2018 Ford Edge vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
2018 Ford Edge vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
The 2018 Ford Edge and the Jeep Grand Cherokee represent a rare breed, the mid-size crossover SUV, designed to balance city-friendly driving with family-style passenger space. Which of these models is best suited to your everyday ride? Check out our comparison guide to learn more.
Classiest Cabin: 2018 Ford Edge
The Ford Edge delivers generous passenger space and upscale comforts, like optional heated seating, for up to five passengers. As you cruise over broken pavement, the Edge soaks up the worst of it with ease, leaving you to enjoy a smooth ride. This crossover also gives you more cargo space for your weekend bags, with 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats.
In the Jeep Grand Cherokee, you’ll also find roomy seating for up to five people. Even if the cabin isn’t quite as stylish as that of the Edge, you’ll still find upscale features on higher trims. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can get the luxury treatment with optional leather upholstery and a dual-pane panoramic sunroof. The Grand Cherokee trails the Edge in terms of cargo space, offering 36.3 cubes behind the rear seats.
Best Infotainment Lineup: 2018 Ford Edge
Here, we like the Edge, because you can get all the latest technology without upgrading to top trim levels. Starting with the mid-grade SEL trim, the Edge offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone capabilities. This technology projects smartphone apps onto the 8-inch central touchscreen and even lets you use your phone’s sophisticated voice commands. It’s specially designed to help you keep your main focus on the road. We’re also fans of Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system. With its sharp graphics and intuitive menus, it’s easy to handle when you’re stuck in traffic.
We like Jeep’s Uconnect infotainment system, which makes it easy to stay connected with complete smartphone integration and a savvy 8.4-inch touchscreen. We just wish it were available on lower trim models. To enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the Grand Cherokee, you’re going to have to upgrade to the top-of-the-line trim models, such as the Trailhawk or Overland.
Safest Ride: 2018 Ford Edge
Here, the Edge takes a clear lead. In government crash tests, this mid-size crossover earned an overall rating of five out of five stars. The Jeep Grand Cherokee did almost as well, earning four of the five.
Both crossovers offer optional four- or all-wheel drive, so you can stick corners, even when the weather turns icy. You’ll also find the full range of driver aids on both models. This includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking to help you pull up short of danger.
Ruggedness: 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee
If it’s rugged performance you’re after, there’s no better mid-size crossover than the Grand Cherokee. Most trims are available with four-wheel drive to help you move through soft surfaces, such as sand or snow. The Grand Cherokee Trailhawk even provides you with a long list of off-road-ready gear, like hill ascent and descent control and an electronic limited-slip rear differential. This special model is ready for anything the great outdoors can throw at it.
The 2018 Ford Edge is more cosmopolitan. However, if you add all-wheel drive, the Edge is proficient on light trails. We like the Edge’s engine options, which offer everything from a fuel-efficient commute to a punchy turbocharged performance.
Of the pair, we recommend the 2018 Ford Edge for the best daily drive. While the Jeep Grand Cherokee does shine in rugged settings, the Edge is better suited to family duty. It transports your family and all of their stuff in roomy comfort. The infotainment system helps you stay connected without distracting you from traffic. It’s also got the safety features you crave, so you’ll feel cool and composed as you cruise up the interstate.