2019 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Chevrolet Blazer

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 Chevrolet Blazer 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 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.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

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 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 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

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 Blazer 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 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/2.0 Turbo) 170-amp alternator aren’t as powerful.

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 Blazer.

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 Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 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 has more powerful engines than the Blazer:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Edge ST 2.7 turbo V6

335 HP

380 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

193 HP

188 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

230 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

Blazer 3.6 DOHC V6

308 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Car and Driver the Ford Edge 2.0 Turbo is faster than the Chevrolet Blazer 4-cylinder:

Edge

Blazer

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.1 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

20 sec

24.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.6 sec

8.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.3 sec

16.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91 MPH

85 MPH

Top Speed

130 MPH

120 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Edge

FWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

2.7 turbo V6

19 city/26 hwy

Blazer

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4-cyl.

22 city/27 hwy

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/26 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge ST

Blazer

Front Rotors

13.6 inches

12.64 inches

Rear Rotors

13.6 inches

12.4 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 Blazer are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Blazer:

Edge

Blazer

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

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.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the Blazer RS 4x4 pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.1 seconds quicker than the Blazer RS 4x4 (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.1 seconds @ .65 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Blazer (8 vs. 7.4 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge ST’s minimum ground clearance is .8 inch higher than on the Blazer (8.2 vs. 7.4 inches).

Chassis

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Edge Titanium AWD is quieter than the Blazer RS 4x4:

Edge

Blazer

At idle

37 dB

38 dB

Full-Throttle

68 dB

74 dB

70 MPH Cruising

65 dB

66 dB

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.

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).

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 SEL/Titanium/ST’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.

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 Blazer doesn’t offer cornering lights.

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

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

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