CHEVY BLAZER VS. FORD EDGE
There are plenty of options if you are on the market for a mid-size SUV, which gives you a lot of freedom as a consumer but can also be overwhelming at times. We are here to break it down for you. Let’s take a look at two American-made SUVs: the 2019 Chevy Blazer compared to the 2019 Ford Edge.
Both model’s starting retail is around $30,000 which includes the price of front-wheel drive. Upgrading to all-wheel drive will set you back an additional $1995 with the Edge and $2900 with the Blazer. In general, the Chevy Blazer ran a higher bill when adding on premium features such as heated front seats, a large sunroof, and plenty of modern safety technology.
The Blazer and the Edge both use 2.0L four cylinder engines with direct fuel injection, though the Blazer’s 193 horsepower is slightly outshined by the Edge’s 250 horsepower. The Edge has an eight speed automatic transmission while the Blazer has nine forward gears, and both provide manual shifting mode and sport settings. In terms of fuel efficiency, the Edge has a city/highway mileage of 21/28 mpg, while the Blazer scores slightly lower at 18/25 mpg.
In general, the Ford Edge has a more comfortable interior than the Blazer. Front seat riders and passengers can enjoy more room in the Edge, and it comes with 39 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the 31 cubic feet in the Blazer. On the downside, the Edge still features an analog speedometer and its instrument cluster is a bit busy and hard to read. The Blazer has a newer digital speedometer and a sleeker internal design, though it is still pricey for what it delivers. The circulation is fairly poor with front air vents mounted low to the floor in an awkward position.
Where the Blazer lacks in interior style, it makes up for in comfort on the road. The Blazer has durable brakes, sensitive steering, and absorbent suspension systems. It tends to ride a bit more athletically than the Edge, able to tactfully navigate curvy roads and respond quickly to the driver. For day-to-day cruising, the Edge is certainly satisfactory. It blocks most outside noise from wind or other cars so you can enjoy a quiet, peaceful ride. The suspension is good at moderate speeds and on straight roads, but becomes a bit less balanced on curves or at higher mileage.
The Final Word
As with most things, both vehicles come with their pros and cons. At the end of the day, the Ford Edge is able to get the job done at a reasonable price. The Blazer, however, is worth the investment in our opinion. The smoother feel while on the road paired with its stylish, newer design makes it our top pick. If you are looking for a comfortable, durable, and responsive SUV, stop by Graff Chevrolet in Okemos and take a look in person at our range of Blazers.