Crossover & Midsize

Who Should Buy a 2020 Ford Escape Over the 2020 Ford Edge?

Two of Ford’s most popular vehicles are the 2020 Ford Escape and the 2020 Ford Edge. Both SUVs can accommodate five passengers, offering great value and dependability. The 2020 Ford Escape is a compact SUV that has a lower starting price than the midsize 2020 Ford Edge. While both models share similar ratings, there are distinct differences between the two.

Consumers are left with a hard decision choosing between which one better suits their needs. But, for those looking for more space and advanced standard features, the choice is simple.

How the Ford Escape beats out the Edge

The Ford Escape is a long-standing staple of the auto manufacturer’s lineup. For those looking for a smaller alternative to the Ford Edge, the improved Escape is a good option.

The 2020 Ford Escape has a starting MSRP of $24,885, which is a little above the average cost in the compact SUV class. It is, however, considerably lower than the 2020 Ford Edge that starts at $31,100.

When it comes to comfort, the Escape wins hands down. Unusual for a compact SUV, the supportive seating accommodates adult passengers comfortably in both the front and rear rows. The Edge, on the other hand, has seating that prohibits an enjoyable driving experience for occupants.

The Ford Escape offers better fuel economy compared to the Edge and offers more responsive steering and agile handling. It also earned five out of five stars on the NHTSA overall safety rating and was named a Top Safety Pick by IIHS. The Edge did score well in safety but doesn’t have as many features as found in the Escape.

J.D. Power gave the Escape a perfect reliability rating, in comparison to the average rating received by the Edge.

Features of the Ford Edge that can’t be beat

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For those looking for cargo space, the Ford Edge is unbeatable. There are 39.2 cubic feet of storage in the trunk, compared to the Escape, which tops out at 33.5 cubic feet. Where the difference is really seen is when the second-row seats are folded down. The Edge has an impressive 73.4 cubic feet, with the Escape offering only 65.4 cubic feet. For those looking for better cargo-carrying capacity, the Ford Edge is the way to go.

While the interior of the Edge is not as comfortable as the Escape, the quality materials found in the Ford Edge is astounding. The use of hard plastics, evident in the Escape, is absent in the Edge, and the sturdy construction is impressive. 

The advanced standard features found in the Ford Edge outweigh the technology present in the Ford Escape. The 2020 Edge comes with an impressive infotainment system that has two USB ports, a Wi-Fi hotspot, satellite radio, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dual-zone automatic climate control and Ford’s MyKey system are also standard in the Edge. A 12-speaker audio system, wireless charging, panoramic roof, a power outlet, remote start, and garage door opener are optional features available in this popular SUV.

When it comes to performance, the Ford Edge wins with a 250-hp standard turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The standard three-cylinder EcoBoost in the Ford Escape only puts out 180 hp. To get the acceleration power found in the Edge, consumers would need to pay for an upgrade.

Which Ford SUV should you buy?

In a head-to-head challenge, U.S. News chose the 2020 Ford Escape over the Edge. They declared the Escape the winner because of “improved safety scores, stellar reliability rating, comfortable seats, precise handling, and good gas mileage.” The reviewer said, “Overall, this economical compact SUV is the more logical choice.”

It’s important to point out that U.S. News felt that it is worth it for consumers to upgrade to the 2020 Ford Edge if they prioritize “extra cargo space, more standard advanced tech features, or a more upmarket cabin when compared to the Escape.”