2021 Ford Edge
2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Edge vs 2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Edge vs 2021 Ford Explorer


With many crossover and SUV options to choose among from Ford, you may be wondering which one is the right match for you. Our team at Friendly Ford of Hamilton is here to help show you the key differences between two of our most popular models: the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer.

If our Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, NY, friends have any questions along the way, just give us a call.


Ford Edge Engine Specs


Ford Explorer Towing Power

Edge vs Explorer: Supreme Towing Power

A bold adventure vehicle calls for the proper engine to propel you forward. More power output also means you'll be able to tow your camper or trailer with ease.

In the Ford Edge, you'll have your choice between the following powertrains:

  • Twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost® turbocharged engine: 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.7-liter EcoBoost® V6 twin-turbocharged engine: 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque

When properly equipped, this SUV can haul a maximum 3,500 pounds, meaning you can bring your lightweight travel trailer or a few jet skis on your next weekend escape.

If you need more brawn to carry your small hard-sided RV or small recreational boat, then you'll prefer the two engines the Ford Explorer has to offer:

  • 2.3-liter EcoBoost® I-4 turbocharged engine: 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0-liter EcoBoost® V6 twin-turbocharged engine: 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque

When properly armed, this SUV can handle a maximum 5,600 pounds. So, the answer to which vehicle is right for you depends on your specific hauling needs.


Ford Explorer Interior Space

Interior Measurements in These Ford SUVs

Another important aspect when selecting an SUV is interior space. The Ford Edge offers a cozy interior for up to five passengers along with 39.2 cubic feet of space for groceries, weekend bags, or camping gear. If more room is needed for bulky items, simply configure the 60/40 split-fold-flat rear seat for up to 73.4 cubic feet of cargo room.

If you have a larger family, consider selecting the Ford Explorer with seating for seven passengers. Three rows of seating means you'll have more seating configurations as well as extra cargo space:

  • Behind Third Row: 18.2 cubic feet
  • Behind Second Row: 47.9 cubic feet
  • Behind First Row: 87.8 cubic feet

2021 Ford Edge Interior Technology


Ford Explorer Interior Technology

Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer: Infotainment

Regardless of where you’re traveling, you love listening to music and podcasts and being able to see your maps clearly. It’s part of what makes driving fun. The Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer both offer top-of-the-line infotainment technology just for this purpose. Each vehicle comes equipped with a large LCD touchscreen for a clear view of the most important features of your phone and more.

To maximize the screen, consider the Ford Edge since it features an available 12.1-inch touchscreen, whereas the Ford Explorer offers a 10.1-inch screen. Both vehicles come standard with wireless Bluetooth® connectivity, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and a 6-speaker audio system. However, if you want to take your audio experience up a notch, each vehicle offers a 12-speaker B&O Sound System by Bang & Olufsen.

Unique to Ford is SYNC® technology, which is a voice-activated system that can literally do everything from playing music to ordering a pizza. With built-in apps and the ability to coexist with your smartphone, there’s no limit to the things you can do. If you need to access manuals about your car, SYNC® also has them at the ready.

For the latest in SYNC® technology, however, drivers may want to consider the Ford Edge since it has SYNC® 4A available. The Ford Explorer comes with SYNC® 3. Regardless of which vehicle you choose, you’re guaranteed to enjoy crystal-clear audio and do so much without ever taking your eyes off the road.


Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer: MPG

For any driver, it’s important to get the most out of your car’s MPG. The Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer are both fuel-efficient vehicles with comparable miles per gallon and capabilities to maximize your fuel tank. In the Ford Edge, drivers will get an EPA-estimated 21 city/29 highway MPG, and the Ford Explorer gets 27 city/29 highway MPG. Mileage will depend on your driving habits.

Though the city MPG in the Ford Edge is a bit less than what drivers will find in the Ford Explorer, the standard Auto Start-Stop Technology can help preserve fuel when the car’s not in motion by shutting off the engine and then starting it again as you begin to accelerate.


2021 Ford Edge Interior Space

Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer: Comfort

The Edge and the Explorer afford you the opportunity to ride in premium comfort, something that all drivers value. Standard in both vehicles is cloth seating, but you can opt for leather seats as you go up the trim ladder. To get the most out of your vehicle’s seats, the Ford Explorer offers Multicontour seats with Active Motion® that offer five massage settings to keep you relaxed while you drive.

You might like your car at a certain temperature, but your passengers may prefer something a bit different. With available dual zone electronic automatic temperature control, you can keep yourself comfortable at a temperature that works for you—and so can your passengers—all without any hassle!


Ford Explorer Safety


Ford Edge Safety

Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer: Advanced Safety

No matter which Ford SUV you choose, you can explore the road with added peace of mind thanks to standard Ford Co-Pilot360™. This suite of safety systems includes the following technologies:

  • Auto High-Beam Headlamps: Maintains high beams to provide an illuminated view of the road ahead. If another vehicle approaches, it automatically toggles to low beams so no one's view is compromised.
  • BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert: Keeps an eye on your side blind zones and alerts you to detected vehicles so you know when it's safe to change lanes. When you’re backing out of a parking space, it lets you know when another vehicle is approaching.
  • Lane-Keeping System: Detects unintentional lane sway and alerts you to help you stay on track.
  • Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking: Measures the distance between you and frontal obstacles, letting you know when you're too close. If needed, it applies the brakes to help avoid impact.
  • Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go: Adapts to the speed of other drivers on the road to ensure a smooth ride. Once the system senses it’s safe to do so, it can return to the speed you initially set. The system can also trace lanes in case the lines are hard to see.

For even greater protection, you can arm either the Ford Edge or the Ford Explorer with Active Park Assist. This feature intelligently steers your SUV into designated parking spaces to make even parallel parking a breeze.


Edge vs Explorer: Test Drive Your Favorite Ford SUV Today!

Interested in the roomy and secure Ford Edge? Or do you need the added interior space and towing capabilities of the Ford Explorer? Either way, you can test drive your favorite SUV at Friendly Ford of Hamilton today.

Our Hamilton, Madison, and Morrisville, New York, neighbors can give us a call to get started. See you soon!


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