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2015 Ford Edge vs. 2016 Ford Explorer Review

Comparison Review

Introduction
These two Ford midsize crossovers share a lot of similarities when it comes to features and available technology, but have very different style and in the case of the Explorer, an extra row of seating for added flexibility. Both have also gotten recent updates, a full redesign for the Edge in 2015 and a refresh for the Explorer in 2016.

Performance/Fuel Economy
Each crossover comes with three engine options, but only one of them is shared - a 3.5-liter V-6. There are two EcoBoost (turbocharged) engines available on both models, the Edge's options are smaller and make less horsepower (245 and 315 vs. 270 and 365 in the Explorer). However, the smaller Edge has a big leg up when it comes to fuel economy, with an estimated 30 mpg on the highway for base models which outpaces the Explorer and its 24 mpg maximum by 25-percent.

Interior/Features
Technology offerings are very similar, both offer Ford's MyFord Touch system which thankfully adds back physical controls in the center stack on the Explorer and the Edge. The Explorer does offer one handy feature missing from the Edge: fast-charging USB ports that can be found in the front and rear for quicker charging of mobile devices. Each comes standard with Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning.

Comfort/Utility
The two contenders separate themselves here, with the Edge only offering two rows and seating for five, while the Explorer can fit six or seven passengers depending on configuration. So if you will be needing to transport more than five people on a regular basis, the Explorer offers much more appeal as a people carrier. The Explorer is also the more versatile cargo carrier; though the Edge offers more space behind its last row (39.2 cubic feet vs. 21 cu. ft. in the Explorer), if you fold down the Explorer's third row to give them equal seating it offers 43.9 cu. ft. 

Safety
Both crossovers offer the same safety technology, including 180-degree field of view cameras front and rear which help with parking and driving in tight spaces. Standard safety features shared by both models include passenger knee airbags, antilock brakes, and traction control.

Conclusion
It really comes down to the usefulness you'll get out of the third row. If having that amount of seating flexibility is important, then the Explorer is the clear choice. But the Edge offers similar features for less money (about $2,000 less on base price, with more savings as you move up trim levels) and has better fuel economy. Two rows enough? Take the Edge.

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2015 Ford
Edge

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MSRP*: $28,100 - $40,095

2016 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,700 - $52,600
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $750 Up to $750
Low APR Loan: As low as 0.00% As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: -- --
City MPG: 17 - 20 16 - 17
Highway MPG: 24 - 30 22 - 24
Engine(s): Inline-4, V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
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Invoice*: $26,484 - $37,389 $28,935 - $49,050

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