For serious space and all the tech trimmings, the 2019 Ford Edge and Honda CR-V need to be on your small crossover shortlist. But which is the better option? Our comparison guide has the details.
Take the High Road: 2019 Ford Edge
In this price range, the 2019 Ford Edge is the classiest small crossover on the block. Compare its high-quality cabin materials and glossy finish to that of competitors, and you'll notice a big difference. And space is the Ford Edge's middle name. As you coast down the highway, enjoying a silky smooth ride, you and your rear passengers will never lack for head- and legroom. Cargo space is also at all-time highs: the Edge's 39.2 cubic feet (73.4 cubes max) of cargo space are ready for your sports gear, picnic supplies, and whatever else you want to throw back there.
The Honda CR-V also gets high marks for its supple ride and spacious, inviting seats. The CR-V can even match the Edge in terms of cargo space, with 39.2 cubes behind the rear seats for your shopping hauls and whatnot. But, if you're shopping for style, the Edge is your crossover. This Honda is roomy and practical, but not quite as luxurious as its Ford counterpart.
Premium Safety Net: 2019 Ford Edge
The latest Edge is pulling out all the safety stops. This Ford model the first of its generation to come standard with the Co-Pilot360 bundle of high-tech safety aids. That means automatic emergency braking (with pedestrian detection!) to potentially pull you up short of danger and even save lives. You also get lane-keeping assist and a blind spot information system at no extra cost.
To get the same kind of safety gear on the CR-V, one must skip the base model LX and go straight to the mid-grade EX. This trim level features all the modern safety aids, from automatic high beams to automatic emergency braking. You should note, however, that Honda's safety tech has a bit of a rep for overdoing it. This wolf-crying might get on your nerves, especially in heavy traffic.
Drivers Wanted: 2019 Ford Edge
This year's Edge is all about performance. You can choose between speedy and speedier, with a standard 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder and optional 335-horsepower turbocharged V6 engines at your disposal. And, with its sport-tuned suspension and variable-ratio steering, the new Ford Edge ST is just begging for action.
The Honda CR-V also offers two engines. But instead of speedy and speedier, these engines are best described as affordable and fuel-efficient. The base is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 184 horses. You don't have to pay extra for this engine, which is good news if you're on a budget. But the 4-cylinder feels a little underpowered. Upgrade to the turbocharged 1.5-liter four-cylinder, and you'll enjoy the CR-V's thriftiest EPA ratings. Unfortunately - at least in terms of speed - this upgraded engine still can't compete with either of the Edge's options.
Max Fuel Economy: 2019 Honda CR-V
If saving money on fuel is your number one priority, you've got cause to check out the CR-V. With EPA ratings of up to 28 city/34 highway mpg, this little crossover handles a long commute with your fuel budget in mind.
The 2019 Ford Edge is rare in the small crossover segment because this SUV puts a big emphasis on sporty power and performance. In spite of its muscle, though, the Edge does a good job of balancing performance with thriftiness. Depending on configuration, this crossover earns up to 22 city/29 highway mpg.
With so many street-smart upgrades for the new model year, the 2019 Ford Edge is impossible to ignore. This sweet little crossover is ready for some seriously sporty action, with two turbocharged engines and traction-boosting all-wheel drive on offer. The Edge is the right choice for families, too, thanks to its newly standard safety aids and insanely roomy cabin and cargo hold.