Greene Ford Compares 2017 Ford Edge VS 2017 Mazda CX-5 Near Flowery Branch, GA

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2017 Ford Edge

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2017 Mazda CX-5

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 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.

Compared to metal, the Edge’s plastic fuel tank can withstand harder, more intrusive impacts without leaking; this decreases the possibility of fire. The Mazda CX-5 has a metal gas tank.

Both the Edge and the CX-5 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, collision warning systems, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Ford dealers as there are Mazda dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 25 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 26th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 58 more horsepower (245 vs. 187) and 90 lbs.-ft. more torque (275 vs. 185) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 93 more horsepower (280 vs. 187) and 65 lbs.-ft. more torque (250 vs. 185) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl. The Edge Sport’s standard 2.7 turbo V6 produces 128 more horsepower (315 vs. 187) and 165 lbs.-ft. more torque (350 vs. 185) than the CX-5’s 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Edge FWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 FWD’s standard fuel tank (18.3 vs. 14.8 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups. The Edge AWD’s standard fuel tank has 3.9 gallons more fuel capacity than the CX-5 AWD’s standard fuel tank (19.2 vs. 15.3 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 CX-5 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 on the CX-5 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge has larger standard tires than the CX-5 (245/60R18 vs. 225/65R17). The Edge Sport’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the CX-5 (265/40R21 vs. 225/65R17).

The Edge SE/SEL’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the CX-5’s standard 65 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the CX-5 Grand Touring’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 CX-5. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the CX-5 Grand Touring.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The CX-5’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 CX-5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 6 inches longer than on the CX-5 (112.2 inches vs. 106.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 2 inches wider in the front and 1.9 inches wider in the rear than on the CX-5.

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 CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 10.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the CX-5 (113.9 vs. 103.8).

The Edge has .5 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .7 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.3 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom, 2.2 inches more rear hip room and 5.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the CX-5.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the CX-5 with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 30.9 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the CX-5 with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 59.6 cubic feet).

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the CX-5’s in almost every dimension:

 

Edge

CX-5

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

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Max Width

45.1”

57”

Min Width

45.1”

41.3”

Height

34.4”

32.4”

Pressing a switch automatically lowers the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s rear seats, to make changing between passengers and cargo easier. The CX-5 doesn’t offer automatic folding seats.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Edge. The CX-5 doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

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 CX-5 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

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The power windows standard on both the Edge and the CX-5 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 CX-5 prevents the driver from operating the other windows just as it does the other passengers.

The Edge’s front power windows 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 CX-5’s passenger windows don’t open or close automatically.

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the CX-5 can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

In case you lock your keys in your vehicle, or don’t have them with you, you can let yourself in using the Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport’s exterior keypad. The CX-5 doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system.

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 CX-5’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

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 CX-5 only offers an automatic headlight on/off feature as an extra cost option.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport 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 CX-5 offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

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 CX-5 doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Both the Edge and the CX-5 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer rear air conditioning vents, only heat vents.

The Edge SEL/Titanium/Sport offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The CX-5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

The Edge 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 CX-5 doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Recommendations Comparison

The Ford Edge has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Edge

CX-5

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

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Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

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The Ford Edge outsold the Mazda CX-5 by 18% during the 2016 model year.

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