2020 GMC Terrain vs. 2019 Ford Edge

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

For enhanced safety, the GMC Terrain’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 Terrain 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 Terrain as “Superior.” The Edge scores only 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

The Terrain Denali 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 Terrain 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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Ford Edge:

Terrain

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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Edge:

Terrain

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 GMC Terrain is safer than the Ford Edge:

Terrain

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 Terrain the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 157 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty

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

Reliability

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Terrain has a standard 700-amp battery. The Edge’s 540-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

Engine

The Terrain’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 Motor Trend the GMC Terrain 2.0 turbo 4-cyl. is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4-cyl.:

Terrain

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

15.9 sec

Fuel Economy and Range

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

MPG

Terrain

FWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

26 city/30 hwy

AWD

1.5 turbo 4-cyl.

25 city/28 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

Transmission

A nine-speed automatic is standard on the GMC Terrain, for better acceleration and lower engine speed on the highway. Only an eight-speed automatic is available for the Edge.

Brakes and Stopping

The Terrain stops shorter than the Edge:

Terrain

Edge

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

129 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

136 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

The Terrain 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

The Terrain Denali AWD handles at .79 G’s, while the Edge Titanium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Terrain Denali AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Edge Titanium (27.5 seconds @ .64 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Terrain w/17” wheels’ turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the Edge’s (37.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The Terrain w/19” wheels’ turning circle is .4 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (41.6 feet vs. 42 feet).

Chassis

The GMC Terrain may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 500 to 700 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The Terrain is 6.5 inches shorter than the Edge, making the Terrain easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Ergonomics

The Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain’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 Terrain 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

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Terrain is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost less on the Terrain than the Edge, including $93 less for front struts, $192 less for a timing belt/chain and $148 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the GMC Terrain will be $1868 to $4936 less than for the Ford Edge.

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