The Edge weighs almost 500 pounds less than the Explorer because it doesn’t have the third row of seats. There’s a ten-inch difference in their curb length. However, the Edge wheelbase is 112.2 inches and the Explorer measures 112.8. Not much difference there! Explorers seat three rows of passengers, up to seven people, with a whopping 151 cubic feet of space. The Escape seats two rows of passengers, up to five people, with a generous 113.9 cubic feet. While the Explorer has 39.5 inches of second-row legroom, the Escape is able to offer 40 inches. Another difference is cargo space. Since the Escape isn’t seating as many people, it has a large 39.2 cubic foothold. This is one of the biggest in its class. The Explorer has a 21 cubic foothold, which is also one of the biggest in the three-row class. Some three-row vehicles only offer 15 or 18 cubes. For the Explorer, you can also expand the hold by folding the rear seats and claiming 43 cubes or even 80 cubes of space. The Edge maxes out at a generous 73 cubes with the seats folded.
The Edge has a turbo engine that delivers 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque. Since it weighs less than the Explorer, it can do more with every horse under the hood. Since it is a turbo, the Edge offers better fuel economy. Of course, that’s to be expected from a two-row SUV when compared to any three-row SUV.
Explorers need more power to pull more weight and more people. As such, it has a V6 engine that generates 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. There are two more choices. For fuel savings without losing performance, you can choose the same turbo that you find on the Edge. If you want to maximize power, there’s a twin-turbo 3.5-liter Ecoboost engine.
The Edge and Explorer offer premium cabins with today’s favorite technologies. The Sync system makes it easy to find the music you love. Advanced safety features can keep you out of harm’s way by warning you about lane departures and collision dangers. A lane keeper and an auto brake can reduce the chances of an accident even further. Cabin designs include rich upholsteries, soft-touch panels, and handsome accents. You can have climate-controlled power chairs, multi-zone climate controls, and, with the Explorer, rear sunshades to help control your temperature.
Find out more at Five Star Ford Stone Mountain. We invite you to take a test drive and discover whether the Escape or the Explorer is right for you.
All figures are EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.