Ford Edge vs Ford Escape: Which Is Right For You?

Ford Edge vs Ford Escape

In the sport-utility market, most of the focus is on size and capability. The Ford Edge is a midsize offering with a roomy interior and lots of storage and cargo space. The Escape is a compact option with high fuel economy and good day-to-day metrics.

Choosing which is right for you will rest on what you need out of your vehicle. I tested both vehicles to see the differences and similarities between them for myself.

Whichever you choose, both of these Ford offerings have high safety ratings, receive good customer feedback, and have smart interiors.

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Ford Edge vs. Escape Comparison

Starting MSRPHorsepowerMax TowingSeatingCity / Hwy MPG
250 - 335
1,500 - 3,500 lbs
21 / 28
181 - 250
1,500 - 3,500 lbs
44 / 37
Escape PHEV
1,500 lbs
40 / 40 (105 MPGe)

Trim Comparison

Ford-Escape-Trim-Point-ComparisonBoth the Edge and the Escape are Ford vehicles, so the trim model names are similar, but the content is somewhat different. The main difference is that the Edge began its current generation in 2015, whereas the Escape was redesigned in 2020. This changes some of the options and technologies available between the two.

The base models both come with advanced safety features such as forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure mitigation. The Escape base model (S) is pretty bare-bones, while the Edge base model (SE) has more amenities. The more comparable Escape SE, however, is about equal in terms of what’s included.

Probably the greatest difference to me is in powertrain options. The Ford Edge has two engines, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder and a special 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 found in the ST model. A third option pairs the 2.0-liter engine with a plug-in hybrid setup that produces both more horsepower and far better fuel economy. The Escape has three engine options, starting with the turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder base engine that appears in most models. A 2.5-liter hybrid powertrain is available in a few models of the Escape, and a powerful 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder is found in the SEL and Titanium models.

Both the Escape and Edge have front-wheel drive as standard, and most models can have all-wheel drive as an optional upgrade.

The Tale of the Tape

Ford-Edge-The-Tale-of-the-TapeSize is obviously the largest difference between the two vehicles. When I tested both vehicles, it was noticeable from the start.

The 2022 Ford Edge measures 189 inches in length and 76 inches in width and is 68 inches high.

The Ford Escape measures 181 inches long by 74 inches wide and 66 inches tall.

Those numbers give the Escape 104 cubic feet of passenger and cargo space versus the 153.1 cubic feet found in the larger Edge.

Performance & Economy

Ford-Edge-Performance-and-EconomyThe best fuel economy in the Ford Edge comes in its hybrid option, which returns 24 mpg combined.

The base engine is similar for the Edge, but the V6 in the ST model drops that to 20 mpg combined. Those are average numbers for the segment.

The smaller Escape offers up to 31 mpg combined with its base engine, 28 mpg combined with its middle engine, and 105 MPGe combined with the plug-in option, which has 37 miles of all-electric driving.

Exterior & Interior Design

Ford-Escape-Exterior-and-Interior-DesignThe major design differences between the Ford Edge and Ford Escape inside have to do with sizes. Since the Escape is so much larger, it has more storage and comfort-oriented things inherent to its interior than does the more compact Edge. The Edge, however, has more advanced technology thanks to its newer design overall. For most, however, outside of the amount of space available, the differences will be relatively minor.

In cargo space, the Edge is obviously better because of its size, but it’s also easier to access and more usable for larger items than is the Edge. The Escape has a slightly higher load floor, a wider opening, and generally better access when loading multiple or bulky items by comparison.

Price & Value

Ford-Edge-Price-and-ValueThe value in these vehicles is roughly the same in terms of return on investment.

The Edge has potentially less resale given its older design, but the two are otherwise comparably priced within their vehicle segments.

We think, however, that the payback for the Escape PHEV is better overall for most customers given the fuel savings over time.

Current Ford Edge Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2024FordEdge$431/month for 48 months, $4,427 due at signing7/8/24

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Current Ford Escape Deals & Incentives

YearMakeModelCash Incentives (up to)Best Avail. APRLease OffersExpiration
2023FordEscape$339/month for 48 months, $3,289 due at signing7/8/24

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Which Is Better, the Ford Edge or Ford Escape?

Since they are both made by Ford, I found a lot of similarities in the vehicles. The choice between the two comes down to what you need from a vehicle.

The smaller Escape is more fun to drive and more economical, but the Escape is far more spacious and comfortable for more people.

Our top choice, size aside, is the Escape Plug-in Hybrid, which adds high fuel economy to a sporty drive quality even though it does not have an all-wheel-drive option.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which is better for off-roading, Ford Edge or Ford Escape?

Neither the Escape nor Edge are made for off-road going, but both are capable of light-duty dirt road and unpaved driving. We prefer the Escape for its smaller footprint in this regard, but the Edge will have less rattle on washboards thanks to its longer wheelbase.

Which is better in bad weather, Ford Edge or Ford Escape?

Both the Ford Escape and the Ford Edge have good all-weather handling characteristics. Even the front-wheel-drive-only Escape PHEV is good in inclement weather.

How far can the Ford Escape Plug-in go all-electric?

The Ford Escape PHEV is capable of up to 37 miles of all-electric driving. Most drivers will see well over 30 miles per charge with this vehicle.