Make no mistake, not all experts put these two vehicles in the same class. The 2018 Ford Edge is either a small midsize SUV or a large compact SUV while the Honda CR-V is definitely a compact. But it's rare that a buyer is solely swayed by size--most buyers are looking to see if the vehicle they're considering meets their needs. The Edge and the CR-V are good, and popular, guides for what SUVs in this class can do. If you've been tempted to get something on the smaller side, in this comparison guide we'll show you what the Ford Edge can do that even a show-stopper like the Honda CR-V simply can't.
2018 Ford Edge vs Honda CR-V
Technology: Ford Edge
If you're considering a Ford Edge, you need to consider the Edge SEL trim. We're pretty sure that once you're inside, you will never want to leave. Drivers on the go get an 8-inch touchscreen with SYNC3 infotainment system, two USB ports, and nine-speaker audio system. The SYNC3 system is fast and functional, with intuitive menus and commands. You also get AppLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a robust array of smartphone-connecting of tech. You can keep your eye on the road--the Edge will play personal assistant while you drive, letting you connect to playlists, text messages, and calls without distracting your attention from the road.
By comparison, the Honda CR-V has a slow and somewhat confusing infotainment system. In fact, the Honda system actually had one of the slowest response times in its class. You'll find comparable base tech offerings, but fewer available options as you go up the trims as well.
Towing: Ford Edge
Capability is one area where smaller simply isn't better, and why you should be considering the larger Ford Edge instead of the more compact CR-V. The Ford Edge has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds with the max-towing package. To its credit, the Honda CR-V can tow too, but only up to 1,500 pounds when properly configured. That gives you less flexibility, with less than half the towing capacity of the Edge or just enough for an aluminum boat or a lightly loaded trailer.
Power and Fuel Economy: Tie
The base engine on the 2018 Ford Edge is a 245-horsepower twin-turbocharged 2-liter four-cylinder. That's pretty good power and reasonable fuel economy: 20 city miles and 29 highway miles per gallon. You'll also get two more engine options: a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and 315-horsepower engine only available on the Edge Sport trim.
The 2018 Honda CR-V comes with a 184-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and gets 26 miles per gallon in the city and 32 on the highway. That's considerably less horsepower than the Edge, mitigated a bit by the fact that the CR-V has a lower curb weight. The CR-V has one additional engine option but that engine doesn't up the horsepower much. The Ford Edge wins handily on power, while the Honda CR-V wins on fuel economy. Ultimately, you can decide which of those matters most to you and your lifestyle.
Overall, the Ford Edge proves that bigger is better for plenty of reasons. If you're wondering if it's the best fit for you, come in to Brighton Ford and get behind the wheel. You'll see why the Edge is so popular!