The Ford Edge is one of many midsize crossover SUVs in what could be considered an overcrowded market. There are a lot of different SUVs to choose from within the segment, and it seems like there’s always a new one being introduced when you’re not looking. But for the ones that are there, how do they stack up against one another, and what makes certain midsize SUVs, like the 2022 Ford Edge, stand out among the competition?
It’s easy to overlook the Ford Edge when you see it next to the Chevy Blazer or the Nissan Murano. But on a more practical basis, how well does the 2022 Ford Edge hold up? Does it have more space than some of its nearest competitors? How about safety? Performance? What about infotainment? Today, we’re going to be running through some of the nearest competitors to the Edge and see what separates Ford’s midsize SUV from them.
What Separates the 2022 Ford Edge From the 2022 Kia Telluride?
The Ford Edge faces stiff competition from the economical and contemporary midsize crossover from Kia, the Telluride. Both aim to conquer the segment with unique features that attract specific SUV shoppers, but while the Telluride offers up third-row seating and some fancy trim options, the Ford Edge does manage to step out in front in a few key areas. Specifically when it comes to upper-end performance and infotainment.
While the base Lambda V6 engine outperforms the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the Edge (due to the latter being a 4-cylinder), the Edge does make a comeback with its own V6 offering. The 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 tops out at 335 horsepower over the Telluride’s 291 horsepower. It also provides almost 50% more torque at an impressive 380 pound-feet. In fact, even the turbocharged 4-cylinder delivers more torque than the Lambda V6, with the former squaring away at 280 pound-feet and the latter maxing out at 262 pound-feet.
Another area where the Ford Edge takes the lead is in the infotainment department. The Kia Telluride has an HD touchscreen that tops out at 10.25 inches, whereas the 2022 Ford Edge has an infotainment suite with a standard 12-inch diagonal display. So while the Edge may lack a third row, it makes up for it with more power and infotainment convenience.
What Separates the 2022 Ford Edge From the 2022 Chevy Blazer?
One of the most popular midsize SUVs on the market at the moment is the visually spectacular Chevy Blazer. It only takes one glance from the average person to see why it’s one of the more popular midsize SUVs on the market. It looks great, but looks can only carry a vehicle so far. The features, performance, and interior have to be as feature-rich as the exterior. And while the Blazer may have a lot of midsize SUVs beat in the aesthetics department, the Edge takes a few style points elsewhere.
The most notable edge (pun intended) that the 2022 Ford Edge has over the Blazer is in its performance. Both midsize SUVs have 4-cylinder and V6 powertrain options, but in both cases, the Edge comes out on top with higher-end performance not only in horsepower but also with torque, since the Blazer tops out at 308 horsepower and only 270 pound-feet of torque. So while you might have a really snazzy-looking SUV in the Blazer, it isn’t quite as performance-ready as its looks suggest.
Another area where the Edge takes the lead over the Blazer is in the cargo volume. The Blazer sacrifices some space for style, whereas the Edge sacrifices style for space. This is evident by the fact that the Blazer has 30.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row, whereas the Edge features 39.2 cubic feet of storage space. There’s an even larger gap between the two with the second-row seats folded, as the Blazer offers up 64.2 cubic feet of space while the Edge delivers 73.4 cubic feet. So Ford’s model is more powerful and more spacious than the Blazer.
What Separates the 2022 Ford Edge From the Nissan Murano?
Much like the other midsize SUVs on the list, the 2022 Ford Edge maintains its dominance over the Nissan Murano when it comes to performance capabilities. It’s one of the go-to highlights of the midsize SUV; the EcoBoost engines are just designed to give Ford’s SUV a real edge (yet another pun intended) over the competition. The Murano has a standard 3.5-liter V6, but performance-wise it comes up short against the Edge both in terms of horsepower and torque.
The Murano does tie with the Edge in terms of fuel economy for the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder, but the Murano squeezes ahead when comparing the fuel economy against the EcoBoost V6. The Edge’s V6 manages 19 miles per gallon in the city and up to 25 miles per gallon on the highway. The Murano, however, can do 20 miles per gallon in the city and up to 28 miles per gallon on the highway. It’s not a big difference, but it is a difference.
Another area where the Edge shines is in the safety department. The upper trims of the Murano come equipped with features such as automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, an intelligent around view monitor, and lane departure warnings. They help flesh out the Safety Shield 360 suite that Nissan provides for the midsize SUV. However, when you look at the Ford Co-Pilot 360 suite, which not only features all of the aforementioned technologies but also comes with a lot more noteworthy safety features. For instance, you have access to adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go lane centering, evasive steering assist, enhanced active park assist, and blind spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert. In this case, more is better.
What Separates the 2022 Ford Edge From the 2022 Kia Sorento?
One of the more popular midsize SUVs on the market is the 2022 Kia Sorento. It’s powered by two different 4-cylinder engines, a standard 2.5-liter and a turbocharged 2.5-liter. Both come up short in the horsepower and torque department compared to the Edge, but the Sorento does get an advantage over the Edge in terms of having two different 8-speed transmissions, one of which is a traditional automatic and the other being a dual-clutch.
The Sorento also manages to get the one-up on the Edge in terms of how many trims are available. But the Edge wins out in various other categories. For instance, when it comes to passenger volume, the Sorento tops out at 105.3 cubic feet of space. The Edge? 113.9 cubic feet of space. The Sorento does take an ever-so-slight advantage in the cargo space department, keeping the rivalry tight. However, the Edge breaks away in one area where it has continued to dominate: infotainment.
In this case, even the Kia Sorento can’t keep up, topping out with an optional 10.25-inch HD touchscreen. The Ford SYNC 4A suite, however, seems to be one of the deciding factors in keeping the Edge out in front of the competition, and with two 4.2-inch LCD information clusters for the driver, as well as a standard 12-inch multi-function HD touchscreen, it just stomps its nearest competitors.
A Very Competitive Midsize SUV
When you measure up some of the basic features and performance of the 2022 Ford Edge to other midsize SUVs within the market segment, it’s quite apparent that Ford’s model is no slouch. In fact, it’s just the opposite; the Edge is a real force to be reckoned with. While it doesn’t capture every category against every competitor, it’s still a noteworthy option in the segment and proves to be quite a formidable nameplate from the blue oval brand.