If you're in the market for a midsize crossover SUV, you're in luck because you're likely to be knee-deep in so many great options that it can seem impossible to choose. Two of the very best--the 2017 Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee--should be at the top of your list. But which one measures up to your needs and our scrutiny? Take a look at our comparison guide.
2017 Ford Edge vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2017 Ford Edge is sleek, sporty and beautifully proportioned, and it's as contemporary in terms of its design as anything in the market. The Ford was recently redesigned, and the newness shows in its style.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is certainly no ugly stepsister either. In fact, its distinctive style and luxury looks make it seem much more expensive than it is. The refinement of the Jeep puts up a fierce fight with the Ford, and its ability to make you feel like you're looking at a premium luxury brand gives it a slight edge over the Edge.
We're treated to a total passenger volume of 113.9 cu.-ft. inside the 2017 Ford Edge, illustrating just how spacious the interior of the Ford really is. With headroom of 40.2 inches in the front and 40.3 inches in the back, the five people the Edge is designed to carry have plenty of room to stretch out .
The Jeep looks pretty sizeable from the outside, but its interior spaciousness doesn't quite measure up to the Edge. The Grand Cherokee is far from cramped, but headroom is under 40 inches for both front and rear seat passengers, and total passenger volume is considerably less than the Edge at just 105.4 cu.-ft. Add into the equation the fact there's also more cargo space in all areas of the Ford and it's an easy win here for the Edge.
The 2017 Ford Edge is a pretty safe place to be for both driver and passengers with a host of available active safety features to help. The Edge gets a full five-star rating for overall safety from the NHTSA and only a lack of a fully autonomous braking system stops the IIHS adding a plus to the Ford's Top Safety Pick rating.
The NHTSA rates the two and four-wheel drive versions of the Grand Cherokee differently. So, although the all-wheel drive version gets a full five-star rating, two-wheel drive versions only get four stars. For that reason the Ford Edge has to be considered the safer option.
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No doubt, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is a very good midsize SUV and should be at the top of anyone's list of very real contenders. Up against the youthful 2017 Ford Edge, it doesn't compete as well as you might think. The Edge offers a slightly roomier interior, a better safety track record, and impressive fuel economy, making it a fantastic option for anyone in the market for a five-passenger SUV.