2020 Chevrolet Equinox vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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For enhanced safety, the Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Edge doesn’t offer comfort guides on its rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Equinox are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Edge doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 6 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Equinox as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Equinox Premier offers an optional Surround Vision to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Equinox and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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

Equinox

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

17%

27%

Neck Stress

190 lbs.

200 lbs.

Neck Compression

10 lbs.

23 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

363/349 lbs.

423/514 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

26%

32%

Neck Stress

153 lbs.

180 lbs.

Neck Compression

51 lbs.

83 lbs.

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 Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Edge:

Equinox

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

0 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

22 cm

25 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

.7/.1 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 Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Ford Edge:

Equinox

Edge

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

630 lbs.

647 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

13 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

40 G’s

53 G’s

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Equinox the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 169 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Edge’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox first among compact suvs in their 2019 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fourth in reliability, above the industry average. With 31 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

Engine

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The Equinox’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 7 more horsepower (252 vs. 245) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Car and Driver the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

Equinox

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.6 sec

8.3 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

23.3 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7 sec

9 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.2 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

86 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Equinox

FWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/31 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/29 hwy

AWD

1.5 Turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/30 hwy

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Edge

FWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

AWD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

Transmission

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A nine-speed automatic is standard on the Chevrolet Equinox 2.0 turbo 4 cyl., for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

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The Equinox stops much shorter than the Edge:

Equinox

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

161 feet

187 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

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The Equinox has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Edge doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling

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The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Edge’s (57.8% to 42.2%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

The Equinox Premier AWD handles at .86 G’s, while the Edge Titanium AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Equinox Premier executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Edge Titanium (27.7 seconds @ .61 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Equinox’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Equinox w/19” wheels’ turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (41.6 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 850 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The Equinox is 5.7 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Equinox easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Towing

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All models of the Equinox can be flat towed on all four wheels, allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Equinox can be unhitched and driven around locally. Only the Edge ST can be dinghy towed.

Ergonomics

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The Equinox’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge - which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Edge does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower 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 Edge’s rear power window switches have to be held the entire time to open them fully.

The Equinox’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.

When the Equinox with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Edge’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the Edge is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Equinox is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the Equinox than the Edge, including $93 less for front struts, $192 less for a timing belt/chain and $260 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $2 to $5338 less than for the Ford Edge.

Recommendations

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J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox second among compact suvs in owner reported satisfaction. This includes how well the vehicle performs and satisfies its owner’s expectations. The Edge isn’t in the top three in its category.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Ford Edge by almost three to one during the 2019 model year.

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