2020 Ford Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer - Ford SUV Differences

There's no doubt that today's roads are dominated by the versatile, family-friendly SUV. Smart shoppers near Louisville, KY will want to compare the top three Ford SUV models to find their best fit. While the 2020 Ford Edge, Escape, and Explorer models all offer the quality and affordability you've come to expect from Ford, their performance, capacity, and technology offer a range of choices.

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Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Performance

Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Performance

The performance options available across these three Ford models provides a wide enough range to suit every driving need. Drivers who don't need extra power for highway overtaking can do well with the base Escape engine, but those looking for a more peppy acceleration may turn to the Ford Edge. The Ford Explorer provides the most horsepower, making it the best for hauling and towing lots of weight. The absolute highest fuel efficiency is found in the Escape hybrid model.

Ford Edge Ford Escape Ford Explorer
Midsize SUVCompact SUVMidsize SUV
Base four cylinder engineHybrid optionBase four cylinder engine
Optional twin-turbo V6 engineBase three cylinder engineOptional twin-turbo V6 engine
250-355 horsepower180-250 horsepower400 horsepower
Standard front wheel driveOptional four cylinder engineStandard rear wheel drive
19-21 mpg city / 26-29 mpg highway27 mpg city / 33 mpg highway18-21 mpg city / 24-28 mpg highway
Tows up to 3,500 lbsTows up to 3,500 lbsTows up to 5,600 lbs
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Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Exterior

The newest model year Escape and Explorer have undergone complete redesigns, including their exterior aesthetic. The Escape redesign paid particular attention to efficiency with new materials.

Ford Edge Ford Escape Ford Explorer
Six new color optionsComplete redesign for 2020Complete redesign for 2020
Optional grille upgradeRounded featuresBoxier features
Eight wheel optionsIncrease lengthUpdated grille
Available black roof railsLighter materials for improved fuel economyNew color options
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Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Seating/Storage/Cargo

Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Seating/Storage/Cargo

The most important distinction between these three models is the seating capacity. The compact Escape and midsize Edge both seat five passengers. The Explorer is three rows and seats six to seven, depending whether you choose the second row as a bench seat or a captain's chairs configuration.

The next major difference is cargo space. The compact Escape, of course, has the lower maximum at 65.4 cubic feet. The midsize Explorer has the most at 87.8 cubic feet. However, comparing the two midsize options, the Edge and Explorer have a unique difference—without folding its two rear rows down, the Explorer has 18.2 cubic feet of trunk space. The two-row Edge, with all rows up, has 39.2 cubic feet.

Ford Edge Ford Escape Ford Explorer
Five seatsFive seatsSix or seven seats
Two rowsTwo rowsThree rows
Reclining rear seats Standard cloth seats, option for synthetic or genuine leather Standard cloth seats, optional tri-diamond leather
Standard cloth seats, option for synthetic or genuine leather Optional power-adjusting, heated, ventilated seatsStandard power adjusting front seats
Standard 10-way power adjusting driver's seatCargo space of 33.5 to 65.4 cubic feetOptional massaging seats
Optional heated/ventilated seatsCargo space 18.2 cubic feet to 87.8 cubic feet
Cargo space of 39.2 cubic feet to 73.4 cubic feetOptional under-floor storage
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Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Technology

Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Technology

The midsize 2020 Ford Edge beats out the compact 2020 Ford Escape for standard technology features. The Explorer follows the Edge's leads with the addition of features throughout the cabin that assist rear-seat passengers, like more USB ports and rear seat entertainment.

Ford Edge Ford Escape Ford Explorer
Standard SYNC 3 systemStandard SYNC systemTwo USB ports in front, two in second row
8” touchscreenStandard 4.3” touchscreenOptional 10.1” portrait touchscreen
Apple CarPlayOne USB portOptional household outlet
Android AutoAvailable SYNC 3 systemOptional 12” driver display
Amazon AlexaAvailable 8” touchscreenOptional rear seat entertainment
Two USB portsAvailable Apple CarPlay
Standard Wi-FiAvailable Android Auto
Standard satellite radioAvailable satellite radio
Available rear seat entertainmentAvailable 10-speaker premium audio
Available 12-speaker premium audio
Available voice commands
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Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Safety

Edge Vs Escape Vs Explorer Safety

All Fords are exceptionally safe vehicles for drivers in Louisville, KY. Each of these 2020 Ford SUVs comes with the CoPilot360 suite of advanced safety features. However, the Explorer adds in a few more features to help compensate for its larger size, such as side wind stabilization and hill descent assistance.

Ford Edge Ford Escape Ford Explorer
Adaptive cruise controlThe Edge's features plusThe Escape's features plus
Auto high-beam headlightsActive park assist 2.0360-degree camera with washer
Blind spot monitoringAdaptive headlights
Cross-traffic alertReverse brake assist
Evasive steering assistForward & reverse sensing
Park assistanceHill descent control
Lane keep assistanceIntelligent adaptive cruise control
Post collision brakingSide wind stabilization
Automatic wipers
Reverse sensing
Automatic emergency braking
Rear view camera
Trailer sway control
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Which Is Right For You?

Each of these 2020 Ford models is ideal for different priorities. If saving at the pump is important to you, the Ford Escape hybrid model may be the right choice. Overall savings are best with the low starting price of the compact Ford Escape.

Need to seat more than five? A six- or seven-passenger Ford Explorer will fit the bill. Towing more than 3,500 lbs? The hefty midsize Explorer allows the highest towing capacity. The Explorer provides the highest end luxury finishings, as well.

If you're okay with less tech to save more upfront, a base model Escape can work for you. Techies who want all the latest bells and whistles will need an upgraded Escape trim or a base Edge or Explorer model.

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Why Buy From Heritage Ford?

Heritage Ford is the leading dealership near Louisville, KY for quality vehicles at affordable prices. The Ford legacy of well-built vehicles is combined with our unique ability to combine discounts, specials, and rebates for the lowest possible price. Our experienced sales, finance, and service teams work together to give you a true Ford experience worth bragging about.

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