Jones Ford Verde Valley Compares 2011 Ford Edge VS 2011 Toyota Highlander Near Verde Valley, AZ

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2011 Ford Edge

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2011 Toyota Highlander

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 Highlander doesn't offer a collision warning system.

The Edge SEL/Limited/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 Highlander doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver's blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Edge SEL/Limited/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 Highlander doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Edge offers optional SYNC, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get driving directions or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Highlander doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies.

Both the Edge and the Highlander have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, 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.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 3 times as many Ford dealers as there are Toyota dealers, which makes it much easier to get 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 Highlander doesn’t offer a lost coolant limp home mode, so a coolant leak could strand you or seriously damage the truck’s engine.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge third among midsize crossover/suvs in their 2010 Initial Quality Study. The Highlander isn’t in the top three in its category.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2010 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford fifth in initial quality, above the industry average. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Edge has more powerful engines than the Highlander:

Horsepower

Torque

Edge 3.5 DOHC V6

285 HP

253 lbs.-ft.

Edge Sport 3.7 DOHC V6

305 HP

280 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.

187 HP

186 lbs.-ft.

Highlander 3.5 DOHC V6

270 HP

248 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Edge gets better fuel mileage than the Highlander:

Edge

Highlander

2WD

n/a

20 city/25 hwy

4 cyl./Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

3.7 V6/Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

4WD

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/22 hwy

V6/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/25 hwy

n/a

3.7 V6/Auto

17 city/23 hwy

n/a

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Ford Edge uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Highlander Hybrid requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 Highlander are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Edge Sport’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Highlander (265/40R22 vs. 245/65R17).

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 Highlander’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Edge Sport has standard 22-inch wheels. The Highlander’s largest wheels are only 19 inches.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Highlander’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 Highlander doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Edge’s wheelbase is 1.4 inches longer than on the Highlander (111.2 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Edge is 1.4 inches wider in the front and 1.1 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Highlander.

The Edge Sport handles at .83 G’s, while the Highlander SE AWD pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Edge Limited goes through Popular Mechanics’ slalom faster than the Highlander Limited AWD (40.8 vs. 40.5 MPH).

The Edge Sport executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Highlander SE AWD (27.8 seconds @ .6 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Edge is 4.2 inches shorter than the Highlander, making the Edge easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area than the Highlander with its rear seat up (32.2 vs. 10.3 cubic feet).

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

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Edge Limited/Sport, the memory seats and mirrors make it convenient for both. Each keyless remote activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position and outside mirror angle. The Highlander doesn’t offer a memory 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 Highlander doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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

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 Highlander 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 Highlander’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. 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.

Consumer Reports rated the Edge’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Highlander’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

The Edge’s standard power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Highlander’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they are awkward to manipulate.

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 Highlander doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Edge is less expensive to operate than the Highlander because it costs $462 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Edge than the Highlander, including $381 less for a water pump, $282 less for an alternator, $111 less for a starter, $165 less for fuel injection, $75 less for a fuel pump, $174 less for front struts, $1065 less for a timing belt/chain and $85 less for a power steering pump.

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