Whether you’re a Ford fan looking to have your preferences reaffirmed or you’re on the market for a new midsize SUV, and you’re not sure which to choose, I can help you find what you’re looking for. Shopping SUVs can be tough because there are tons of different options out there for you to choose from, so narrowing them down often feels overwhelming. That’s when I like to pick two and compare them to see which one comes out on top, such as the 2019 Ford Edge vs 2019 Chevy Blazer.
As you might have already guessed from the title of this piece, when you look at these two vehicles and compare them point-by-point, the Edge comes out on top. It’s not much of a surprise, really, since the Ford Edge was designed by the Ford Performance Team to create an SUV that strives to meet the legacy of power and excitement that a lot of Ford vehicles are known for. That’s why you find such a powerful engine in the 2019 Ford Edge compared to other SUVs like the Chevy Blazer.
But you don’t just have to take my word for it. Read on and see each of these points for yourself, then you can decide which model comes out on top.
#1 – More Horsepower and Torque
I admit that a powerful engine might not be quite as huge for a midsize SUV as it is for something like a performance sports car or a heavy-duty pickup truck. However, that being said, a lot of your enjoyment when driving any vehicle is going to be based on the engine in it. More horsepower and torque in a midsize SUV can make for a much more enjoyable driving experience, especially if you like to load up with a lot of gear for a weekend of camping, plan on towing a trailer behind you or do a lot of driving uphill.
The 2019 Ford Edge has two engines available, starting off with a 2.0L EcoBoost engine that provides up to 250 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Since this SUV was designed by the Ford Performance Team, they also offer a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine that can offer up to 335 hp and 380 lb.-ft. of torque for a truly impressive driving experience. It’s worth noting that this more powerful engine is only available in one trim level, but that’s not a big deal to me personally.
While the 2019 Chevy Blazer also has two engines available, they both come up short when compared to what the Ford Edge can do. The standard engine in the Blazer is a 2.5L 4-cylinder model that provides up to 193 hp and 188 lb.-ft. of torque. There is also an available 3.6L V6 engine that offers up to 308 hp and 270 lb.-ft. of torque. If you look at those numbers, you can see that the engines in the Blazer are fine, but they simply can’t match the power of the Ford Edge’s engines – particularly when you look at the torque available from the most powerful options.
#2 – Better Fuel Economy
Powerful engines are great, but the fuel economy is one of the biggest concerns for a lot of people when looking at SUVs. That’s understandable considering their reputation as gas-guzzlers in the past. A lot of work has been done by manufacturers to make modern SUVs more fuel-efficient, but I still look to see which model can do it better.
The fuel economy depends on which engine you choose, of course, but overall the 2019 Ford Edge comes out on top here. The starting 2.0L EcoBoost engine gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, while the more powerful 2.7L EcoBoost engine gets an estimated 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. For a midsize SUV, those are solid numbers – so the Edge gives you a great combination of power and fuel efficiency.
With the 2019 Chevy Blazer, the starting 2.5L engine gets an estimated 22 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The more powerful 3.6L engine in the Blazer gets an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. So, looking at these numbers, you can see the starting engine in the Edge is more efficient on the highway, while the more powerful engines are almost identical – with the Blazer getting 1mpg more in the city. I’ll be honest, these numbers are pretty similar, but the Edge does come out on top in my book.
#3 – More Interior Cargo Space
Even with a midsize SUV, you still want plenty of room for loading up for a weekend getaway or some tailgating. Like many other features of these two vehicles, this is a simple numerical comparison to see which one comes out on top. The 2019 Ford Edge has up to 73.4 cu. ft. of interior cargo space behind the front seat, and up to 39.2 cu. ft. of space behind the rear seats.
By comparison, the 2019 Chevy Blazer has up to 64.2 cu. ft. of space behind the front seats and up to 30.5 cu. ft. of space behind the rear seat. That means the Edge gives you nearly 10 cu. ft. of additional space compared to the Blazer when fully loaded up, and nearly as much when just looking at what you can fit behind the back seats. This is a huge difference that has some real practical aspects to it – you can get a lot more into the Edge than the Blazer. If you know you’re going to load up the inside of your SUV, then the 2019 Ford Edge is the clear choice.
#4 – Better Interior Features
I’ll be honest, this is going to come down a lot to personal preference, and both of these SUVs have some great luxury options. Personally, however, I think the 2019 Ford Edge simply gives you more overall. To keep things simple, consider what you get standard from the highest trim levels of these two vehicles: that’s the 2019 Ford Edge ST and the 2019 Chevy Blazer Premier.
The Edge ST comes with 10-way power-adjustable front seats for both the driver and passenger, with driver memory settings. It features ambient lighting and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system with HD radio. You get a wireless charging pad, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and numerous power and USB ports.
By comparison, the Blazer Premier comes with an 8-way power-adjustable front driver’s seat and a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat. It features an 8-speaker Bose premium sound system and a trial of SiriusXM Radio. You get numerous power and USB ports, but no wireless charging area, plus it has an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Overall the features are similar in a lot of ways, but the 2019 Ford Edge ST or Titanium both give you more comfortable seating, a more impressive sound system, and a few extra features.
#5 – More Safety Features Standard
This is, to be honest, one of the most important reasons for me overall, so don’t let the fact that it comes last fool you. One of my absolute favorite things about the 2019 Ford Edge is that their impressive Ford Co-Pilot360 safety package comes standard on every model. This includes a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, pre-collision assist with an automatic emergency braking, and a lane-keeping system. There are a few extra features available on higher trim levels, like adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, but these standard features are fantastic.
With the 2019 Chevy Blazer, safety features like blind sport information and cross-traffic alert are only standard at the highest trim level, and not available at all on the starting model. Other safety features like forwarding automatic braking and forward collision alert are available options for the highest trim, not even standard. This is a huge issue to me, and one of the biggest reasons I would choose the Edge over the Blazer – safety should never feel like a luxury option.