2019 Ford Edge vs. 2019 Honda CR-V

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Honda CR-V doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

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 CR-V 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 CR-V have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 rear parking sensors.

The Ford Edge weighs 447 to 1170 pounds more than the Honda CR-V. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Honda CR-V:

Edge

CR-V

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

220

Neck Compression

23 lbs.

66 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

209

283

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

111 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

183/200 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Ford Edge is safer than the Honda CR-V:

Edge

CR-V

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

137

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

130 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

354 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

125

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

53 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

390

Hip Force

585 lbs.

743 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty

There are almost 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Honda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The CR-V doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 760-amp battery. The CR-V’s 410-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 66 more horsepower (250 vs. 184) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 180) than the CR-V LX’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 60 more horsepower (250 vs. 190) and 101 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 145 more horsepower (335 vs. 190) and 201 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 179) than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge is faster than the Honda CR-V:

Edge turbo 4 cyl.

Edge ST

CR-V LX

CR-V 1.5T

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

6.1 sec

8.6 sec

8.2 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CR-V doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (18.4 vs. 14 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CR-V (18.5 vs. 14 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

For better stopping power the Edge’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CR-V:

Edge

Edge AWD

Edge ST

CR-V

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.1 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

10.2 inches

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

The Edge stops much shorter than the CR-V:

Edge

CR-V

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

176 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the CR-V (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R17). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CR-V (265/40R21 vs. 235/65R17).

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 CR-V LX’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge ST’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the CR-V LX. The Edge ST’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring.

Suspension and Handling

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

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The CR-V doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 7.5 inches longer than on the CR-V (112.2 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the CR-V.

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the CR-V Touring AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the CR-V Touring AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 28.3 seconds @ .6 average G’s).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the CR-V Touring AWD:

Edge

CR-V

At idle

37 dB

40 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

69 dB

Passenger Space

The Edge has 8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CR-V (113.9 vs. 105.9).

The Edge has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 2.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear legroom, 8 inches more rear hip room and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CR-V.

The front step up height for the Edge is 1.5 inches lower than the CR-V (17.5” vs. 19”).

Cargo Capacity

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the CR-V’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

CR-V

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.7”/74.8”

37.5”/71”

Max Width

63.3”

54”

Min Width

45.3”

41.5”

Height

34.5”

41”

Towing

Maximum trailer towing in the Honda CR-V is limited to 1500 pounds. The Edge offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Servicing Ease

The Edge uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CR-V uses a prop rod to support its heavy hood. It takes two hands to open the hood and set the prop rod, the prop rod gets in the way during maintenance and service, and the prop rod could be knocked out, causing the heavy hood to fall on the person maintaining or servicing the car.

Ergonomics

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the CR-V have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CR-V prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Edge’s front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The CR-V’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. The CR-V EX/EX-L/Touring’s rear windows don’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 SEL/Titanium/ST’s exterior PIN entry system. The CR-V doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 CR-V LX’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the CR-V’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Edge has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The CR-V has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the EX/EX-L/Touring.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Edge Titanium/ST offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The CR-V doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Edge Titanium/ST offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CR-V offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the CR-V offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/ST also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CR-V.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/ST keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CR-V doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CR-V doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Ford Edge (except SE) offers an optional wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the center console. The CR-V doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CR-V doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 CR-V doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the CR-V because typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the CR-V, including $449 less for a starter, $116 less for fuel injection and $101 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Edge and the Honda CR-V, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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