Chevy Equinox vs. Ford Edge

April 21st, 2022 by

When it comes to crossover SUVs, value for money is paramount. Many vehicles in a segment may have the same features, so it becomes a comparison of minor differences and economy. When comparing the Ford Edge and the Chevrolet Equinox, their 2022 feature lists can appear nearly identical. Let’s go over the key differences and find out which model, the 2022 Equinox or 2022 Edge, comes out on top.

Exteriors

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The 2022 Chevrolet Equinox carries a low-curving, assertive front grille flanked by slim headlights, while fog lights and blinkers are located on the front tire well. As for notable exterior features on the 2022 Edge, Ford positions the headlights high near the hood, leaving gaps in the sheet metal. Overall, we find the Edge’s exterior updates merely an experiment, while the Equinox’s updates are likely to stay.

While the Ford Edge has some distinctive exterior elements and colors, it lacks some of the useful standard and optional features found on the Equinox. The optional solar-absorbing glass on the 2022 Equinox is a significant plus, helping block the sun and maintain a comfortable interior.

Outside mirrors on the Equinox come standard with heating components to remove condensation or frost. This feature is available on the 2022 Edge, but only on the SEL, ST-Line, ST, and Titanium. Finally, all Equinox models come standard with smart side mirror tilting to assist with parallel parking and other complex motions that involve backing up, automatically returning to the normal position when finished.

Since it weighs 700 to 1,000 pounds less than the Ford Edge, the Chevrolet Equinox goes a lot further with a lower-horsepower engine. This allows it to remain both fast and agile while expending less fuel. Finally, because the Equinox is 5.7 inches shorter than the Edge, it’s easier to maneuver and park in tight spots.

Interior

The interiors of the 2022 Chevy Equinox and Ford Edge are nearly identical, though passenger space is slightly more generous on the Equinox. All models of the Chevy SUV also get a 4G hotspot and Amazon Alexa capabilities built-in, unlike on the more expensive Ford Edge. Another interior advantage is one-touch front and rear power windows on the Equinox, standard. The windows will go up or down on their own from one touch or command.

While Ford’s SYNC 3 system has won awards and has an easy-to-use screen, it’s only available as an option on higher trim levels. Meanwhile, all Equinox grades come standard with a touch panel and important connectivity features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Efficiency and Engine

Both of these sporty SUVs come with powerful engines, though not in the same way. The Chevy Equinox comes with one optimized engine for 2022, giving out the same performance on all trim levels. Drivers of the Ford Edge, on the other hand, must choose between a four-cylinder and V-6. Both models offer front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive systems for added traction. The Edge’s choices offer pretty high horsepower numbers, but either will come at a much higher price that would turn off many shoppers.

There are other ways Equinox drivers can save more than Edge drivers. The Equinox’s base trim achieves an EPA estimated 26 city mpg, while the Edge’s base trim engine achieves 22 city mpg. Highway fuel economy is similar, with 31 mpg for the Equinox and only 28 for the Edge. All told, the base Equinox with its powerful four-cylinder may not only be more pleasant to drive but also save you a few trips to the pump.

Flat Towing

Flat towing is towing a vehicle behind another with all of its wheels on the ground, such as pulling the Equinox behind a full-size truck, RV, or motor home. Flat towing is handy compared to other options. For drivers who take their SUVs out on the camping trail, flat towing is an important detail. All trims of the 2022 Equinox can handle flat towing, whereas the Ford model is not so accommodating. The 2022 Edge can only be flat towed from the ST and upward, and only with special equipment.

Safety

Although both vehicles are quite similar in their safety, there are several distinctions that might tip the scales for parents. The Chevrolet Equinox’s rear seat shoulder belts have kid comfort guides that adjust the belt to suit youngsters properly. A better fit can help reduce injuries, and the added comfort encourages kids to wear their seatbelts.

Surround Vision is an optional feature on the Equinox LT, RS, or Premier. This advanced driver assistance feature helps you see objects all around the vehicle from the infotainment screen. The Edge offers similar parking items on sufficiently expensive trim levels, but only implements a rear monitor and front and back parking sensors without side sensors.

Both the Equinox and the Edge come standard with driver and passenger front airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control. Each SUV uses its own manufacturer’s optimized lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, blind-spot warning systems, and rear-cross path warning systems.

One small but appreciable difference between the 2022 Equinox and the 2022 Edge is tire pressure monitoring. Both SUVs come with this safety technology standard, but the Equinox has a chime to inform drivers when they can stop filling up their tires, to help get the perfect fill in one try. The Edge has lights to inform the driver when tire pressure is getting low.

Price

The Edge is priced significantly higher than the Equinox, over $10,000 more when comparing starting MSRPs. Factoring in the other advantages, most consumers will be better off with the Equinox, and the difference in price only tips the scales further.

The differences between the Equinox and Edge may seem subtle, but once you compare the price, it turns out the Equinox is the smarter option. Sweeney Chevrolet has made it simple to shop for the right car or SUV. Browse our current Equinox inventory and the rest of our site to start enjoying your new vehicle as soon as possible.

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