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ReviewsChevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV

16:55  06 march  2019
16:55  06 march  2019 Source:   caranddriver.com

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2019 Chevrolet Blazer RS and 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Face Off : Which Is Detroit ' s Best Two - Row Mid - Size SUV ? Ford Edge Titanium AWD. Highs: Quiet cabin, capacious interior layout, refined and comfortable at a leisurely pace. Lows: Interior bits look and feel dated, chassis is easily

Ford ' s two - row Edge mid - size SUV is showing its age but still delivers a decently refined and confident experience. The 2019 Ford Edge Remains a Solid Two - Row Option among Mid - Size SUVs .

Chevrolet Blazer RS AWD

Highs: Responsive and stable handling, aggressive styling, stout V-6 engine.

Lows: Packaging favors form over function, middling interior, can approach luxury pricing.

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Ford Edge Titanium AWD

Highs: Quiet cabin, capacious interior layout, refined and comfortable at a leisurely pace.

Lows: Interior bits look and feel dated, chassis is easily flustered when driven sportingly.

At long last, the Chevrolet Blazer nameplate is back! Only one hitch: That name is plastered down the flanks of a mainstream two-row, mid-size crossover, rather than on an off-road-ready, truck-based SUV where many fans believe it belongs. This new-school-versus-old-school issue playing out in real time among Chevy fans everywhere overshadows the fact that the bow-tie brand hasn't played in this popular SUV segment in a while.

Sharing its platform with the Cadillac XT5 and the GMC Acadia, the new-for-2019 Blazer brings its Camaro-inspired looks to a segment anchored by seasoned veterans, namely the Chevy's own crosstown rival, the Ford Edge-now in its second generation and last updated for 2015-making it a proven measuring stick for the contemporary Blazer's worth.

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Chevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV © James Lipman - Car and Driver 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

The Matchup

Our 550-mile Blazer/Edge face-off in California was geared to tease out each vehicle's strengths in driving dynamics, interior accommodations, and overall agreeableness. Both models are roughly comparable in size and start around $30,000 with front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive adds up to $1995 to the price of an Edge and up to $2900 on the Blazer. The Chevrolet's standard, 193-hp naturally aspirated 2.5-liter inline-four is a bit weak next to the Ford's turbocharged 2.0-liter engine-good for 250 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque. (We opted for the Blazer's optional 308-hp 3.6-liter V-6, which is better suited to moving two-plus tons of SUV than the base engine.) The Edge is fitted with an eight-speed automatic while the Blazer's transmission has nine forward ratios. Both shift unobtrusively and have driver-activated Sport settings, although the Ford's wheel-mounted paddle shifters provide more effective manual control versus the Blazer's clumsy toggle on the side of its console shift lever.

Chevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV © James Lipman - Car and Driver 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

Both of our test vehicles, the top-level Edge Titanium and the V-6–only Blazer RS, have all-wheel drive. The RS, which slots below the range-topping Premier model and sports unique styling elements and a slightly firmer suspension tune, also gets the more advanced of the Blazer's two available AWD systems with a torque-vectoring rear axle. Neither of these models are exactly cheap when loaded with extras-the Ford came to an as-tested $48,085 and the Chevy stickered even higher at $50,765-yet both featured healthy loads of standard equipment as well as optional heated and ventilated front seats, big panoramic sunroofs, and lots of active-safety tech. (The Blue Oval also offers the Ford Performance–tuned Edge ST-$43,450 to start-with a 335-hp twin-turbo V-6, but the 2.0-liter model pairs more sensibly with the Blazer V-6.)

