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To help make backing safer, the Edge’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Macan doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.
The Edge’s driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Macan doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.
Both the Edge and the Macan have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front and rear seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, post-collision automatic braking systems, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.
Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Porsche covers the Macan. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Macan ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.
There are almost 16 times as many Ford dealers as there are Porsche dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.
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 Macan doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.
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 Porsche vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Porsche is ranked 15th, below the industry average.
The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 2 more horsepower (250 vs. 248) and 7 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 273) than the Macan’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 28 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 352) than the Macan S’ standard 3.0 turbo V6.
On the EPA test cycle the Edge ST gets better fuel mileage than the Macan S (19 city/26 hwy vs. 18 city/23 hwy).
To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended for maximum performance). The Macan requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.
The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Macan doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Porsche Macan is only certified to “Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (ULEV) standards.
An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Edge, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a seven-speed automatic is available for the Macan.
For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Macan (245/60R18 vs. 235/60R18).
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 Macan doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.
For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Macan (112.2 inches vs. 110.5 inches).
The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Macan doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.
For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The Macan’s rear seats don’t recline.
The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Macan with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 17.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Macan with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 52.9 cubic feet).
To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Macan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.
The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Macan doesn’t offer a remote starting system.
To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Macan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.
While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Edge detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Macan doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.
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 Macan 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 Macan 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 Macan doesn’t offer an automated parking system.
The Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The Macan doesn’t offer a two-wheel drive configuration.
According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Macan because it costs $227 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Macan, including $211 less for a water pump, $406 less for a muffler, $168 less for front brake pads, $385 less for a starter, $199 less for fuel injection, $141 less for a fuel pump, $322 less for front struts and $144 less for a timing belt/chain.
Consumer Reports® recommends both the Ford Edge and the Porsche Macan, based on reliability, safety and performance.
The Ford Edge outsold the Porsche Macan by almost six to one during 2018.
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