2022 Ford Edge vs Jeep Grand Cherokee
Crossover SUVs have become the dominant vehicle class on North American roads. They offer extra room for people and cargo, but come in a smaller, more maneuverable package than their full-sized SUV counterparts. While there are plenty of options on the market, two stand out among the crowd in this class of vehicles. These are the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee are mid-sized crossover SUVs with a five-door body style. Both offer room for up to five people to ride comfortably, including the driver. The Edge also offers 30.2 cubic-feet of storage space behind the rear seats. This can be extended up to 73.4 cubic-feet of space by folding the rear seats down flat. The Grand Cherokee provides 37.6 cubic-feet of cargo space, or 70.8 cubic-feet with the rear seats folded down.
The Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee have similar sizes, though the Grand Cherokee is a bit larger. The Edge measures in at 189-inches long, 76-inches wide and 68-inches high. The Grand Cherokee comes in at 194-inches long, 78-inches wide and 71-inches high. Both are attractive vehicles with a good amount of standard features. Here's a look at how the Edge and Grand Cherokee compare against each other in some important categories.
The 2022 Ford Edge has two different engine options. The base engine is a Twin-Scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost® that produces 250 hp (horsepower) and 280 lb-ft (pound-feet) of torque. This engine is standard for every trim level except for the ST model. The ST comes equipped with a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost with dual turbochargers. This powerful engine cranks out an impressive 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque.
Every Ford Edge has an 8-speed automatic transmission, regardless of the engine. They all get Ford's Intelligent All-Wheel Drive, too. This AWD system balances the torque between the front and rear wheels for better handling and traction. The Edge also has other high-tech systems to enhance the driving experience. This includes AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™, Traction Control and Electric Power-Assisted Steering.
The Ford Edge gets Four-Wheel Vented Disc Brakes with ABS, which stands for Anti-Locking Brake System. Every trim level has an Independent Front and Rear Suspension. Both engines have Hill-Start Assist as well as Auto Start-Stop Technology. This technology enhances fuel efficiency by turning off the internal-combustion engine every time the vehicle comes to a stop.
The Edge can get up to 21 mpg (miles-per-gallon) in the city and 28 mpg on the highway when equipped with the base engine. Models powered by the turbocharged V6 should get up to 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. The Edge uses Torque Vectoring Control for better handling in a variety of different driving situations. This technology uses the brake system to achieve what a limited-slip differential would normally do.
The latest Jeep Grand Cherokee is available with three different powertrains, including a hybrid model. For the non-hybrids, every trim level comes stock with a 3.6-liter V6 engine with 24 valves and Variable Valve Timing. This engine produces 293 hp and comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. All models with this engine have 4X2 RWD (Rear-Wheel Drive).
Jeep also offers the Grand Cherokee with a big 5.7-liter V8 HEMI. This engine is capable of producing 357 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. A Grand Cherokee equipped with this engine will also have an 8-speed automatic transmission. This time, however, the Grand Cherokee gets 4X4 AWD for incredible traction and superior off-road performance. When properly equipped, a Grand Cherokee can tow up to 7,200 pounds.
A Grand Cherokee with the base engine gets around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. This drops down to 14 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway when the vehicle is powered by the V8 HEMI. Like the Ford Edge, the Jeep Grand Cherokee has its own stability and traction-control systems. It also offers an advanced Quadra-Trac II® 4WD System and a Selec-Terrain® System for enhanced off-road performance.
The Grand Cherokee is offered with different suspension systems, depending on the model. This includes a Quadra-Lift® Air Suspension for a smooth ride over pavement or even rough off-road terrain. This SUV has standard Electric Power Steering and an Anti-Lock Brake System.
Hybrid models of the Jeep Grand Cherokee can operate on electric-only power, gasoline-only power or a combination of both. It even has a silent, all-electric mode. The hybrid is every bit as capable as its gasoline-powered counterparts, even when it comes to off-road performance. This model is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine paired with an electric motor.
The hybrid Grand Cherokee produces 370 hp with 470 lb-ft of torque. It has a maximum towing capacity of up to 6,000 pounds. It gets an amazing 56 mpge and will save owners a lot of money at the gas pump. This hybrid SUV has an all-electric range of 25 miles and a combined range of 470 miles. Jeep offers a Level II PHEV Charging Station for home installation to buyers who want to quickly and easily recharge their Grand Cherokee.
The Ford Edge has adequate acceleration from its 250-horsepower engine, and can tow around 3,500 pounds when properly equipped. It does just fine with a full load of people and cargo. Ford's 335-hp V6 is noticeably quicker, and it's more enjoyable to drive an Edge with this motor. All three of the Jeep Grand Cherokee's powertrains beat out the Ford Edge when it comes to pure power, acceleration and towing capacity.
