Greene Ford Compares 2013 Ford Edge VS 2013 Toyota Rav4 Near Buford, GA

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2013 Ford Edge

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2013 Toyota Rav4

Safety Comparison

The Edge Limited offers an optional collision warning system, which detects an impending crash through forward mounted sensors and flashes a bright light and sounds a loud, distinctive tone to warn the driver to brake or maneuver immediately to avoid a collision. The system also pre-charges the brakes to begin deceleration more quickly. The Rav4 doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Edge and the Rav4 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.

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge as a “Top Pick” for 2013, a rating only granted to 142 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Rav4 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

The Edge has a standard “limp home system” to keep drivers from being stranded if most or all of the engine’s coolant is lost. The engine will run on only half of its cylinders at a time, reduce its power and light a warning lamp on the dashboard so the driver can get to a service station for repairs. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 64 more horsepower (240 vs. 176) and 98 lbs.-ft. more torque (270 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s standard 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 109 more horsepower (285 vs. 176) and 81 lbs.-ft. more torque (253 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 3.7 DOHC V6 produces 129 more horsepower (305 vs. 176) and 108 lbs.-ft. more torque (280 vs. 172) than the Rav4’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (18 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Rav4 (19 vs. 15.9 gallons).

The Edge has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Edge’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Rav4:


Edge AWD

Rav4 LE

Rav4 XLE/Limited

Front Rotors

11.65 inches

12.6 inches

10.8 inches

11.7 inches

Rear Rotors

11.9 inches

11.9 inches

11.2 inches

11.2 inches

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Rav4 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Rav4 (235/65R17 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Rav4 (265/40R22 vs. 235/55R18).

The Edge Sport’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Rav4 Limited’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Rav4’s largest wheels are only 18-inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Rav4’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

The Edge has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Rav4 doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 6.5 inches longer than on the Rav4 (111.2 inches vs. 104.7 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3.8 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Rav4.

For greater off-road capability the Edge has a 1.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Rav4 (7.9 vs. 6.3 inches), allowing the Edge to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The front grille of the Edge offers available electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Rav4 doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 6.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Rav4 (108.4 vs. 101.9).

The Edge has .2 inches more front headroom, .5 inches more front hip room, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 2.4 inches more rear legroom, 7.2 inches more rear hip room and 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room than the Rav4.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The Rav4 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Edge offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The driver can also remotely turn on the heater or air conditioner. The Rav4 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Edge Limited/Sport’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Edge’s driver’s power window opens or closes with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Rav4’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the available exterior keypad. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

The Edge’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Rav4 LE’s standard fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent. The Edge SEL/Limited/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Rav4 XLE/Limited’s manually variable intermittent wipers don’t change delay with speed.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Edge has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Rav4 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Edge Limited offers an optional Adaptive Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Rav4 doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

To help keep rear passengers entertained, the Edge SEL/Limited/Sport offers optional rear seat controls for the radio. The Rav4 doesn’t offer rear seat audio controls.

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