When the Ford Motor Company introduced the Edge in 2007, it was designed as a mid-size crossover sports utility vehicle. It made its debut at the 2006 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For Ford, it was the first of its kind marketed by the company on North American soil. The Edge got its name as a crossover between the Ford Escape and the Ford Explorer. Since then, there have been two generations of this lineup. The underpinnings of the Ford Edge are the same used for its Fusion sedan. Although Ford classifies this automobile as a CUV, the automotive industry has it categorized as an SUV. There are many models from different companies that share similar features as the Ford Edge as the market for crossover SUVs has been in demand by the consumer market. Even as today’s trends have changed some of those demands, the need for a versatile vehicle that can behave like a sedan with SUV-like qualities remains a model of choice for drivers. Today, a new 2022 Ford Edge starts at $37,140 USD. The fuel economy is rated at twenty-one miles per gallon in the city and twenty-eight miles per gallon on the highway.
At first available in three different trim models, the Edge later introduced the Sports trim level at the Chicago Auto Show in 2008. The first generation of the Ford Edge was recognized as one of the Best Cars for Families by AAA and Parents Magazine in 2007. It also earned IIHS’s Top Safety Pick rating that same year, as well as 2007 Urban Truck of the Year by On Wheels, Inc. The 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V6 engine was recognized as one of the ten best engines by Ward. With J.D. Power and Associates, it won the 2007 APEAL Award.
In 2015, the second generation of the Edge was redesigned with a Taurus and Explorer-like grille, new headlights and taillights, and increased interior room. It also featured a rear-view camera and an EcoBoost engine with a new twin-scroll turbo scroll as a torque booster. The towing capacity was increased to 3,500 pounds and was made available as an all-wheel drive. As of 2021, the Edge has an EcoBoost horsepower output of 335, which is an upgrade from the 315 horsepower it had from 2015 until 2018. This is a change from the Duratech’s 280-horsepower performance.
1. Acura MDX
Designed as a mid-size luxury crossover SUV, Acura’s MDX shares much of the same characteristics as Ford’s Edge. It does, however, have a seven-passenger capacity with three-row seating. It shares Edge’s ability to tow 3,500 pounds and it also shares Edge’s all-wheel drivetrain. It also comes as a front-wheel drive. The base price of an Acura MDX starts at $49,050 USD. The horsepower capacity of this CUV can reach up to 355 when going with the Turbo V6 option.
2. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Classified as a compact luxury crossover SUV, this vehicle seats five people inside, just like the Edge. It’s measured at 184.5 inches long, which is slightly shorter than Edge’s 185.7-inch measurement. It’s 74.9 inches wide, which makes it a bit fatter than Edge’s 68.9-inch width. This was Alfa Romeo’s first crack at the SUV market when it was produced in 2016. The 280-horsepower output has been registered as the best in its class as a premier all-wheel-drive machine. Based price of $45,550 USD, this is one of the most impressive CUVs in the lineup.
3. Aston Martin DBX
Starting on July 9, 2020, the Aston Martin DBX joined the lineup as a mid-size crossover SUV. This luxury brand by the British manufacturing crew features a V8 engine that is capable of producing 542 horsepower. In 4.5 seconds, it can zip from zero to sixty miles per hour. Currently, the DBX is the most powerful crossover SUV on the market in its class but shares the same all-wheel-drive characteristics as the Edge, at least as a hybrid. As a standard, it does come as a four-wheel drive, which differentiates it from the Edge. Granted, there is quite a difference between the V8-powered DBX compared to the V6-powered Edge but they’re both in the mid-size crossover SUV class. The base price of an Aston Martin DBX starts at $188,986 USD.
4. BMW X1
The 2022 BMX X1 is considered one of the best Ford Edge alternatives to consider, which starts at $36,000 USD. This lineup comes as a four-wheel drive and a front-wheel drive. The 2.0-liter turbo engine has a horsepower output of 228. It may not be as much as the newer Edge models, but it shares Edge’s ability to hold up to five passengers and is able to reach sixty miles per hour in 6.6 seconds. The fuel economy on the highway for the X1 is rated at 25.5 miles per gallon.
