Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2015 Honda Crosstour VS 2014 Ford Edge Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2015 Honda Crosstour

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2014 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

Using vehicle speed sensors and seat sensors, smart airbags in the Crosstour deploy with different levels of force or don’t deploy at all to help better protect passengers of all sizes in different collisions. The Crosstour’s side airbags will shut off if a child is leaning against the door. The Edge’s side airbags don’t have smart features and will always deploy full force.

The Crosstour has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Edge doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Honda Crosstour has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Edge doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Crosstour EX-L’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane. The Edge doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Compared to metal, the Crosstour’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Ford Edge has a metal gas tank.

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

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Crosstour’s reliability will be 62% better than the Ford Edge V6 and 82% better than the Ford Edge ECOBoost.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 8th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 6th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 17th.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Consumer Reports the Honda Crosstour V6 is faster than the Ford Edge V6:

Crosstour

Edge

Zero to 30 MPH

2.9 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

7 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.7 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.4 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.6 MPH

87.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Crosstour

Edge

FWD

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

20 city/30 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

n/a

19 city/26 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

 

n/a

17 city/23 hwy

3.7 V6/Auto

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Crosstour V6’s fuel efficiency. The Edge doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Crosstour uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Edge with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Crosstour stops shorter than the Edge:

Crosstour

Edge

60 to 0 MPH

143 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

149 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Crosstour may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 500 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Crosstour has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Edge uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Crosstour uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Edge doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Crosstour has 1.5 inches more front legroom and .5 inches more front hip room than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over trunk design makes loading and unloading the Crosstour easier. The Crosstour’s trunk lift-over height is 28.6 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Crosstour. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Crosstour’s front power windows 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 passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

If the windows are left down on the Crosstour the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Edge can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Crosstour 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.

The Crosstour has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Edge only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Crosstour’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Ford only offers heated mirrors on the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport.

When the Crosstour EX-L 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.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Crosstour, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Edge.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Crosstour will be $2148 to $2490 less than for the Ford Edge.

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