Ford Escape vs Ford Edge: Squaring off two of the top-selling and best-reviewed compact SUVs on the market. And it just so happens they're both from Ford.
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A strong argument could be made for the proposition that Ford invented the modern SUV when it launched the Explorer in 1991 (though fans of the Jeep Cherokee and the Isuzu Trooper – are there fans of the Trooper? – may argue with you.) These days, one of the strongest emerging car market niches is the compact or crossover SUV. Here again, Ford is offering to lead the way with a couple of very impressive options: the Ford Escape and the Ford Edge. These two very similar cars both feature impressive off-road capabilities while being nimble enough for city driving.
You may want to conduct a Ford Escape vs. Ford Edge comparison to determine if either model might be right for your family. Sizing these two up may also help you determine if a compact or crossover SUV is the right car to support your lifestyle, including your hobbies. Both come in a variety of packages with options designed to enhance performance, safety and comfort.
While this guide can help you compare these two vehicles, one of the very best ways to determine which model best suits you is to get behind the wheel and take each for a spin. Connect with local Ford dealers to find the lowest price quotes in your area and set up test-drives for each model.
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Escape is that it is the smaller of the two vehicles. If you have a commute that takes you into an urban, downtown setting every day, this might be the better choice for you. The 2014 Ford Escape comes in three basic packages:
- Ford Escape S
- Ford Escape SE
- Ford Escape SE/Titanium
The entry-level Ford Escape S is equipped with Ford’s 2.4L Duratec engine that delivers a tidy little 168-hp. The Escape SE features Ford’s 1.6L EcoBoost engine, a more efficient motor as indicated by the fact that despite being a bit smaller, it delivers noticeably more horsepower (178-hp.) Step up to the Escape SE/Titanium and you’ll have the option of a 2.0L EcoBoost enginer zipping along at 240-hp. All three models deliver that power through a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
The basic Escape S comes in front-wheel drive only while the SE and the SE Titanium give you the option of either front-wheel drive of Ford’s Intelligent 4WD. If fuel economy is one of your top concerns, the Escape gets an estimated 21-23 mpg in the city and 28 -32 mpg on the highway.
The retail price of the 2014 Ford Escape ranges from a base MSRP of $22,610 for the basic Escape S, $25,060 for the Escape SE and $28,610 for the Escape SE Titanium.
All three package options for the 2014 Escape are covered with Ford’s standard 3 year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper and limited powertrain warranty. In addition the Safety Restraint systems on all Escapes have separate 5-year/60,000 mile coverage and each model is covered by a separate Corrosion coverage provision extending for 5-years/60,000 miles.
Ford manufactured the new Escape in the following exterior colors:
- Ingot silver metallic
- Karat gold
- Tuxedo black
- Deep impact blue
- Ruby red tinted clearcoat
- White platinum tricoat
- Sterling grey metallic
- Light stone
The Escape has been well received by car reviewers and critics, and the growth in sales tends to suggest that consumers are happy with the minor tweaks Ford made to the car in 2014. One consistent refrain in all the reviews is that with its wealth of standard features, its improving fuel efficiency and its lower starting price tags, Escape is lining up to be the stiffest competition to the best-selling Honda CR-V.
The Ford Edge is sort of a transition vehicle between the smaller Escape and the full-blown SUV still found in the Ford Explorer. For 2014, there are four basic models/finish packages a consumer may choose from within the Edge class:
- Edge SE
- Edge SEL
- Edge Limited
- Edge Sport
With the SE, SEL and Limited editions, you have a choice between a 2.0L Ford EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine that delivers an efficient 240-hp or a more powerful 3.5L 6-cylinder engine that puts out 280-hp. The Sport model comes with the even more powerful 3.7L V-6 engine pushing a pulse-racing 305-hp and 280-lb ft. of torque. All four model packages are propelled with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission (though the Sport has the option of selecting a transmission with a paddleshift feature.)
The Edge gets anywhere from 18-19 mpg in the city and 26-27 mpg on the highway, making it a bit less fuel-efficient than the Escape. Take a moment to put that in perspective: you're sacrificing just a few mpgs for a bigger, more powerful engine and far roomier ride. (The Edge also has substantially more towing capacity than the Escape.) The seats are covered with your choice of medium light stone cloth or charcoal black cloth.
The 2014 Edge is available an expanded range of colors, with nine selections in all:
- Deep impact blue
- Ingot silver
- Oxford white
- Mineral grey
- Tuxedo black
- White platinum tri-coat
- Kodiak brown
- Ruby red
You can get into the 2014 Ford Edge with a reasonable investment for a car of its class and performance specs. The MSRP for the entry-level Edge SE starts at $28,100. Step up a it to the SEL and your opening bid for an MSRP will be $31,300. Go with the Limited and you’re looking at a starting MSRP of $35,100. Take the road to more power and perks and get the Sport edition and you’re looking at a starting MSRP of $37,600.
Standard safety features in the Ford Edge include antilock brakes, an emergency braking assist, rear child safety locks, traction control, stability control, an engine immobilizer and child-seat anchors.
When you are ready to purchase a new car, make a list of must-have features and determine your budget before visiting a dealership. If you have any optional features in mind, write them down so you can ask about them at the dealership.
Compare the Ford Escape vs. Ford Edge before taking a test drive, as one of these models might serve your needs better than the other. If you find out neither of them meet your exact needs, consider some of the other award-winning Ford Models.
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