Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 BMW X3 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 BMW X3

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Ford Edge are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X3 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The X3 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The X3 doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The X3 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Edge and the X3 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all-wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

Ford’s powertrain warranty covers the Edge 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X3. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X3 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 11 times as many Ford dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The X3 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 8th in reliability, above the industry average. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 20th.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the X3:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

270 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

X3 xDrive28i 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

240 HP

260 lbs.-ft.

X3 xDrive35i 3.0 turbo 6 cyl.

300 HP

300 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X3 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 1.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the X3 (19 vs. 17.7 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The X3 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge stops shorter than the X3:

Edge

X3

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

142 feet

145 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the X3 (265/40R22 vs. 245/55R17).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the X3’s optional 45 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The X3’s largest wheels are only 19-inches.

The Edge has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the X3, it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.8 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the X3.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .82 G’s, while the X3 xDrive28i pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the X3 xDrive28i (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.8 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The X3 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom and 2.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X3.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Edge’s rear seats recline. The X3’s rear seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the X3 with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 19 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the X3 with its rear seat folded (68.9 vs. 56.6 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the X3’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

X3

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

32.2”/69”

37”/68”

Max Width

56”

48”

Height

33”

31”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The X3 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The X3 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The X3 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The X3 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost BMW Assist can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the X3 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Edge has standard extendable sun visors. The X3 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The X3 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The X3 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $30 to $760 less than the X3 over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Ford Edge will be $6435 to $9707 less than for the BMW X3.

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