5. Chevrolet Equinox
This crossover SUV originally came as a front-wheel-drive model but has since included the support of all-wheel-drive models. The 1.5-liter engine has an output of 170 horsepower while the 2.0-liter engine produces up to 252 horsepower. Compared to the Edge, it may not be as much of a powerhouse but it still shares the same category as a mid-size crossover SUV. Starting at $25,800 USD, Equinox has a fuel economy rating of twenty-six miles per gallon in the city and thirty-one miles per gallon on the highway. The 63.9 cubic feet cargo room capacity is smaller than Edge’s 68.9 to 73.4 measurements but is still comparable as a good alternative, especially when budgeting comes to mind.
Classified as a mid-size crossover SUV, the Dodge Journey began this lineup in 2009 with the D-segment platform that’s also been used for the Dodge Avenger. As of 2020, the Journey is powered by a 2.4-liter gasoline engine that has an output of 173 horsepower. 2020 also marked the final year of the Journey as Dodge has opted to move forward to a performance brand. However, the 2020 Dodge Journey has much in common with the Ford Edge. It has a five-passenger seating capacity and does have all-wheel-drive models in addition to front-wheel and four-wheel-drive models. The AWDs were discontinued as of 2020 but all model years between 2009 to 2019 had them. Some of the Journey CUV/SUV models were also able to hold as many as seven passengers inside.
7. GMC Acadia
Starting at $36,500 USD, the second-generation Acadia from GMC was designed specifically to compete against the Ford Edge as a mid-size crossover SUV. It made its debut in 2016 and has since run neck-and-neck against its competitors in the CUV category. The length of the Acadia is 193.6 inches, which makes it longer than the Edge but it still passes the grade as a mid-size crossover SUV. It’s 75.4 inches wide, making this model slightly slimmer than Edge’s 75.9 inches.
8. Ford Escape
The compact crossover Ford Escape was the lineup the Ford Edge used as a source of inspiration. The Escape came first with its production line starting in 2000. It is now in its fourth generation as a compact crossover SUV. While the Edge is considered a mid-size crossover SUV, the length measurements it has is 185.7 inches while the Escape is 180.5 inches. The width is 85.6 inches with the mirrors for the Escape while Edge’s is 75.9 inches. There is a slightly over two-inch height difference between the two, with Edge slightly taller at 68.6 inches. Escape’s 2.0-liter engine has a horsepower performance of 250. The starting price of a Ford Escape is $25,555 USD.
9. Honda CR-V
Like the Edge, Honda’s CR-V has an all-wheel-drive feature. it also comes as a front-wheel drive. This popular crossover SUV shares the same class as the Edge as a mid-sized crossover SUV that can hold up to five passengers The base price of a 2022 CR-V is $26,800 USD. The city miles per gallon rating is twenty-eight and it’s thirty-four on the highway.
10. Hyundai Sante Fe
The Sante Fe is the stylish alternative to Edge that starts at $27,700 USD. It can also hold up to five people inside and has a highway fuel mileage of twenty-eight miles per gallon. In the city, it’s twenty-five miles per gallon. The engine has a 191-horsepower output that can also increase to a 281-horsepower output, pending the trim selection and other upgrades.
11. Hyundai Tucson
The fourth-generation Hyundai Tucson has the option of a 1.5-liter, 1.6-liter, 2.0-liter, and 2.5-liter Smartstream engine that has a maximum horsepower output range between 136 to 187. This five-passenger compact SUV is measured as large as 183.9 inches in length and 73.4 inches in width. Starting at $25,800 USD, the fuel mileage of Tucson varies between the front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive models. The all-wheel drive is twenty-four miles per gallon in the city and twenty-six miles per gallon on the highway. This is slightly lower by two miles than the front-wheel-drive model.
