel economy department, with the Blazer topping out at 25 MPG combined, while the Edge only manages up to 23 MPG combined. The Blazer also offers a higher towing capacity at 4,500 pounds, compared to the Edge’s 3,500 pounds. And the Blazer is overall less expensive compared to the Edge. Now the Edge does have the edge (pun intended) in the overall performance category and space, but only if you opt for the high-performance Edge ST.
Which Brand Is Better?
We’re back to that give-and-take scenario between Ford versus Chevy. The battle between the 2022 Chevy Blazer vs 2022 Ford Edge is like a see-saw, as you gain some ground in one area and give up some ground in another. Interestingly enough, Chevy beats Ford in price in each and every case from 2020 to 2022 in the midsize segment, but they both trade blows when it comes to the features of the Blazer and Edge. Though hands down, you’re getting a lot more towing capacity out of the 2022 Blazer versus the 2022 Edge, and if exterior styling is something you care about, the Blazer definitely pulls ahead in that category as well. But what do you think? And how do you feel the midsize offerings from Ford and Chevy measure up over the last three years?