2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Chevrolet Blazer

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge has standard Post Collision Braking, which automatically apply the brakes in the event of a crash to help prevent secondary collisions and prevent further injuries. The Blazer doesn’t offer a post collision braking system: in the event of a collision that triggers the airbags, more collisions are possible without the protection of airbags that may have already deployed.

Both the Edge and the Blazer have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee 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 and front and rear parking sensors.

Warranty

The Edge’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Blazer’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Edge has a standard 175-amp alternator. The Blazer’s standard 150-amp alternator and largest (V6 AWD) 170-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 6th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 5 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 52 more horsepower (245 vs. 193) and 87 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 188) than the Blazer’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 30 more horsepower (335 vs. 305) and 111 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 269) than the Blazer’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Brakes and Stopping

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Blazer are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Blazer (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Blazer’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge ST’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Blazer RS/Premier’s optional 45 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Blazer’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Blazer doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Passenger Space

The Edge has 6.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Blazer (113.9 vs. 107.8).

The Edge has .4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .3 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 3.3 inches more rear hip room and 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Blazer.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The Blazer’s rear seats don’t recline.

The front step up height for the Edge is 1 inches lower than the Blazer (17.5” vs. 18.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 1.4 inches lower than the Blazer’s (18” vs. 19.4”).

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Blazer with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.5 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Blazer with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 64.2 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Blazer’s liftover is 30.4 inches.

Ergonomics

The Edge’s front power windows open or close 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 Blazer’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge’s exterior PIN entry system. The Blazer doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its OnStar® can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

The Edge’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Blazer’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Edge Titanium/ST’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Blazer doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

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Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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