12. Jaguar E-Pace
The E-Pace is Jaguar’s answer to a compact crossover SUV. Much like the Edge and those compared to it, this lineup features a series of turbo engine options for buyers. It is an all-wheel-drive and has a 246 to 296 horsepower rating. Five people can fit inside this SUV and the price point begins at $48,000 USD.
13. Jaguar F-Pace
The F-Pace is a more muscular version of Jaguar’s E-Pace a compact SUV unit. The 2.0-liter turbo engine puts out 246 horsepower but can be upgraded to boost that performance to 395 horsepower. Starting at $52,400 USD, this luxurious alternative to the Ford Edge shares the identical capacity to hold five passengers inside.
14. Jeep Grand Cherokee
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has the most amount of awards as a mid-size crossover SUV and comes with a number of various trims to choose from. There are V6 and V8 engine options to decide on that can deliver up to 360 horsepower. The Cherokee is designed for performance and starts at $36,000 USD. The fuel mileage isn’t as impressive at twenty-two miles per gallon but there is a reason why this is an award-winning vehicle that continues to impress critics and the consumers over and over again.
15. Kia Sorento
Kia’s mid-size crossover SUV is the Sorento. Like the Edge, there are many trim levels to choose from and has the option between a turbocharged engine or a hybrid powertrain. The horsepower ranges between 191 to 281, which depends entirely on what the buyer wants. The base price of the Sorento starts at $30,000 USD and also has the ability to hold five passengers within. Some trim models can also hold as many as seven.
16. Lincoln MKX/Nautilus
Formerly known as the MKX, the Lincoln Nautilus is technically the cousin to the Ford Edge, designed and marketed as the luxurious version of this mid-size CUV. Both of these SUVs are sourced from Ford of Canada’s Oakville, Ontario assembly line. They both share the same underpinnings and the first generation of these models also shares the same general design as the Mazda CX-9. Lincoln is the luxury line of Ford, so the base price for the Nautilus is higher at $44,090 USD.
17. Mazda CX-9
The first generation of the Ford Edge and the Mazda CX-9 shared the same basic schematics as a crossover SUV. Even today much hasn’t changed. As an all-wheel-drive crossover SUV, this 227-horsepower shares the same basic platform as the Edge. Starting at the base price of $35,630 USD, the CX-9 performance experience is closely matched to the Edge as both these models share similar dynamics in design and engineering.
18. Nissan Murano
The Nissan Murano is a front-wheel drive that shares Ford Edge’s classification as a mid-size crossover SUV. This 3.5-liter V6 engine has a 260-horsepower output. As an all-wheel-drive, it has a twenty-seven-mile-per-gallon highway economy test rating. The maximum towing capacity of the Murano, however, is 1,500 pounds, which is 2,000 pounds less than Edge’s ability. The base price of a Murano starts at $34,085. Like the Edge, it has a five-passenger capacity. It can hold up to 74.4 inches of cargo, which is slightly larger than Edge’s 73.4 inches.
19. Toyota 4Runner
Starting at the base price of $38,320 USD, the Toyota 4Runner shares Edge’s class as a mid-size crossover SUV. It has the ability to pull up to 5,000 pounds when fitted as a 4×4. The base models are two-wheel drive and have a horsepower of 270. At 190.7 inches long and 75.8 inches wide without mirrors, this is a longer and skinnier alternative to the Edge. It has a seating capacity of five people and offers up to 89.7 inches of cargo space. It can also pull more weight at 5,000 pounds.
20. Toyota Harrier/Venza
Originally, the Toyota Harrier was introduced as a five-passenger compact SUV for the Japanese market before it became a mid-size crossover. It has since expanded its market to a global level as the Toyota Venza as of May 2020. Like the Edge, it has a four-wheel hybrid drivetrain. It also shares similar sizing with the Edge in length at 186.6 inches and in width at 73.0 inches. Starting at $33,240 USD, the Venza makes a good alternative to the Edge in price point and performance.