Jones Auto Centers Compares 2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class VS 2014 Ford Edge Near Buckeye, AZ

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2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class

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2014 Mercedes Benz M-Class

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2014 Ford Edge

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front and rear seat shoulder belts of the Mercedes M-Class have pretensioners to tighten the seatbelts and eliminate dangerous slack in the event of a collision and force limiters to limit the pressure the belts will exert on the passengers. The Ford Edge doesn’t offer pretensioners for the rear seat belts.

The M-Class’ front seatbelts will tighten automatically in the event the vehicle detects an impending crash, improving protection against injury significantly. The Edge doesn’t offer pre-crash pretensioners.

The M-Class offers optional PRE-SAFE Brake, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Edge offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature which would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

The Mercedes M-Class 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.

An active infrared night vision system optional on the M-Class helps the driver to more easily detect people, animals or other objects in front of the vehicle at night. Using an infrared camera and near-infrared lights to detect heat, the system then displays the image on a monitor in the dashboard. The Edge doesn’t offer a night vision system.

The M-Class’ optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Edge doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

The M-Class offers an optional Surround View Camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Edge only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

The M-Class’ driver alert monitor detects an inattentive driver then sounds a warning and suggests a break. According to the NHTSA, drivers who fall asleep cause about 100,000 crashes and 1500 deaths a year. The Edge doesn’t offer a driver alert monitor.

Compared to metal, the M-Class’ 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 M-Class and the Edge have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 Mercedes M-Class is safer than the Ford Edge:

M-Class

Edge

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

168

322

Neck Injury Risk

25%

36%

Neck Stress

336 lbs.

439 lbs.

Neck Compression

28 lbs.

73 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

380/346 lbs.

1023/628 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

3 Stars

HIC

268

326

Chest Compression

.5 inches

.8 inches

Neck Injury Risk

35%

64%

Neck Stress

154 lbs.

334 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

325/371 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 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 Mercedes M-Class is safer than the Ford Edge:

M-Class

Edge

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.7 inches

1 inches

Hip Force

256 lbs.

415 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

44

244

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

40 G’s

Hip Force

427 lbs.

567 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

19 inches

HIC

206

375

Spine Acceleration

29 G’s

53 G’s

Hip Force

593 lbs.

867 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and its standard front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the M-Class its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2014, a rating granted to only 28 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Edge has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

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The M-Class comes with a full 4 year/50,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire truck. The Edge’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 1 year and 14,000 miles sooner.

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 Mercedes M-Class V6 Gas’ reliability will be 37% better than the Edge with the best reliability rating.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Mercedes vehicles are better in initial quality than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 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 Mercedes vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Mercedes fifth in reliability, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

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The M-Class has more powerful engines than the Edge:

Horsepower

Torque

ML350 3.5 DOHC V6

302 HP

273 lbs.-ft.

ML550 4.7 turbo V8

402 HP

443 lbs.-ft.

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.

The M-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 185 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 270) than the Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The M-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 202 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 253) than the Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6. The M-Class’ 3.0 turbo V6 diesel produces 175 lbs.-ft. more torque (455 vs. 280) than the Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6.

As tested in Consumer Reports the ML350 is faster than the Ford Edge:

M-Class

Edge turbo 4 cyl.

Edge V6

Zero to 30 MPH

2.5 sec

3.2 sec

3.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.8 sec

8.9 sec

8.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

4.9 sec

5.2 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.2 sec

16.9 sec

16.6 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93 MPH

83.6 MPH

87.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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In heavy traffic or at stoplights the ML350 BlueTEC’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Edge doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The M-Class has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 18.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The M-Class has 5.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank (24.6 vs. 19.2 gallons).

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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For better stopping power the M-Class’ brake rotors are larger than those on the Edge:

ML350

ML550

Edge

Edge AWD

Front Rotors

13 inches

14.8 inches

11.65 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.8 inches

13 inches

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

The M-Class stops much shorter than the Edge:

M-Class

Edge

70 to 0 MPH

189 feet

191 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

121 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

156 feet

159 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the M-Class has larger standard tires than the Edge (255/50R19 vs. 235/65R17).

The M-Class’ standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 50 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Edge SE’s standard 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the M-Class has standard 19-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Edge SE.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The M-Class offers active sway bars, which help keep it flat and controlled during cornering, but disconnect at lower speeds to smooth the ride and offer greater off-road suspension articulation. This helps keep the tires glued to the road on-road and off. The Edge doesn’t offer an active sway bar system.

The M-Class has a standard continuously variable suspension system. Using sensors on steering angle, speed and other driver inputs, the shocks soften to improve ride, or stiffen when appropriate to aid handling on tricky roads or off-road. The Edge’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The M-Class has a standard automatic load leveling suspension to keep ride height level with a heavy load or when towing. The Edge doesn’t offer a load leveling suspension.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the M-Class’ wheelbase is 3.6 inches longer than on the Edge (114.8 inches vs. 111.2 inches).

The M-Class’ front to rear weight distribution is more even (52.8% to 47.2%) than the Edge’s (60% to 40%). This gives the M-Class more stable handling and braking.

The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC handles at .81 G’s, while the Edge SEL AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The ML350 BlueTEC 4MATIC executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Edge SEL (27 seconds @ .65 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .62 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the M-Class Airmatic has a 3.3 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Edge (11.2 vs. 7.9 inches), allowing the M-Class to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

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To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the M-Class Diesel has an electronically controlled liquid-filled front engine mount and conventional liquid-filled engine mounts (standard liquid front mount on M-Class gas engine). 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.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The M-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Edge with its rear seat up (38.2 vs. 32.2 cubic feet). The M-Class has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Edge with its rear seat folded (80.3 vs. 68.9 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the M-Class easier. The M-Class’ cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 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 M-Class. The Edge doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The M-Class’ front and rear power windows all 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 M-Class the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote; on a hot day the driver can lower the windows. The driver of the Edge can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The M-Class 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 M-Class’ rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Edge’s standard intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The M-Class offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Edge doesn’t offer headlight washers.

The M-Class 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.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors available for the M-Class detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Edge doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the M-Class offers optional adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Edge doesn’t offer cornering lights.

To better shield the driver and front passenger’s vision, the M-Class offers optional dual-element sun visors that can block glare from two directions simultaneously. The Edge doesn’t offer secondary sun visors.

The M-Class’ 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 M-Class with available tilt-down mirrors is put in reverse, the passenger rearview mirror tilts from its original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirror into its original position. The Edge’s mirror doesn’t automatically adjust for backing.

The M-Class offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Edge offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The M-Class has standard heated front seats. Heated front seats cost extra on the Edge, and aren’t available on the Edge SE. The M-Class also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Edge.

The M-Class’ optional air conditioned front seats cool the driver and front passenger and help take the sting out of hot leather in Summer. The Edge doesn’t offer air conditioned front seats.

The M-Class has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the M-Class, 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.

The M-Class offers an optional 115 volt a/c outlet in the cargo area, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters which can break or get misplaced. The Edge doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The M-Class’ optional Active Parking Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Edge doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the M-Class is less expensive to operate than the Edge because typical repairs cost much less on the M-Class than the Edge, including $448 less for a water pump, $60 less for front brake pads and $6 less for a fuel pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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Consumer Reports® recommends the Mercedes M-Class, based on reliability, safety and performance. The Ford Edge isn't recommended.

Strategic Vision rates overall owner satisfaction with vehicle quality. With a Total Quality Index of 906, Strategic Vision rated the Mercedes M-Class 47 points higher than the Ford Edge for 2012.

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