2018 Ford Edge vs Honda CR-V
2018 Ford Edge vs Honda CR-V
If a third row isn’t high on your list of priorities, you’ve got a lot of fantastic SUV options on the market. Two of the best–and best-selling–are the 2018 Ford Edge and the Honda CR-V. Which one offers you the better buy?
Buyers will sometimes forgive a manufacturer taking its eye off the ball a little when it comes to an SUV’s styling, but only if that buyer gets a truckload in return, like squeezing seven or even eight seats inside. With a five-seat model? The style better be there. The 2018 Ford Edge could probably accommodate an extra row of seats, but instead Ford has stuck with a five-seater and focused on the style instead. The 2018 Ford Edge has the sporty Ford look also seen with the Escape and Explorer, rugged and classic with the polish you’d expect from a Ford.
Honda’s CR-V sells in big numbers, but those sales are likely despite how it looks rather than because of it. The CR-V is a little odd and quirky, especially when it’s put side-by-side with something as sophisticated as the Ford Edge.
A glorious trio of engines is available with the Ford Edge, and there isn’t a dud among them. The standard unit is a 275 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo-four. The first of a pair of V-6 options is a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated engine developing 280 horsepower, an available option for the SEL and Titanium trims. However, the one to go for if it’s in your budget is the magnificent 2.7-liter V-6 turbo, which boasts 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. That engine comes standard in the Edge Sport, which might be worth a second look if you want the power of that V-6 engine.
You’ll get two engine options with the Honda CR-V: a 2.4-liter inline-four rated at 184 horsepower (only found in the base LX) and a new 1.5-liter turbo-four producing 190 horsepower that works best with Honda’s CVT transmission. You don’t need to be a detective to figure out that this area is another where the Honda falls short of the Ford.
The cabin of the Edge is perfectly fine in lower trims, but the best interiors come in the higher spec models, which is perhaps not surprising. Even then, the best seats are those in the front, a bit of a shame for a vehicle aimed at those who tend to need more than two seats.
Not only is the interior of the CR-V stylish, modern and comfortable, but the CR-V also extends that style from the entry level upwards. Honda makes the most out of the available space inside in ways that should be a lesson to all automakers. The CR-V could be a little more luxurious at the top end of things, but then again, Honda isn’t asking for luxury money here either.
The Honda CR-V must be doing something right to get the sales numbers it gets, so we’ll tread carefully here. But if you’re comparing these two vehicles, you should get the one that gives you the most for your money. The 2018 Ford Edge is a bigger and more expensive SUV, but you do get exactly what you pay for. The CR-V is fine for the price, but if you want something that gives you more, for just a bit extra, the 2018 Ford Edge is truly something special.