2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Ford Explorer | What’s the Difference?
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The family-sized SUV hardly existed before the 1990s, but Ford made quite a splash with the debut of the Explorer model. Today, the Explorer is still one of the best three-row SUVs on the market, but many shoppers might want to consider the Edge model instead. The 2020 Ford Edge has a sleek design and is quite roomy for a mid-size, and the 2020 Explorer will fit the needs of a larger family because of its spacious three-row interior.
Cargo and Utility
The 2020 Ford Edge scores high in this department. Because this model doesn’t have a third row of seats, the cargo bay is cavernous. There’s nearly 40 cubic feet of storage area behind the rear seats, and when these seats are folded, the cargo volume nearly doubles. The child seat anchors and tethers are fully exposed rather than covered by flaps. The 2020 Ford Explorer does have the third row, but even with this back row upright, there’s plenty of room for several suitcases and duffels. Because of its rear-wheel drive, the Explorer is a competent tow vehicle, and with the available tow package, is capable of hauling more than 5,000 pounds. The second-row seating area is the place to install child safety seats, and even the largest rear-facing ones fit in with ease.
The 2020 Ford Edge has a sizable cabin, and the front seats are wide and spacious. The front-seat adjustment is notable, and there’s also a wide range of adjustment for the steering column. The base trim comes with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, reclining rear seatbacks, a six-speaker audio system, a Wi-Fi hotspot, smartphone app integration, the Ford Sync 3 infotainment interface, and a rearview camera. The SEL trim adds some premium touches such as simulated leather upholstery and a power-adjustable front passenger seat. The top trims get leather upholstery, front sport seats, and ambient interior lighting. The 2020 Ford Explorer is even more spacious on the inside, and buyers can swap out the middle row of seats for captain’s chairs, although this does reduce the seating capacity from seven to six. The base Explorer comes with rear privacy glass, dual-zone automatic climate control, and an eight-way power driver’s seat. Also standard are a 40/20/40-split folding second-row bench, an 8-inch screen display, and two USB ports. Satellite radio is included as well. The uplevel trims add on steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, driver lumbar adjustment, additional USB ports, and leather upholstery. Both the Limited and ST trims have heated second-row seats that are power-foldable, and power-adjustable third-row seats.
The 2020 Ford Edge base engine is a turbocharged four-cylinder rated at 250 horsepower. It’s mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the power is sent to the front wheels. This is the standard engine on the lower trims, and the ST trim gets a twin-turbo V6 that produces a total of 335 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard on the ST. The 2020 Ford Explorer comes with the choice of two engines. On the base, XLT, and Limited trims, one gets a turbocharged 2.3L engine rated at 300 horsepower. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. The ST has a turbocharged V6 rated at 400 horsepower. All Explorer trims have a 10-speed automatic transmission.
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Check out these two well-designed models from Ford. Contact Jacky Jones Ford to schedule a test drive to see how the models compare. Be sure to ask about optional features and package add-ons.
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