2019 Mazda CX-5 vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The CX-5 has standard Whiplash-Reducing Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash-Reducing Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Smart City Brake Support optional in the CX-5 as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

Both the CX-5 and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning, available all wheel drive and lane departure warning systems.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Ford Edge:

CX-5

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

82

96

Neck Injury Risk

23%

27%

Leg Forces (l/r)

160/307 lbs.

423/514 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

156

209

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.6 inches

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Edge:

CX-5

Edge

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

1 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/.3 kN

2.2/1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

0%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

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 Mazda CX-5 is safer than the Ford Edge:

CX-5

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.6 inches

Hip Force

189 lbs.

281 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

524 lbs.

647 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

32 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

435 lbs.

585 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in IIHS driver and passenger-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, roof strength and head restraint tests, its standard front crash prevention system, and its headlight’s “Good” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the CX-5 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2019, a rating granted to only 45 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2016.

Reliability

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 CX-5’s reliability 32 points higher than the Edge.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Mazda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Mazda third in reliability. Ford is ranked 18th.

Engine

The CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature’s standard 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. produces 5 more horsepower (250 vs. 245) and 35 lbs.-ft. more torque (310 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

The CX-5’s 2.2 turbo diesel produces 15 lbs.-ft. more torque (290 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the CX-5 GT Reserve/Signature 2.5 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

CX-5

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

16.7 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.7 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the CX-5 gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

MPG

CX-5

FWD

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

25 city/31 hwy

2.5 turbo 4 cyl.

23 city/28 hwy

AWD

2.2 turbo 4 cyl. Diesel

27 city/30 hwy

2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

24 city/30 hwy

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

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the CX-5 2.5 non-turbo’s fuel efficiency. The Edge doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

Environmental Friendliness

In its Green Vehicle Guide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rates the Mazda CX-5 higher (7 out of 10) than the Ford Edge (3 to 5). This means the CX-5 produces up to 24.5 pounds less smog-producing pollutants than the Edge every 15,000 miles.

Brakes and Stopping

The CX-5 stops much shorter than the Edge:

CX-5

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

173 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

123 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Suspension and Handling

The CX-5 Signature AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The CX-5 Grand Touring AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Edge Titanium (27.8 seconds @ .59 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the CX-5’s turning circle is 4.4 feet tighter than the Edge’s (36 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The CX-5’s turning circle is 6 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (36 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The Mazda CX-5 may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 400 to 550 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The CX-5 is 9.7 inches shorter than the Edge, making the CX-5 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

The CX-5’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (2000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Ergonomics

The CX-5 offers an optional heads-up display that projects speed in front of the driver’s line of sight, allowing drivers to view information without diverting their eyes from the road. The Edge doesn’t offer a heads-up display.

The CX-5’s front and rear power windows all 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 Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open or close them fully.

The CX-5 has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Edge doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The CX-5’s headlights were rated “Good” to “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Edge’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the CX-5 Grand Touring/Signature has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Edge doesn’t offer cornering lights.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the CX-5 owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the CX-5 with a number “1” insurance rate while the Edge is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the CX-5 is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $144 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the CX-5 than the Edge, including $58 less for a water pump, $350 less for a muffler, $55 less for front brake pads, $59 less for a fuel pump, $30 less for front struts, $603 less for a timing belt/chain and $441 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Mazda CX-5 will be $5576 to $9335 less than for the Ford Edge.

Recommendations

Consumer Reports® recommends both the Mazda CX-5 and the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The CX-5 was chosen as one of Car and Driver’s “Top Five/10Best Trucks” for 2 of the last 2 years. The Edge has never been a Car and Driver “Top Five/10Best Truck” pick.

The Mazda CX-5 outsold the Ford Edge by 12% during 2018.

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