On the Road

The aggressively sculpted Blazer cuts a more dashing profile than the bulbous Edge. And its visual sharpness, at least in RS trim with its optional 21-inch wheels, is matched by a significantly more athletic driving character. The Ford lacks the Chevy's reassuringly firm and fade-resistant brake pedal, precise steering action, and tautly controlled body and suspension. But the Edge counters those demerits by riding more comfortably on its optional 20-inch wheels and allowing very little road, wind, and engine noise to penetrate its cabin. With the cruise control set to 70 mph, the Edge's 65-decibel hush may only be one decibel quieter than the Blazer, but there is a pleasantness in the sound quality that the Blazer can't come close to replicating.

Chevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV © James Lipman - Car and Driver 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

The Edge's softer suspension setup is at its most composed at sedate cruising speeds, preferably while traveling in a straight line so as not to fluster its chassis with quick directional changes. The Blazer RS, however, feels buttoned down and responsive even at a rapid pace, making it easier-and more enjoyable-to control on twisty roads. We do not expect owners of either of these vehicles to mercilessly flog them as we did, but in so doing both the Blazer and the Edge returned the same 16-mpg average. The EPA gives the six-cylinder RS a 21-mpg combined estimate versus 23 mpg for the four-cylinder Ford. Despite the Blazer's larger, naturally aspirated engine making more noise, particularly at wide-open throttle, than the Edge's turbo four, it delivers good throttle response around town, and its larger collection of ponies has to contend with fewer pounds (4293 to the Edge's 4357 pounds).

Chevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV © James Lipman - Car and Driver 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

At the test track, the Chevy's athleticism was unquestioned: Its 6.3-second dash to 60 mph was 0.5 second quicker than the Edge's, and it stopped from 70 mph in a solid 165 feet-18 feet shorter than the Edge-thanks to its larger 265/45R-21 all-season tires (versus the Ford's 245/50R-20s). It also stuck to the skidpad with a stout 0.87 g of grip, up from the Ford's so-so 0.83 g. The lighter, more powerful, quicker, and stickier Blazer simply outshines the more comfort-focused Edge at the track.

The Inside View

Both the Edge and Blazer interiors would look and feel more acceptable at lower asking prices than at our two test cars' lofty sticker prices. The Chevy's fresh design is assembled from materials humbled by those of some far less expensive competitors, such as Hyundai's latest Santa Fe. And while both vehicles have visibility issues thanks to their massive roof pillars, the Chevy's high beltline and low-roof styling really burden the driver's outward view. The Blazer's seating position is comfortable enough, but the funky, low-mounted climate-control vents pulled from the Camaro are more effective at modulating the temperature of your knees than actually circulating air throughout the cabin.

Chevrolet Blazer RS and Ford Edge Titanium Face Off for Title of Detroit's Best Two-Row Mid-Size SUV © James Lipman - Car and Driver 2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs Ford Edge

It is easier to forgive the material shortcomings in the Edge's interior, given the SUV's advanced age. Nevertheless, the expansive dash and elevated seating position make it feel awkward from behind the wheel, and its instrument cluster-an analog speedometer flanked by small digital readouts controlled by steering wheel buttons-is poorly arranged and difficult to read. The Edge's center stack, while more conventional in layout than the Chevy's, is as uninspired as it is functional. Although both SUVs feature intuitive touchscreen interfaces with loads of connectivity options, the Edge's packaging improves as you look farther aft. Along with greater front-seat space, back-seat riders get more room to stretch out-making the Ford the better of the two for three-abreast adult seating-and there's a generous 39 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the Edge's second row, eight cubes more than in the Blazer.

The Bottom Line

While the aging Ford Edge remains a solidly capable and utterly practical two-row SUV in the mid-size class, the stylish Chevrolet Blazer is, at this price point, a more compelling package for its contemporary execution, stronger performance, and more secure road manners-even though it, too, can feel light on value near the $50K mark. A full comparison test will ultimately determine how the new Blazer ranks among its mid-size competitors. For now, however, that some of the Camaro DNA that Chevrolet incorporated into the Blazer's design has also leached into its chassis-without significantly dinging its utility-makes it a stronger pick over its familiar crosstown rival.

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