Greene Ford Compares 2016 Ford Edge VS 2016 Subaru Forester Near Atlanta, GA

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2016 Ford Edge

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2016 Subaru Forester

Safety Comparison

The rear seatbelts optional on the Edge inflate when a collision is detected, helping to spread crash forces over a much larger area of the body and limiting head and neck movement. This can help prevent spinal and internal injuries. The Forester doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge Titanium/Sport offers an optional 180-degree camera to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Forester only offers a rear monitor.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Forester doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Forester doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Compared to metal, the Edge’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Subaru Forester has a metal gas tank.

Both the Edge and the Forester have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, collision warning systems and lane departure warning systems.

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

Edge

Forester

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

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 Ford Edge is safer than the Subaru Forester:

Edge

Forester

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

71

106

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.6 inches

Abdominal Force

118 G’s

150 G’s

Hip Force

281 lbs.

314 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

114

235

Spine Acceleration

45 G’s

52 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

585 lbs.

666 lbs.

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

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 7 times as many Ford dealers as there are Subaru dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably start during all conditions and help handle large electrical loads, the Edge has a standard 590-amp battery. The Forester’s 390-amp battery isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Subaru vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 12th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Subaru is ranked 30th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Forester:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

245 HP

275 lbs.-ft.

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

280 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6

315 HP

350 lbs.-ft.

Forester 2.5i 2.5 SOHC 4 cyl.

170 HP

174 lbs.-ft.

Forester 2.0XT 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

250 HP

258 lbs.-ft.

As tested in Motor Trend the Edge Sport 2.7 turbo V6 is faster than the Forester 2.0XT 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. (automatics tested):

Edge

Forester

Zero to 60 MPH

5.7 sec

6.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.3 sec

14.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

95.9 MPH

95.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Edge SE 2.0 ECOBoost FWD offers an optional system to automatically turn off the engine 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 Forester doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline (premium recommended with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine for maximum performance). The Forester 2.0XT requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 2.4 gallons more fuel capacity than the Forester (18.3 vs. 15.9 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the Forester (19.2 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 Forester doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Edge’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Forester 2.5i are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the Forester (245/60R18 vs. 225/60R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Forester (265/40R21 vs. 225/60R17).

The Edge Sport’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 40 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge SE/SEL has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Forester 2.5i. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 18-inch wheels on the Forester 2.5i Touring/2.0XT.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Edge’s drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Forester doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Forester (112.2 inches vs. 103.9 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 3.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Forester.

The Edge Sport AWD handles at .87 G’s, while the Forester 2.5i Touring pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Sport AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.4 seconds quicker than the Forester 2.5i Touring (26.2 seconds @ .72 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

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

The Edge Sport uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Forester doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 5.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Forester (113.9 vs. 108.3).

The Edge has 2 inches more front hip room, 3.3 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, 2.6 inches more rear legroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 4 inches more rear shoulder room than the Forester.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Forester with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 34.4 cubic feet).

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

Edge

Forester

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

34.4”/61.7”

Min Width

45.1”

42.2”

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Edge’s available cargo door can be opened just by kicking your foot under the back bumper, leaving your hands completely free. The Forester doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

When three different drivers share the Edge Titanium/Sport, the memory system makes it convenient for all three. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Forester doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s standard easy entry system raises the steering wheel and 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 Forester doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the Forester have locks to prevent small children from operating them. When the lock on the Edge is engaged the driver can still operate all of the windows, for instance to close one opened by a child. The Forester prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

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 Forester’s standard driver’s power window switch has to be held the entire time to close it fully.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Forester can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Edge SE/SEL’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 Forester’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

The Edge 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 Forester has an automatic headlight on/off feature standard only on the Limited/Touring.

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

Both the Edge and the Forester offer available heated front seats. The Edge Titanium/Sport also offers optional heated rear seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated rear seats aren’t available in the Forester.

Optional air conditioned seats in the Edge Titanium/Sport keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in Summer. The Forester doesn’t offer air conditioned seats.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s optional heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Forester doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

The Edge has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Forester 2.5i Base doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

Both the Edge and the Forester offer rear vents. For greater rear passenger comfort, the Edge has standard rear air conditioning vents to keep rear occupants cool in summer or warm in winter. The Forester doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Edge Titanium/Sport’s optional Active Park Assist can parallel park or back into a parking spot by itself, with the driver only controlling speed with the brake pedal. The Forester doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Edge owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Edge will cost $420 less than the Forester over a five-year period.

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