Kemna Automotive Group Compares 2015 Ford Edge VS 2015 Jeep Grand In IA

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2015 Ford Edge

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2015 Ford Edge

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2015 Jeep Grand

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer inflatable seatbelts.

The Edge’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

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 Grand Cherokee only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Edge and the Grand Cherokee have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, driver knee airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Edge’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Grand Cherokee runs out after 100,000 miles.

There are over 38 percent more Ford dealers than there are Jeep dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Edge’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Edge have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Grand Cherokee.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Ford Edge 2.0 ECOBoost’s reliability will be 75% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Diesel and the Ford Edge V6 is 52% better than the Jeep Grand Cherokee V6.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Edge first among midsize SUVs in their 2014 Initial Quality Study. The Grand Cherokee isn’t in the top three.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2014 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Ford vehicles are better in initial quality than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 16th in initial quality. With 30 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 31st.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Ford vehicles are more reliable than Jeep vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Ford 24th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Jeep is ranked 28th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Edge

Grand Cherokee

2WD

ECOBoost 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/30 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

18 city/26 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

V6/Auto

ECOBoost V6/Auto

18 city/27 hwy

14 city/22 hwy

V8/Auto

4WD

ECOBoost 4 cyl./Auto

20 city/28 hwy

n/a

V6/Auto

17 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

V6/Auto

ECOBoost V6/Auto

17 city/24 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

V8/Auto

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop 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 standard on the Grand Cherokee V6 are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Grand Cherokee Laredo’s standard 70 series tires. The Edge Sport’s optional tires have a lower 40 series profile than the Grand Cherokee’s optional 50 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 Grand Cherokee Laredo. The Edge Sport’s optional 21-inch wheels are larger than the 20-inch wheels optional on the Grand Cherokee.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Edge has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Edge flat and controlled during cornering. The Grand Cherokee’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Ford Edge may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 to 1300 pounds less than the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The front grille of the Edge ECOBoost uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Edge has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Grand Cherokee (113.9 vs. 105.4).

The Edge has .3 inches more front headroom, 2.3 inches more front legroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 2 inches more rear legroom, 1.3 inches more rear hip room and 2.5 inches more rear shoulder room than the Grand Cherokee.

The front step up height for the Edge is 3 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee (17.5” vs. 20.5”). The Edge’s rear step up height is 2.8 inches lower than the Grand Cherokee’s (18” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat up than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat up (39.2 vs. 36.3 cubic feet). The Edge has a much larger cargo area with its rear seat folded than the Grand Cherokee with its rear seat folded (73.4 vs. 68.3 cubic feet).

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Edge easier. The Edge’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 29 inches, while the Grand Cherokee’s liftover is 32.4 inches.

The Edge’s cargo area is larger than the Grand Cherokee’s in almost every dimension:

Edge

Grand Cherokee

Length to seat (2nd/1st)

41.5”/73.5”

38.5”/71”

Max Width

45.1”

47”

Min Width

45.1”

41”

Height

34.4”

33.5”

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

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 Grand Cherokee 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

On a hot day the Edge’s driver can lower the front windows using the keyless remote. The driver of the Grand Cherokee 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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an exterior keypad entry system, and its extra cost Uconnect Access can’t unlock the doors if the vehicle doesn’t have cell phone reception or the driver can’t contact the service.

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 Grand Cherokee’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

The Edge’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 Grand Cherokee doesn’t offer an automated parking system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

The Edge will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. Kiplinger’s estimates that the Edge will retain 37% of its original price after five years, while the Grand Cherokee only retains 31% to 34%.

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