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2014 Ford Explorer vs. 2014 Ford Edge: What's the Difference?

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If you're interested in a new midsize SUV, you'll find that Ford offers two excellent choices worthy of your consideration: the Explorer and the Edge. Given that both the Edge and Explorer are midsize crossovers sold by the same automaker, you might be wondering exactly what makes them different. We've taken a closer look at both the 2014 Ford Explorer and the 2014 Ford Edge to help you understand what separates them.

Exterior

Although they might look similar at first glance, the Edge and the Explorer are actually separated by several major visual differences. The most obvious is size: The Explorer is larger than the Edge, standing about a foot longer and a few inches wider and taller. While the SUVs share similar front ends, they're very different from the front doors behind. The biggest visual difference may be the C pillar, which connects the body to the roof behind the passenger door. On the Explorer, it's a large, body-colored panel, giving the SUV a bigger look. The smaller Edge, on the other hand, features an unbroken window line from the A to the D pillar.

Interior

In the front seats, the Edge and Explorer offer about the same interior design, though the Explorer boasts more hip room, owing to its larger size. While the interiors may look similar from the cockpit, it's inside the two SUVs that you'll find their biggest difference: The Edge offers only 2-row seating, while the Explorer features a standard third row. Those extra seats can be a big deal for large families or for those who often carpool to school, music lessons, soccer practice and other activities.

Mechanicals

The 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Ford Edge each offer three engines. The vast majority of models use the same powertrain: a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 285 horsepower in the Edge or 290 in the Explorer. It returns up to 19 miles per gallon in the city or 27 mpg on the highway in the Edge, and 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy in the Explorer.

For drivers interested in getting a little better fuel economy, the Edge and Explorer offer an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, which makes 240 hp in both SUVs. Fuel economy with that powerplant reaches as high as 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy in the Explorer, or 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy in the Edge.

Both the Explorer and the Edge also offer performance Sport versions. The Edge Sport uses a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6, while the Explorer Sport touts a truly muscular 365-hp turbocharged version of the standard 3.5-liter V6.

Features & Technology

Interestingly, standard equipment is largely shared between the Edge and the Explorer. Trim-level naming is different, though the Explorer's four trims -- base, XLT, Limited and Sport -- are roughly equivalent to the Edge's SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. Otherwise, the crossovers offer roughly the same level of features as you progress through the trims, with high-end Limited and Sport models boasting the most equipment.

When it comes to technology, the SUVs are largely similar, despite the Edge's older basic design. Both offer adaptive cruise control, for instance, along with rain-sensing wipers and Ford's SYNC voice control system with the always-improving MyFord Touch infotainment system. Both also feature an available navigation system, a remote starter, a power rear liftgate and other cutting-edge features. In other words, if you're a technophile, you won't find serious differences between the Edge and Explorer.

Driving Experience

Although you might think the Explorer and Edge would be substantially different to drive due to their divergent sizes, that isn't actually the case. Both crossovers are surprisingly planted to the road and enjoyable to pilot, with each offering light steering, reasonable acceleration and a comfortable ride, even in performance-oriented Sport trims.

Of course, there are a few differences. For one, the Edge accelerates a little faster due to its smaller size and lighter weight -- so much so that we recommend considering the 4-cylinder engine, which we wouldn't recommend in the Explorer. The Explorer seems to soak up bumps a little better. The Edge's visibility is more compromised than the Explorer's, largely due to its narrow windows and upright profile.

Safety

As you might expect given their other similarities, the Edge and Explorer are quite close when it comes to safety. Yes, it's true that the Explorer performed slightly better in government crash tests, earning a perfect 5-star overall score to the Edge's 4-star score. The two vehicles offer the same standard equipment -- traction control, anti-lock brakes and curtain side airbags included -- as well as an impressive array of options such as lane-departure warning, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert. If it's safety you want, these two SUVs are packed to the gills with the latest equipment and features.

Conclusions

If you don't need third-row seating, you're probably better off with the Edge. The smaller Ford crossover offers similar drivability, the same array of features, options and safety technology as well as lower pricing and better gas mileage than its larger -- and more popular -- Ford stablemate. We suspect the 2014 Edge will also be available with some great deals, as an all-new 2015 model is on the way as a replacement.

Still, we understand that some drivers need a larger interior and greater cargo space than the Edge can provide, and for those drivers, the Explorer is an excellent choice.

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