The Ford Escape is by far our best selling SUV at Dovi Motors, primarily due to its utility for a wide range of customers and attractive price point. The Ford Edge offers an upgraded experience in just about every way. If you would like to add a little more luxury to your daily commute, keep reading!
The Evolution of Edge to Escape
The bottom line difference between these two vehicles is engineering, but before we go into the specifics, here is a short history on the “Crossover” vehicle. In the early 2000s there were two distinct ways to build a vehicle, body-on-frame and unibody (sub-frame). Carfax has a nice blog entry on the difference you can read about here.
Up until 2001 all of the Ford SUVs were body on frame construction. This made them feel like a truck when driving them around town. If you ever owned a 1999 Ford Explorer you will know what I’m talking about.
In 2001 Ford released the Escape. This was the first true Ford “SUV” that featured a unibody construction in the line up. The result was a surprisingly car-like ride but with the ground clearance of an SUV. The Edge came out in 2006 and the term “Crossover” appeared, to distinguish the new unibody from the older body-on-frame SUVs.
Soon after the Escape was transitioned to a larger unibody construction and with the release of the redesigned Escape in 2013 the term SUV and Crossover could be used interchangeably, though Ford has continued to refer to the Edge as a crossover and the Escape as an SUV.
Differences between the Edge and the Escape
The Edge is technically larger than the Escape, though both vehicles are 5 passenger. Here is a passenger chart from a past post on the different SUVs in the Ford lineup:
If you regularly have adults sitting in the back seat or if you are dealing with 3 car seats, you definitely want to take a look at the Edge.
There are a number of other engineering enhancements that make the Edge ride like a premium vehicle. There is more attention given to sound dampening materials as well as vibration isolation. When you cruise down the highway in an Edge, it fells like gliding compared with the Escape, which omits some of these finer points to keep the price down. Ford actually has a whole department that focuses on NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) reductions. The fit and finish as well as seating materials are improved in the Edge and there is more head and shoulder room too.
The bottom line
If the Edge and Escape were the same price, I think that everyone would choose the Edge. Other than a little more back seat room the two vehicles are functionally the same. However, a test drive of the Edge quickly reveals the superior build quality and engineering, which commands a higher price.
On a final note, if you are comparing the Edge to comparable vehicle in the luxury segment like Lexus or BMW I would encourage you to come take the Edge for a drive. You can get an Edge for 15-20 grand less than the comparable luxury model and I think they ride is just as good or better!
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