The 2013 Ford Edge vs. Mazda CX-5

August 8, 2012

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Deciding how to pick a 2013 crossover vehicle might be no easy task with so many good choices available. Two of those choices, the Edge and the CX-5, are top picks. Searching for the smoothest, most comfortable ride? The Edge starts at $27,525. Looking for a winning driving experience paired with the best fuel economy in the class? The CX-5 has an MSRP from $20,695. Although the large gap in price might make you immediately gravitate towards the CX-5, don’t be hasty. The 2013 Ford Edge vs. the Mazda CX-5 is not as simple a decision as looking at the price tag when you compare all the standard features.

The Edge has four models for the 2013 year: the SE, the SEL, the Limited and the Sport. The standard engine is a 3.5L/85hp V6 and it has 253 ft-lbs. of torque. A 4-cylinder engine with “EcoBoost” is available as well to get extra fuel economy. The Edge a 6-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive is standard for every model. All-wheel drive is optional: a manual transmission is not.

Ford Edge vs. Mazda CX-5

The EPA estimates the fuel economy for the front wheel drive SE Edge is 19 MPG city and 27 MPG highway. The all-wheel drive version has 18 MPG city and 25 MPG highway. The EcoBoost engine gets 21 MPG city and 30 MPG highway: impressive numbers. The fuel tank can hold up to 18.0 gallons and the Edge uses regular unleaded fuel.

The CX-5 is available in three models in 2013: the Sport, the Touring, and the Grand Touring. The standard engine is a 2.0L/155hp 4-cylinder that has 150 ft-lbs. of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard and all three models are available with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available but only if you opt for the 6-speed automatic transmission.

There are no official EPA published mileage estimates yet, but according to Mazda, the manual Sport with front-wheel drive will get 26 MPG city and 33 MPG highway. The all-wheel drive automatic version will get 25 MPG city and 30 MPG highway. This will put the CX-5 as the crossover with the best-in-class fuel economy. The fuel tank holds up to14.8 gallons and the CX-5 uses regular unleaded fuel.

Safety is a top priority for everyone, and the standard equipment on the Edge is top notch. Starting the list is Ford’s MyKey, a programmable system that allows parents to set limits on volume control and vehicle speed for teenage drivers. A four-wheel antilock brake system, engine immobilizer, and post-collision safety system are also standard. Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation, dual front side-mounted airbags, and emergency braking assist are also included.

In government crash tests, the Edge received an overall rating of four out of five stars: three stars for frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection. The Edge also earned the highest possible rating of “Good” in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Important Stats2013 Foird Edge2013 Mazda CX-5
Engine3.5L V-62.0L I-4
Horsepower285 @ 6,500 rpm155 @ 6,000 rpm
Transmission6-spd with OD6-spd man with OD
DrivetrainFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Seating5 passengers5 passengers
Cargo Space68.9 cu.ft.64.8 cu.ft.
MPG19 City / 27 Hwy26 City / 35 Hwy
MSRP$27,525 - $39,060$20,695 - $28,295
Warranty36 months/36,000 miles36 months/36,000 miles

The CX-5 has its own strong safety list, starting with daytime running lights, front and rear head airbags, and a four-wheel antilock brake system. An engine immobilizer, auto delay off headlamps, electronic brakeforce distribution, height-adjustable headrests and rear door child safety locks are also standard features.

In tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the CX-5 earned the highest rating of “Good” for frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength, putting it on par with the Edge. Government crash test scores are not available at this time.

The Edge is slightly longer than the CX-5, while the CX-5 is slightly wider. The Edge is 184.2 inches long, 67.0 inches high and 76.0 inches wide. The CX-5 is 179.3 inches long, 67.3 inches high and 72.4 inches wide. Cargo capacity does not have a vast difference either. The Edge has a capacity of 32.2 cubic with all seats in place and a maximum capacity of 68.9 cubic feet. The CX-5 has 34.1 cubic feet with all seats in place and the maximum cargo capacity is 64.8 cubic feet, leaving a difference in size of only a few cubic feet in favor of the Edge.

Passenger and driver seat room is a negligible difference as well. Front head room in the Edge is 40.0 inches and front leg room is 40.7 inches. Rear head room is 39.3 inches and rear leg room is 39.6 inches. Front head room in the CX-5 is 40.1 inches and front leg room is 41.0 inches. Rear head room is 39.0 inches and rear leg room is 39.3 inches.

Comfort, convenience, and entertainment features are almost an even match-up in these two SUVs. The Edge offers cruise control, retained accessory power, remote power door locks and power steering, and air conditioning. There are also 12V front, cargo and rear power outlets, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and a trip computer. For entertainment there is an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo, auxiliary MP3 audio input and a mast antenna. Six speakers, speed sensitive volume control and a radio data system are all standard equipment as well.

The CX-5 has electric power steering, 12V front and cargo area power outlets, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel and air conditioning. Interior air filtration, front reading lights, turn signals in the mirrors, and external temperature display are included as well. Entertainment features include an AM/FM in-dash single CD player with CD MP3 Playback stereo, a USB connection, and four speakers. Auxiliary MP3 audio input, speed sensitive volume control, and a mast antenna complete the standard list.

The Edge offers passengers one of the best rides in this class in terms of quiet and comfort. Fuel economy is not as high as the CX-5, but it is still impressive. Handling is responsive for curves and parking alike, and there is plenty of power with either engine. The downsides to the Edge are that the MyFord Touch system still lacks ease of use and the transmission does not have as quick of a response as it could.

Handling is excellent for the CX-5 as well, and having the highest fuel efficiency in the class is one of the biggest pros to this vehicle. It is stylish inside and out and is a very fun SUV to drive. The cons are that the navigation and audio systems are a letdown, as is the lack of an engine upgrade.

Despite these small feature complaints, you won’t go wrong with either of these crossovers. Between the fuel economy, safety scores and plentiful standard features, both of them should definitely be on your short list.

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Image Source Ford Edge By U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Image Source Mazda CX-5 By IFCAR (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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