2020 Infiniti QX50 vs. 2020 Ford Edge

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Safety

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Over 200 people are killed each year when backed over by motor vehicles. The QX50 has standard Rear Automatic Braking that uses rear sensors to monitor and automatically apply the brakes to prevent a rear collision. The Edge doesn’t offer backup collision prevention brakes.

The QX50 Essential/Sensory/Autograph has a standard Around View® Monitor 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 QX50 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 and rear seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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, blind spot warning systems, rearview cameras, rear cross-path warning and available all wheel drive.

Warranty

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The QX50 comes with a full 4-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck and includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Edge’s 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 24,000 miles sooner.

Infiniti’s powertrain warranty covers the QX50 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Edge. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 6 years or 70,000 miles. Coverage on the Edge ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The QX50’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Edge’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti 11th in reliability, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Infiniti vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Infiniti 3 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine

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The QX50’s 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder produces 23 more horsepower (268 vs. 245) and 5 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 275) than the Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4-cylinder.

As tested in Motor Trend the Infiniti QX50 is faster than the Ford Edge turbo 4 cyl.:

QX50

Edge

Zero to 60 MPH

6.3 sec

7.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

89.3 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the QX50 gets better fuel mileage than the Edge:

MPG

QX50

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

23 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

22 city/28 hwy

Edge

2WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/29 hwy

4WD

2.0 Turbo 4-cyl.

21 city/28 hwy

Transmission

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The QX50 has a standard continuously variable transmission (CVT). With no “steps” between gears, it can keep the engine at the most efficient speed for fuel economy, or keep it at its peak horsepower indefinitely for maximum acceleration. The Edge doesn’t offer a CVT.

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the QX50’s standard front brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

QX50

Edge

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.4 inches

The QX50’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Edge AWD are solid, not vented.

The QX50 stops shorter than the Edge:

QX50

Edge

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

130 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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The QX50’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE/SEL’s standard 60 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the QX50 has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 18-inch wheels are standard on the Edge SE/SEL.

The QX50 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.

Changing a flat tire near traffic can be dangerous and inconvenient. The run-flat tires standard on the QX50 can be driven up to 50 miles without any air pressure, allowing you to drive to a service station for a repair. The Edge doesn’t offer run-flat tires.

Suspension and Handling

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The QX50 Essential AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Edge Titanium pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The QX50 Essential AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the Edge Titanium (26.7 seconds @ .66 average G’s vs. 28.2 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the QX50’s turning circle is 4 feet tighter than the Edge’s (36.4 feet vs. 40.4 feet). The QX50’s turning circle is 5.6 feet tighter than the Edge ST with 22” wheels’ (36.4 feet vs. 42 feet).

For greater off-road capability the QX50 has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Edge (8.6 vs. 8 inches), allowing the QX50 to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The QX50’s minimum ground clearance is .4 inch higher than on the Edge ST (8.6 vs. 8.2 inches).

Chassis

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The QX50 is 4.1 inches shorter than the Edge, making the QX50 easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the QX50 easier. The QX50’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 26.6 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 29.6 inches.

Servicing Ease

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J.D. Power and Associates surveys of service recipients show that Infiniti service is better than Ford. J.D. Power ranks Infiniti fourth in service department satisfaction. With a 67% lower rating, Ford is ranked 24th.

Ergonomics

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The QX50 (except Pure/Luxe/Essential) offers an available heads-up display that projects speed and navigation instruction readouts 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 QX50’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 QX50 the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The QX50 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.

Manual rear side window sunshades are available in the QX50 to help block heat and glare for the rear passengers. The Edge doesn’t offer rear side window sunshades.

When the QX50 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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The QX50 will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the QX50 will retain 47.09% to 47.54% of its original price after five years, while the Edge only retains 41.11% to 45.81%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the QX50 is less expensive to operate than the Edge because it costs $264 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the QX50 than the Edge, including $143 less for a muffler, $47 less for front brake pads and $204 less for a timing belt/chain.

Recommendations

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Consumer Reports® recommends both the Infiniti QX50 and the Ford Edge, based on reliability, safety and performance.

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