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2018 Ford Edge vs 2018 Ford Explorer

2018 Ford Edge


2018 Ford Explorer

2.0-Liter EcoBoost®


3.5-Liter V6
245 hp


290 hp
275 lb-ft


255 lb-ft

Serving Columbus, Westerville, and Gahanna, OH

Ford offers two outstanding choices in the midsize SUV category for 2018: the Edge, a two-row SUV that fits up to five passengers, and the Explorer, a three-row model that fits up to eight. Each offers unique features that appeal to drivers who need plenty of passenger space along with a comfortable cabin equipped with the latest amenities. If you're deciding between these two Ford SUVs, here's what you need to know.


Powerful engine options are available in both the 2018 Ford Edge and Ford Explorer. The base model of the Ford Edge is equipped with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 245 horsepower, providing an energetic but comfortable ride. Drivers can also opt for a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6; both are paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission that's new for 2018. Those who opt for the Sport model of the Edge will enjoy the power of a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 providing 315 horsepower.

The base 2018 Ford Explorer is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 290 horsepower. Other options include a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder that produces 280 horsepower and a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that puts out 365 horsepower.

Safety and Equipment

Both the 2018 Ford Edge and Explorer have shown exceptional crash test performance, each receiving a five-star overall safety rating from the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration. The Edge received the highest rating in four out of five categories tested by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, while the Explorer received the highest rating in three out of the five tests.

Both models offer available driver assistance features on most trims. The Explorer is available with front and rear parking sensors, parallel and perpendicular park assist, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and lane keep assist. The Edge takes it one step further with packages that also include forward collision warning with automatic braking, a 180-degree front camera, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Interior Technology

Drivers who appreciate advanced tech will be impressed with the options in the Edge and Explorer. Both vehicles come with the brand's fast, intuitive SYNC infotainment system, which features MyKey parental controls, smartphone integration, and both USB and Bluetooth connectivity. A rearview camera is also standard, while the Edge adds push-button start and proximity key on the base model. Drivers can customize these SUVs with a host of additional features, such as dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, satellite radio, and rear-seat dual-screen entertainment systems.

Whether you want the expansive space of the Explorer or the smaller, comfortably equipped Edge, the staff and Krieger Ford will be happy to help you decide which 2018 Ford SUV is best for your lifestyle. Visit us today for a test drive.

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