Jones Auto Centers Compares 2013 Chevrolet EQUINOX VS 2013 Ford Edge Near Buckeye, AZ

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2013 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2013 Chevrolet EQUINOX

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2013 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front shoulder belts of the Chevrolet Equinox are height-adjustable, and the rear seat shoulder belts have child comfort guides to move the belt to properly fit children. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages children to buckle up. The Ford Edge has only front height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Equinox and Edge have child safety locks to prevent children from opening the rear doors. The Equinox has power child safety locks, allowing the driver to activate and deactivate them from the driver's seat and to know when they're engaged. The Edge’s child locks have to be individually engaged at each rear door with a manual switch. The driver can’t know the status of the locks without opening the doors and checking them.

The Chevrolet Equinox 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 Equinox (except LS)’s optional 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 Equinox’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 Equinox 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Ford Edge:

Equinox

Edge

OVERALL STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

210

322

Neck Injury Risk

34%

36%

Neck Stress

294 lbs.

439 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

593/626 lbs.

1023/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

4 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

133

326

Chest Compression

.4 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

60%

64%

Neck Stress

195 lbs.

334 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

520/267 lbs.

680/687 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Edge:

Equinox

Edge

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Head Injury Index

269

454

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Head Injury Index

344

852

Chest forces

41 g’s

48 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

612 / 259

817 / 660

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Chevrolet Equinox is safer than the Ford Edge:

Equinox

Edge

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

501 lbs.

567 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

19 inches

HIC

341

375

Hip Force

684 lbs.

867 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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Chevrolet’s powertrain warranty covers the Equinox 40,000 miles longer than Ford covers the Edge. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Edge ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Equinox’s corrosion warranty is 1 year longer than the Edge’s (6 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

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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 Chevrolet Equinox 4 cyl.’s reliability will be 76% better than the Ford Edge V6 and the Chevrolet Equinox V6 is 93% better than the Ford Edge ECOBoost.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Equinox third among compact cuvs in their 2013 Initial Quality Study. The Edge isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 34 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 27th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Chevrolet vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Chevrolet 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Equinox V6’s standard fuel tank has 1.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (20.9 vs. 19 gallons).

 

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the Equinox’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

Equinox

Edge

Front Rotors

12.6 inches

11.65 inches

The Equinox stops much shorter than the Edge:

Equinox

Edge

60 to 0 MPH

134 feet

147 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

143 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Equinox’s wheelbase is 1.3 inches longer than on the Edge (112.5 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The Equinox’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (56% to 44%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the Equinox more stable handling and braking.

Chassis Comparison

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The Chevrolet Equinox may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 350 pounds less than the Ford Edge.

The Equinox 4 cyl. 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

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The Equinox has .9 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front legroom and .3 inches more rear legroom than the Edge.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Equinox easier. The Equinox’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.8 inches, while the Edge’s liftover is 30.8 inches.

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

Equinox

Edge

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

40.5”/70”

32.2”/69”

Height

34.5”

33”

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Equinox’s front and rear power windows all lower with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Edge’s passenger windows don’t open automatically.

On a hot day the Equinox’s driver can lower all the windows 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 Equinox has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Edge only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

When the Equinox LTZ 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.

Optional IntelliLink for the Equinox LT/LTZ allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including playing internet radio stations and other online activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Edge doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Equinox, 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

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Insurance will cost less for the Equinox owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Equinox with a number “8” insurance rate while the Edge is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

The Equinox will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Equinox will retain 46.48% to 49.26% of its original price after five years, while the Edge only retains 44.13% to 45.79%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Chevrolet Equinox will be $1865 to $4978 less than for the Ford Edge.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Chevrolet Equinox, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Edge isn't recommended.

The Chevrolet Equinox outsold the Ford Edge by 68% during the 2012 model year.

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