Ford 2017 Ford Edge and 2017 Ford Escape Crossover SUVS: Which Is Better?

When it comes to the growing crossover SUV market, Ford is one of the top competitors with entries in both the compact crossover and mid-size crossover segments. At first glance, the 2017 Ford Edge and 2017 Ford Escape look to be similar in styling and design, but there are some key differences you will notice when you make a trip to Ford dealerships near you.

Ford Escape Crossover SUVS

2017 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover SUV. It is slightly bigger than the Ford Escape. It offers plenty of room and comfort, along with excellent cargo space and plenty of technology options. There are several different trim packages offered, with a dedicated sports option.

2017 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is a compact crossover SUV. For 2017, Ford updated the technology features, expanded its EcoBoost engine options, and refined the exterior features. Among compact crossovers, the Escape offers plenty of useful cargo space, along with its easy access rear hatchback door.

Fuel Efficiencies

The two models both provide similar fuel efficiencies with an estimated 29 mpg for highway driving and 21 mpg for city driving and a combined fuel rating of 24 mpg. However, certain Escape models do offer a slight boost, with 23 mpg in town and 30 mpg on the highway.

Fuel Capacities

The Ford Edge has a slightly bigger, 18-gallon-capacity fuel tank compared to the 15.7-gallon-capacity tank found on the Ford Escape.

Towing Capabilities

Ford designed both the Edge and Escape with towing capabilities. Both models have a 1,500-pound maximum towing capacity.

Ford 2017 Ford Edge

Safety Features

The Edge does have a few more optional safety features, compared to the Escape, but Ford is constantly updating features, so the differences between the two are only marginal, as both models were built with safety in mind.

NHTSA Crash Test Ratings

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the Ford Edge and the Ford Escape with an overall five-star crash rating. Both crossover SUVs were rated five stars in the following crash test categories:

  • Overall Frontal Barrier Crash
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Passenger
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Driver
  • Side Pole Crash Front Driver
  • Side Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Barrier Crash Rating Rear Passenger
  • Side Barrier Crash Rating Front Driver
  • Overall Side Crash
  • Combined Side Crash Rear Seat
  • Combined Side Crash Front Seat

The only test the Ford Edge and Ford Escape did not receive five stars in was the rollover crash test rating, but it did score rather high, with a four-star rating for both crossover SUVs.


As you might have guessed, the Ford Edge does have a slightly higher base price because it is a midsized crossover SUV, compared to the Ford Escape, although this can easily be offset by taking advantage of various dealer incentives and trade allowances.

Deciding which model is best really comes down to your own personal preferences and needs, as both the Edge and Escape offer reliability and comfort. To experience the Ford Edge and Ford Escape for yourself and to take these models for a test drive, stop by Community Ford or call us at 317-831-2750 today!