2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee vs. Ford Edge

2019 jeep grand cherokee 

Purchasing a vehicle is hard work! There are so many makes, models, specs, and details that it can make your head spin. Today we are going to compare and contrast the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee and the 2019 Ford Edge in case you may have been thinking of getting one or the other. The article is going to attempt to make a non-biased rundown of the features and specifications of each vehicle.

Safety

First, you should look at data sets from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to compare the safety rating from each vehicle so you can be sure that you and your family will have the safest possible experience you can have on the road.

Both vehicles have been rated at five stars from the aforementioned safety organization but that does not mean that they are exactly the same when it comes to how safe they are it just means that they have both met the requirements necessary to obtain a five-star rating.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee comes equipped with a system known as Reactive Head Restraints. This system is put in place to prevent a whiplash injury from occurring during a rear end collision by moving the headrest forward at the time of impact to prevent neck and spine injury. The Ford Edge does not implement this system.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration runs two impact tests to measure the safeness of a vehicle in a crash. The first test has the car run into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and the second test crashes the vehicle into a post at 20 MPH.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee outperformed the Ford Edge in both tests by a fairly significant margin. The Cherokee had a head injury rating of 59 compared to the 79 of the Edge in the front seat during the flat barrier test and a hip force score of 215 pounds compared to the 281 pounds of the Edge. The lower number indicates a lower likelihood of serious head injury in the HIC and less overall force to the hips and body from the hip force test in the front seat.

In the rear seat, the spine acceleration was 34 Gs for the Cherokee and 45 Gs for the Edge and a hip force of 612 pounds for the Cherokee and 647 pounds for the Edge. Again the lower the number indicating less overall force that was applied to the occupant of the vehicle.

In the head-on pole collision test, the Cherokee had a HIC of 182 and spine acceleration of 28 Gs while the Edge had HIC of 297 and spine acceleration of 53 Gs.

Other safety specifications such as the number of airbags, airbag placement, plastic gas tanks, rearview backup cameras etc. were comparable.

Engine

Next, we will move on to engine specifications and fuel economy and range. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has an 850-amp battery compared to the Edge's 540-amp battery giving it more juice and a longer lifespan. Jeep keeps the battery under your driver's seat which is obviously much cooler than where the Edge keeps it (the engine compartment). This can extend the Jeep's battery life by years just by smart placement alone.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee's base model comes with a six-cylinder engine with an automatic transmission and a 3.6-liter displacement that produces 295 HP and 260 pounds per foot of torque.

If you want an upgrade for the Cherokee there are three other choices - a 6.2-liter eight-cylinder, a 5.7-liter eight-cylinder, and a 6.4-liter eight-cylinder on the Cherokee SRT. The eight-cylinder 6.4-liter engine has an impressive 475 horsepower and 470 pounds per foot of torque.

The Ford Edge only has two different engines from which to choose - a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 HP and a 2.7-liter six-cylinder with 335 HP called the Edge ST. The base Cherokee gets you 45 more horsepower than the base Edge and if you compare the two vehicles premium versions the Cherokee SRT gets almost 150 more horsepower and almost 100 more pounds per foot of torque than the Edge ST.

Fuel Economy

The base Cherokee gets 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway compared to the base Edge that gets 22 mpg city and 29 mpg on the highway. What's really impressive here is that the Cherokee has so much more power and two more cylinders and still manages to get slightly better miles per gallon of fuel. This clearly highlights the beauty and ingenuity of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's engine design.

The Cherokee SRT comes equipped with a proprietary GM technology called Active Fuel Management that reduces fuel consumption by shutting does half of the engine while the vehicle is under a light load. What this means is that even though you have the powerful eight-cylinder engine of the SRT you are still going to get competitive fuel economy compared to the six-cylinder Edge ST. Keep in mind that the base Cherokee is rated using regular unleaded gasoline (starting at the 5.7-liter engine Jeep recommends using medium grade) while the Edge only gets maximum efficiency using premium unleaded gasoline that can cost up to 40 cents more per gallon.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee has a 24.6-gallon gas tank compared to the Edge's 18.5 gallons, which means fewer trips to the gas station and a longer overall range before you need to fill up.

Maintenance Towing and Random Features

The Cherokee has a whopping 6,200 pounds of standard towing capacity compared to the Edge which has a 1,500-pound capacity. The Edge has a maximum trailer towing capacity of 3500 pounds compared to the Cherokee's 7400-pound maximum trailer towing capacity.

When you inevitably need to service your engine, the Cherokee is going to be easier to service than the Edge. The Cherokee's engine is mounted in a North/South direction while the Edge has a sideways-mounted engine meaning that it is always going to be easier to access what you need to in the Cherokee compared to the Edge.

Speaking of servicing your engine, the Cherokee has an oil pressure gauge right in the cab while the Edge has no such feature. Oftentimes when the service engine light comes on to check your oil it is too late and the engine has already suffered irreparable damage. This won't happen with the Cherokee if you happen to miss regularly scheduled maintenance if you just keep your eye on its oil pressure gauge from the cab.

The Cherokee even features a locking fuel door so nobody will be able to siphon your gas, and when the Cherokee is put into reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt to give you a better vantage point and then return to their original position. The Cherokee also offers the option of installing headlight washers so you can maintain perfect visibility no matter the weather you are experiencing. The Edge lacks all of these features. The Cherokee comes with heating elements in all external mirrors so frost is melted before it builds up while the Edge only comes with this in the more expensive versions such as the Edge ST.

Clearly, the 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee offers so much more than the Ford Edge, making it the obvious choice in this comparison.


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