2019 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Acura RDX

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Safety

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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 Acura RDX 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 RDX 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.

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 RDX doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the RDX have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive and front and rear parking sensors.

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 Acura RDX:

Edge

RDX

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

96

300

Neck Stress

200 lbs.

262 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

209

353

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Compression

83 lbs.

84 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

362/441 lbs.

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

Warranty

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There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are Acura dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 RDX doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Edge’s reliability 11 points higher than the RDX.

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 Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 27 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 24th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Acura vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Acura is ranked 26th.

Engine

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The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 63 more horsepower (335 vs. 272) and 100 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 280) than the RDX’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST is faster than the Acura RDX:

Edge

RDX

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.4 MPH

90.7 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

RDX

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

A-Spec 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/27 hwy

A-Spec 2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/26 hwy

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (18.4 vs. 17.1 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the RDX (18.5 vs. 17.1 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge

Edge AWD

Edge ST

RDX

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

12.4 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

12.2 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 RDX are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the RDX:

Edge

RDX

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

133 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the RDX (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R19). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the RDX (265/40R21 vs. 255/40R20).

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge ST offers optional 21-inch wheels. The RDX’s largest wheels are only 20-inches.

Suspension and Handling

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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 RDX doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the RDX (112.2 inches vs. 108.3 inches).

The Edge ST handles at .83 G’s, while the RDX A-Spec AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.7 seconds quicker than the RDX AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.7 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The RDX doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space

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The Edge has 9.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the RDX (113.9 vs. 104).

The Edge has .6 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, .9 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 2.2 inches more rear legroom, 7.6 inches more rear hip room and 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the RDX.

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

Cargo Capacity

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The Edge has a much larger cargo volume than the RDX with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 31.1 cubic feet).

Towing

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Maximum trailer towing in the Acura RDX is limited to 1500 pounds. The Edge offers up to a 3500 lbs. towing capacity.

Ergonomics

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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 RDX doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system, and its AcuraLink 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 RDX’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

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

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 RDX doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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 RDX 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 RDX 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 RDX doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the RDX because it costs $54 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the RDX, including $120 less for a water pump, $175 less for front brake pads, $379 less for a starter, $30 less for fuel injection, $149 less for a fuel pump, $14 less for front struts and $318 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Acura RDX isn't recommended.

The Ford Edge outsold the Acura RDX by over two to one during 2018.

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