2019 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2018 Ford Edge

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Edge doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Edge doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Equinox Premier offers optional Low Speed Automatic Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Edge offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Equinox and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Edge:

 

Equinox

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/.1 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 149 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Edge’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Chevrolet pays for the first scheduled maintenance on the Equinox. Chevrolet will pay for the first oil change, lubrication and any other required maintenance in the first year. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.

Reliability

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To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Equinox has a standard 700-amp battery. The Edge’s 540-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 28 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Edge V6:

 

Equinox

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

7.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

21.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

7.9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Equinox diesel gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

 

 

Equinox

Edge

 

FWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/39 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

AWD

1.6 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

28 city/38 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

On the EPA test cycle the Equinox gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

 

 

Equinox

Edge

 

2WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

26 city/32 hwy

21 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/29 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

 

n/a

17 city/26 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

1.5 turbo 4 cyl./6-spd. Auto

25 city/30 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto

 

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./9-spd. Auto

22 city/28 hwy

n/a

 

Regardless of its engine, the Equinox’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) Ford only offers an automatic engine start/stop system on the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD.

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops much shorter than the Edge:

 

Equinox

Edge

 

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Edge doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Equinox w/19” wheels’ turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Edge Sport with 22” wheels’ (41.6 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 750 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The Equinox is 5 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Equinox LT AWD is quieter than the Edge Sport AWD (73 vs. 74 dB).

Ergonomics

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The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Edge does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Edge’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

The Equinox’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport.

When the Equinox Premier is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Equinox will cost $200 less than the Edge over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Edge, including $93 less for front struts, $188 less for a timing belt/chain and $257 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $3605 to $6097 less than for the Ford Edge.

Recommendations

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The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Ford Edge by over two to one during 2017.

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