The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2019 Ford Edge are two of the best and most popular crossover SUVs in the current market. Something both models have in common is they don’t try to squeeze in a third-row seat, which means you get a good amount of room for up to five people and their cargo. Let's take a look at them in a head-to-head comparison and see why the Saint Maries Chevrolet dealer will tell you the 2019 Equinox is the better choice.
Both the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox and the 2019 Ford Edge are available in four different trim levels, but the Equinox offers three engine options to the Ford's two. The Chevrolet Equinox lineup you'll find at Saint Maries Chevrolet starts with the entry level L and continues with the LS, LT and Premier trim levels. The 2019 Ford Edge lineup includes the SE, SEL, Titanium and the new ST trim.
Right from the start, the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox gets buyers' attention with a much more affordable starting price than the Edge. The starting MSRP for the Chevy is an impressive $23,800, while the lowest MSRP for the 2019 Ford Edge is $29,995.
Ford has dropped its no-turbo V6 engine this year so the standard engine in all trims other than the ST is a 2.0-liter turbo-four. The optional engine is a twin-turbo V6, which is a big step up from the standard unit and is only available for the top ST trim. The 2019 Chevrolet Equinox also has a turbo-four as its standard engine, but it also has the option to upgrade to a more powerful 2.0-liter turbo-four. Then there's something the Ford has no answer to, which is a 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel for impressive fuel economy.
No one should underestimate the importance of in-vehicle infotainment and connectivity these days, and this is another area where the Chevy has the advantage over the Ford Edge. Even the base version of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox comes with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, but you'll have to upgrade to the Edge SEL to get the same functionality.
The turbo-four in the 2019 Ford Edge is pretty good on gas, with EPA ratings for front-drive variants coming in at 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That's as good as it gets though, and the most popular version of the Equinox, the 1.5-liter turbo-four with all-wheel drive is rated at 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. As if that's not enough, front-drive versions with the turbodiesel are rated at 28 mpg city and an outstanding 39 mpg on the highway.
The Ford Edge is an attractive crossover, but its looks are a little derivative and this year's refresh is hard to detect. The Chevy has a more contemporary and individual style with a hint of Malibu upfront, which isn’t a bad thing at all.
The Last Word
The 2019 Ford Edge is a little larger than the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox, but the hefty extra cost of the Ford is hard to justify when the Equinox is considerably more affordable, has a wider choice of powerplant, and is better equipped at the entry level.