2019 Ford Edge vs. 2020 GMC Terrain

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 GMC Terrain doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The GMC Terrain doesn’t offer height-adjustable front 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 Terrain 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 Terrain doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Both the Edge and the Terrain have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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 GMC Terrain:

Edge

Terrain

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

96

159

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

209

376

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Leg Forces (l/r)

121/25 lbs.

264/236 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 GMC Terrain:

Edge

Terrain

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

109

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1.1 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

195 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

357 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

288

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

55 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

297

377

Hip Force

585 lbs.

730 lbs.

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

Warranty

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

There are over 75 percent more Ford dealers than there are GMC 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 Terrain 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 Terrain’s 700-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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 15 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Ford vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Ford 7 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 80 more horsepower (250 vs. 170) and 77 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 203) than the Terrain’s standard 1.5 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 20 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 260) than the Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 83 more horsepower (335 vs. 252) and 120 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 260) than the Terrain’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge ST is faster than the GMC Terrain 2.0 Turbo:

Edge

Terrain

Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.8 sec

Quarter Mile

14.7 sec

15.4 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.4 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.4 vs. 14.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Terrain AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 15.6 gallons).

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Ford Edge higher (5 out of 10) than the GMC Terrain (3 to 5). This means the Edge produces up to 16.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Terrain every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

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

Edge

Edge AWD

Edge ST

Terrain 1.5T

Terrain 2.0T

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

13.6 inches

11.8 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

11.3 inches

11.3 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 Terrain are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the Terrain:

Edge

Terrain

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

130 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Terrain (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Terrain (265/40R21 vs. 235/50R19).

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 Terrain’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge ST’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Terrain’s optional 50 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 Terrain. The Edge ST’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels optional on the Terrain.

Suspension and Handling

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Terrain’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Terrain doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 4.9 inches longer than on the Terrain (112.2 inches vs. 107.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2.5 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Terrain.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the Terrain Denali AWD pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Terrain Denali AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Terrain SLE (8 vs. 6.9 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Edge ST’s minimum ground clearance is .3 inch higher than on the Terrain SLT/Denali (8.2 vs. 7.9 inches).

Passenger Space

The Edge has 10.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Terrain (113.9 vs. 103.2).

The Edge has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.7 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front hip room, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, 1.8 inches more rear headroom, .9 inches more rear legroom, 5.7 inches more rear hip room and 4.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the Terrain.

Cargo Capacity

The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the Terrain with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 29.6 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the Terrain with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 63.3 cubic feet).

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The Terrain doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Servicing Ease

The Edge uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The Terrain 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 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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Terrain’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 Terrain doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s available GPS navigation system has a real-time traffic update feature that plots alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service not available in all areas.) The Terrain’s available navigation system doesn’t offer real-time traffic updates.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Terrain because it costs $427 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Terrain, including $177 less for a water pump, $203 less for a muffler, $90 less for front brake pads, $284 less for a starter, $235 less for fuel injection and $354 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations

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

The Ford Edge outsold the GMC Terrain by 17% during 2018.

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