2020 Ford Edge vs. 2020 Mazda CX-30

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Safety

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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 Mazda CX-30 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 CX-30 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.

Both the Edge and the CX-30 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, driver alert monitors and available all-wheel drive.

The Ford Edge weighs 550 to 1293 pounds more than the Mazda CX-30. The NHTSA advises that heavier vehicles are much safer in collisions than their significantly lighter counterparts.

Warranty

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There are over 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability

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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 CX-30 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 CX-30’s 130-amp alternator 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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fourth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda 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 Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in reliability. With 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 21st.

Engine

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The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 59 more horsepower (245 vs. 186) and 89 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder. The Edge ST’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 149 more horsepower (335 vs. 186) and 194 lbs.-ft. more torque (380 vs. 186) than the CX-30’s 2.5 DOHC 4-cylinder.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl. is faster than the Mazda CX-30:

Edge

CX-30

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.2 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7.7 sec

8.7 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

3.8 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.7 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

89 MPH

88 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The CX-30 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 5.7 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 AWD’s standard fuel tank (18.4 vs. 12.7 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-30 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.5 vs. 13.5 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Environmental Friendliness

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certifies the Ford Edge as a “Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle” (PZEV). The Mazda CX-30 is only certified to “Super Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle” (SULEV) standards.

Transmission

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An eight-speed automatic is standard on the Ford Edge, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only a six-speed automatic is available for the CX-30.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Edge’s brake rotors are larger than those on the CX-30:

Edge

Edge ST

CX-30

Front Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

11.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.4 inches

13.6 inches

10.4 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

n/a

n/a

11.9 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 CX-30 are solid, not vented.

The Edge stops much shorter than the CX-30:

Edge

CX-30

70 to 0 MPH

175 feet

177 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

108 feet

119 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

137 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the CX-30 (245/60R18 vs. 215/65R16). The Edge ST’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-30 (265/40R21 vs. 215/65R16).

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 CX-30’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge ST’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 16-inch wheels are standard on the CX-30. The Edge ST’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

Suspension and Handling

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For superior ride and handling, the Ford Edge has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Mazda CX-30 has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-30’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The CX-30’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 CX-30 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 7.7 inches longer than on the CX-30 (112.2 inches vs. 104.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3.2 inches wider in the front and 3.1 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-30.

The Edge ST handles at .88 G’s, while the CX-30 Premium AWD pulls only .83 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge ST executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.4 seconds quicker than the CX-30 Premium AWD (26 seconds @ .7 average G’s vs. 27.4 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 1.1 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the CX-30 (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 1.3 inches higher than on the CX-30 (8.2 vs. 6.9 inches).

Chassis

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The front grille of the Edge uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The CX-30 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Edge ST uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The CX-30 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

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The Edge has 19.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-30 (113.9 vs. 94.1).

The Edge has 2.1 inches more front headroom, .9 inches more front legroom, 1.3 inches more front hip room, 4.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 4.3 inches more rear legroom, 4.3 inches more rear hip room and 6.9 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-30.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The CX-30’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat up than the CX-30 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 20.2 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo volume with its rear seat folded than the CX-30 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 45.2 cubic feet).

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-30 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The CX-30 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available liftgate can be opened and closed just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Towing

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The Edge has a 1500 lbs. towing capacity. The CX-30 has no towing capacity.

The Edge ST can be flat towed on all four wheels (dinghy towed), allowing recreational vehicle owners to bring it with them on the road. When they reach their destination, the Edge can be unhitched and driven around locally. The CX-30 can’t be towed flat on the ground.

Servicing Ease

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The Edge uses gas struts to support the hood for easier service access. The CX-30 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

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The Edge Titanium/ST’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The CX-30 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the CX-30 have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The CX-30 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-30 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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 CX-30 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

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 CX-30 doesn’t offer an exterior PIN entry system.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the CX-30 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the CX-30’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The CX-30 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s standard rear view mirror and optional side view mirrors have an automatic dimming feature. These mirrors can be set to automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The CX-30 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

Both the Edge and the CX-30 offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/ST also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the CX-30.

Optional air-conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/ST keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The CX-30 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

On extremely cold winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/ST’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Edge has a standard dual zone air-conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air-conditioning is only available on the CX-30 Select/Preferred/Premium.

The Edge (except SE) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-30 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

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 CX-30 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Mazda CX-30 isn't recommended.

The Ford Edge outsold the Mazda CX-30 by over 154 to one during 2019.

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