In the auto world, most people tend to focus on compact crossovers or full-size SUVs. However, there is a class right in-between these two popular categories that some people may have forgotten about. That is the midsize SUV class. These vehicles are perfect for people who need a little more room but don’t need three rows of seating. More cargo space and slightly more power under the hood are what you will get with these automobiles. In this article, we will go over all the details about two of the most popular midsize models available – 2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Jeep Cherokee.
Plenty of Room
Both the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Jeep Cherokee have comfortable seating for up to five people. Small families, people with pets, and even a group of friends can put either model to good use.
The differences in the interior space can be seen more clearly when we look at the cargo capacity. For instance, the Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the back row. This is plenty of room for groceries, luggage, or sports gear. If you find that you need more space, you can easily fold down the back seats to expand this area to 73.4 cubes.
On the other hand, the Cherokee only offers 25.8 cubic feet of storage space behind the back row. For a bit more space, you can lower the cargo floor to grow this area to 27.6 cubes. However, even with this expansion feature, the cargo capacity isn’t even close to the Edge’s. By folding the back row of seating down flat, you will be able to access 54.7 cubes of room. As a maximum number, that’s a bit disappointing compared to the Edge.
Under the Hood
While it is true that midsize SUVs are not as powerful as full-size models or trucks, that doesn’t mean that they can’t deliver adequate performance numbers to meet your off-roading needs. The great thing about choosing one of these middle models is that you will get a bit more power as opposed to a compact crossover, but you will also still get pretty good gas mileage.
The 2020 Ford Edge is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-L four-cylinder engine that produces 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. This standard powertrain is equipped with an 8-speed automatic transmission and FWD (AWD is optional), and it can tow about 1,500 pounds. The estimated fuel economy for this powertrain is set at 25 MPG combined (21 city/29 highway). If you want something more powerful, you’ll have to opt for the ST performance model. This version of the Edge uses a twin-turbocharged 2.7-L V6 engine to make 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It features the same transmission with AWD, and it can haul up to 3,500 pounds. The average fuel economy isn’t too bad, either. It’s set at 22 MPG combined (19 city/26 highway).
Under the hood of the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, you will find one of three engine options. First is a turbocharged 2.0-L four-cylinder engine that generates 180 hp and 171 lb-ft of torque. Mated with a 9-speed automatic transmission and FWD (AWD is optional), this model gets about 27 MPG combined (23 city/31 highway). It also has a maximum towing capacity of 2,000 pounds. The second engine option is a 2.4-L four-cylinder motor that pumps out 270 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Lastly, the 3.2-L V6 engine is paired with the same transmission and produces 271 hp and 239 lb-ft of torque. Due to the extra power, it can haul 4,500 pounds.
Every new vehicle these days comes in a variety of trim levels. Most of these trims build off one another, adding better features along the way. The most significant comparison you can make is to look at what’s offered on the base models.
The 2020 Ford Edge SE is the base model. This beauty comes well-equipped with numerous entertainment and safety features. The Sync 3 infotainment interface is shown on a large 8-inch touchscreen that uses Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth. You can stream your music through the 6-speaker sound system, access your favorite apps, make calls, and even text hands-free. The 4G LTE Wifi hotspot is ideal for people who like to go on road trips. You can stay connected everywhere. Advanced safety features include forward collision warning, emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, blindspot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
As for the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, the Latitude is its base model. This vehicle features the UConnect 4 infotainment interface that is displayed on a smaller 7-inch touchscreen. It also operates with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity for the same hands-free feature
s. However, it does not have a Wifi connection. Its safety suite includes forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, rear park assist, blindspot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
Jumping up to the top-of-the-line trim levels, this is where you will find more luxurious features.
The Ford Edge Titanium is the premium trim. It comes with power-adjustable heated seats that are draped in subtle leather. The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather to complete the elegant look inside. Ambient lighting throughout the cabin allows you to set a relaxing mood during long drives. There is also a navigation system to help you find your way. Added safety features include adaptive cruise control and evasive steering. Riding on 18-inch wheels, this luxurious trim also comes with a hands-free liftgate and plenty of chrome accents.
On the other hand, the Jeep Cherokee Limited comes with heated and ventilated front seats with leather upholstery. The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather, and the infotainment interface has been upgraded to a larger 8.4-inch touchscreen with navigation. Rolling on 18-inch aluminum wheels, this top-tier model also comes with a power liftgate.
Both of these models come with special trims that have been optimized for performance. However, these two are slightly different. One is enhanced for a sportier feel while the other is enhanced for better off-roading.
The Edge ST is powered by the V6 engine that we mentioned before. It features gas-pressurized twin-tube shocks in the front and an independent suspension for a much smoother driving experience. With heated leather seats, the entertainment features carry over along with a few extras such as a wireless charging pad and four power outlets. For safety, the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite has been added, including automatic high beams, pre-collision assist, and lane-keeping assist.
For the 2020 Jeep Cherokee, the Trailhawk is the performance model. Enhanced for better off-roading, this trim comes with a 4WD system only and the Selec-Terrain Traction Management System, which allows you to choose the appropriate driving mode. It’s got a higher ground clearance for traveling over rocks and wading through the shallow water, and it features dual tow hooks for hauling.
Which Vehicle is Best?
While both the 2020 Ford Edge and the 2020 Jeep Cherokee are excellent vehicles, the Edge certainly has, well, the edge. With space, performance, and special feature benefits, it is clear that the 2020 Ford Edge is the winner of this comparison.