When you are shopping for a new or pre-owned SUV, size matters. You want an SUV that has a spacious interior for passengers and plenty of cargo space for gear. Ford offers several CUV's and SUV's from which to choose. But, which model is bigger when comparing Ford's Edge to Ford's Escape? We compared the specifications for the base models, 2020 Edge SE, and 2020 Escape S, to find the answer.
The Ford Edge is bigger than the Ford Escape but only slightly. Exterior dimensions render the Edge 8 inches longer and 2 inches taller than the Escape. The width of the two SUV’s (excluding side mirrors) is nearly identical, with the Edge measuring roughly 1 inch wider than the Escape.
Inside, both vehicles have a two-row seating capacity for five passengers. Edge’s interior passenger volume has 9.9 cubic-feet more space for comfort than the Escape. The Edge comes out ahead of the Escape with eight cubic-feet of additional cargo space (excluding beneath the floor storage).
What does this size difference mean for your choice between Ford’s two, highly rated SUVs? Keep reading to size-up the Edge and Escape side-by-side to learn which mid-size SUV has the most room for you.
Which Has More Passenger Space Ford Edge or Escape?
You want ultimate comfort while you drive, and passengers ride in your SUV. Both of Ford’s Edge and Escape models accommodate five passengers. Comparing Ford’s Edge and Escape models, you will find the most passenger space inside the Edge.
The front row headroom is similar in the Edge at 40.2 inches, compared to the Escape at 40 inches. Yet, taller passengers riding in the second-row will appreciate the Edge’s 40.3 inches of headroom versus the Escape’s 39.3 inches of headroom.
The available legroom in both the Edge and Escape models is nearly identical. Second-row, sliding seats on both models can be positioned either forward or aft up to 6-inches for flexibility.
Ford’s Edge has 42.6 inches of front-row legroom and 40.6 inches of second-row legroom. Ford’s Escape has 42.4 inches of front-row legroom and 40.7 inches of second-row legroom.
Ford’s Edge pulls ahead with more hip room, compared to Ford’s Escape, particularly in the second-row seating. All of your passengers will sit comfortably with 57.5 inches of hip room in the Edge versus 53.3 inches of hip room in the Escape.
No need to feel crowded in Ford’s Edge. Front row passengers have 60.3 inches of shoulder room, and second-row passengers have 60.5 inches of shoulder room in the Edge. Compared to 57.6 inches of front row shoulder room and 56 inches of second-row shoulder room in the Escape, the Edge is roomy.
Ford’s Full-Hybrid or Plug-In Hybrid trim on the Escape does not offer any more passenger space than the Escape SE. In fact, in comparison to Ford’s Edge, the Escape FHEV/PHEV models are slightly more cramped, offering less space to second-row passengers with 38.9 inches of legroom.
Which Has More Cargo Space Ford Edge or Escape?
Ford calculates cargo space for the open spaces of their SUV’s by volume, per the Society of Automotive Engineering’s (SAE) international measurement standards. Cargo volume is measured in cubic feet. Ford’s cargo volumes exclude additional space found in storage compartments beneath the floor.
Behind 1st Row
The Ford Edge outdoes the Ford Escape overall with a maximum 73.4 cubic-feet, compared to 65.4 cubic-feet, of cargo volume behind the first row of seating. Both models offer second-row, 60/40 split-folding seats, so when you need to load up the Edge or Escape, you have plenty of room for your cargo with the second-row seats folded down.
Behind 2nd Row
Cargo space found behind the second-row of seating in the Edge and Escape is similar. The Edge offers a maximum of 39.2 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the second-row. The Escape offers a maximum of 37.7 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the second-row.
Cargo space is limited in Ford Escape’s Full-Hybrid, and Plug-In Hybrid trims due to the location of the lithium-ion battery beneath the rear seats. You will find a maximum of 34.4 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the second-row.
We can directly compare Ford’s measurements for the Edge and the Escape but, cargo specifications can vary significantly among automotive manufacturers. So, if you are comparing SUVs from other manufacturers (Honda, GM, Toyota, Kia), the best way to understand cargo space is to visit the dealership and try out the interior spaces for yourself.
Is Ford Edge a Full-Size SUV?
Within Ford’s line-up of CUV’s and SUV’s, the Edge model is considered to be a mid-size sport-utility vehicle. Mid-size SUVs are appealing because they are more compact, meaning better handling and better gas mileage than full-size SUVs. However, you can still tow with most mid-size SUV’s being equipped with powerful V6 engines.
Which is Bigger, the Ford Edge or Explorer?
The 2020 Ford Explorer XLT, another of Ford’s mid-size SUV models, is bigger than the Edge SE. Measuring 10 inches longer, 1.6 inches taller, and 4.8 inches wider, compared to the Edge, the Explorer is capable of larger passenger and cargo volumes.
Equipped with a third-row of seating, the Explorer can comfortably accommodate seven passengers. The maximum cargo volume behind the front row of seats is 14.4 cubic-feet larger than the Edge, measuring at 87.8 cubic-feet when both the second and third rows of seats are folded down.
What SUV is Comparable to Ford Edge?
If you are interested in the Ford Edge but want to know what other mid-size SUV’s might compare in terms of size, here are some similar makes/models that you might want to add to your list:
2020 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s mid-size SUV Santa Fe accommodates five passengers with two rows of seating and has a spacious cargo volume of 71.3 cubic feet behind the first row of seats.
2020 Subaru Outback
Subaru’s rugged Outback accommodates five passengers with two rows of seating and has a spacious cargo volume of 75.7 cubic feet.
2020 Chevrolet Equinox
Ranked highly by J.D. Power as a quality, mid-size SUV Chevrolet’s Equinox accommodates five passengers with two rows of seating and provides a maximum cargo volume of 63.9 cubic feet.
What SUV is Comparable to Ford Escape?
If you are interested in the Ford Escape but want to know what other compact SUV’s might compare in terms of size, here are some similar makes/models that you might want to add to your list:
2020 Honda CR-V
The compact Honda CR-V accommodates five passengers comfortably and provides 75.8 cubic-feet of cargo volume with the second-row seats folded down.
2020 Subaru Forester
Subaru’s versatile Forester accommodates five passengers in two rows of seating with an impressive, maximum 76.1 cubic-feet of cargo volume.
2020 GMC Terrain
GMC’s compact SUV Terrain accommodates five passengers in two rows with the capability of 63.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the first row of seats.
Take the entire family and load up all of your gear with the capable, mid-size SUV. You get a vehicle that is optimal for both the weekly commute and tackling weekend ventures.