2019 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2019 Ford Edge

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The 4Runner has standard Active Headrests, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Headrests system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the 4Runner and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

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, results indicate that the Toyota 4Runner is safer than the Ford Edge:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Hip Force

233 lbs.

281 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Spine Acceleration

36 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

381 lbs.

647 lbs.

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


Toyota pays for scheduled maintenance on the 4Runner for 2 years and 25000 miles. Toyota will pay for oil changes, lubrication and any other required maintenance. Ford doesn’t pay scheduled maintenance for the Edge.


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 4Runner’s reliability 37 points higher than the Edge.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Toyota vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Toyota second in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

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


The 4Runner’s 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 25 more horsepower (270 vs. 245) and 3 lbs.-ft. more torque (278 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Toyota 4Runner is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

12.9 sec

13.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

21.2 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8.1 sec

9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

4.3 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

5.2 sec

5.5 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Toyota 4Runner uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The 4Runner has 4.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge (23 vs. 18.5 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping

The 4Runner stops shorter than the Edge:





70 to 0 MPH

184 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels

The Toyota 4Runner’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Ford Edge only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling

The 4Runner TRD Off-Road offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Edge doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The 4Runner’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (53.6% to 46.4%) than the Edge’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the 4Runner more stable handling and braking.

For better maneuverability, the 4Runner’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The 4Runner’s turning circle is 4.6 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (37.4 feet vs. 42 feet).


As tested by Car and Driver while cruising at 70 MPH, the interior of the 4Runner TRD Off-Road is quieter than the Edge Titanium AWD (67 vs. 68 dB).

Passenger Space

The 4Runner offers optional seating for 7 passengers; the Edge can only carry 5.

The 4Runner has 14.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Edge (128 vs. 113.9).

Cargo Capacity

The 4Runner’s cargo area provides more volume than the Edge.




Third Seat Folded

46.3 cubic feet


Third Seat Removed

47.2 cubic feet

39.2 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

89.7 cubic feet

73.4 cubic feet

The 4Runner’s optional sliding cargo floor is capable of supporting 440 pounds, to make loading and unloading cargo easier and safer. The Edge doesn’t offer a sliding load floor.

The 4Runner’s cargo area is larger than the Edge’s in almost every dimension:




Length to seat (2nd/1st)



Max Width



Min Width






The 4Runner’s rear cargo window opens separately from the rest of the liftgate door to allow quicker loading of small packages. The Edge’s rear cargo window doesn’t open.


The 4Runner’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Edge’s (5000 vs. 1500 pounds).

Servicing Ease

The engine in the 4Runner is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Edge. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because there are no rear spark plugs and the accessory belts are in front.


The 4Runner’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.

If the windows are left open on the 4Runner the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. (Your Toyota service department must activate this window function.) The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The 4Runner’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST.

Economic Advantages

The 4Runner will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the 4Runner will retain 64.99% to 80.19% of its original price after five years, while the Edge only retains 45.68% to 49.43%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the 4Runner is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $297 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the 4Runner than the Edge, including $274 less for a muffler, $69 less for front brake pads, $122 less for front struts and $564 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Toyota 4Runner will be $4377 to $4476 less than for the Ford Edge.


The TRD Pro was selected by Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine as their 2015 4x4 of the Year. The Edge has never been chosen.

The Toyota 4Runner outsold the Ford Edge by 5572 units during 2018.

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