The Edge and Grand Cherokee both have good steering and handling. They both have excellent traction to deal with wet or slick pavement. The Grand Cherokee is more nimble and easier to maneuver overall. It's also vastly superior when it comes to off-road capabilities, especially when equipped with AWD. Both provide a comfortable ride quality, with the Edge slightly beating out the Grand Cherokee in that category.
The Ford Edge has a spacious cabin that's comfortable at every seat position. There's a total of 153.1 cubic-feet of space for passengers to stretch out in. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has an almost equally spacious interior, with 152 cubic-feet of passenger space.
The Ford Edge has a Dual-Zone Electronic Automatic Temperature Control System to keep everyone comfortable. The Jeep Grand Cherokee offers A/C with 4-Zone Automatic Temperature Control at the highest trim level. Lower trims get a dual-zone or 3-zone system.
Both of these crossover SUVs have comfortable and supportive seats. Up front, the Ford Edge offers reclining bucket seats. These are manually adjustable at the base trim level. Higher trims get 10-way power-operated seats with heating and a memory feature. The rear has a 60/40 split-fold-flat bench Seat with a reclining feature and a fold-down armrest. Lower trims have cloth upholstery while the higher trims have leather upholstery with Miko inserts.
The Grand Cherokee has a more upscale interior with Napa-leather trim and an available wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel. Even at the base-trim level, the driver will enjoy an 8-way power-adjustable seat with lumbar support. Higher trim levels offer 12-way power seats. There are heating and ventilation features available for the front seats as well as for the rear-seat passengers. Upholstery comes in a variety of materials including premium cloth and Capri leather.
The Ford Edge and Jeep Grand Cherokee both have plenty of standard safety features. This also includes some sophisticated, modern technology. The Edge gets Ford's Personal Safety System™, which is their proprietary term for an advanced airbag system. The driver and front passenger get airbag protection from the front and sides, as well as knee protection. There's also a side-curtain airbag with a rollover sensor that protects passengers in both rows.
Ford Co-Pilot360™ Technology adds a number of driver-assist aids, as well as other tech features. There's a rear-view camera and Ford's SOS Post-Crash Alert System™. There are advanced systems to help with stability, traction and rollover mitigation. The Edge also gets a Lane-Keeping System and a Blind-Spot Information System that can even monitor rear cross-traffic.
A high-tech Evasive Steering System is optional for higher trim levels. Buyers can also upgrade the camera system to include a 180-degree model with a split view and a washer. Ford's Enhanced Active Park Assist System makes it safer, and easier, to get in and out of tight parking spaces. The rear doors have child safety locks and windows, as well as the LATCH system for securing child safety seats.
A Tire-Pressure Monitor helps to mitigate accidents due to a flat, or a blowout from over-inflation. The Edge also provides a SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System and a perimeter alarm to deter would-be car thieves.
Jeep's Grand Cherokee has an advanced airbag system of its own. This includes front airbags and seat-mounted, side-impact airbags for the driver and front passenger. Up front, there's also protection from inflatable knee-bolster airbags. Last of all, there are supplemental side-curtain front and rear bags.
The Grand Cherokee has many similar safety features when compared to the Ford Edge. There's a Tire-Pressure Monitor, child locks and windows and the LATCH system. The Grand Cherokee has a standard security alarm. There's also a standard parking-assist feature called ParkSense®. This is notable since Ford's advanced parking feature is only available on the highest trim levels, or as an option.
The Grand Cherokee has a wealth of standard driver-assist technology. This includes an Active Lane-Management System as well as Blind-Spot and Cross-Path Detection. There's a Forward-Collision Warning feature that works even when traveling at high speeds. There's a standard rear-view camera and an available surround-vision camera.
Which Has the Best Value?
The starting price of a 2022 Ford Edge is $37,410. That's the price of an SE model before any options or packages are added on. The Ford Edge Titanium starts out at $43,010, and the top trim level, the Edge ST, starts at $46,210.
The base trim level for the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is called the Laredo. It starts out at $38,325, a bit higher than its Ford counterpart, but not by too much. A hybrid model will start out at $55,865. The top two trim levels, the Summit and Summit Reserve start at $60,695 and $67,175, respectively.
When comparing the base trim levels, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is more expensive, but not significantly so. It does, however, offer significantly more horsepower and torque. The Grand Cherokee has more overall cargo space, though the Edge offers more cargo space when all of the seats are in use. This could make the Edge a better choice for large families, where passenger space and cargo space are both equally important.
One thing the Ford has at every trim level that the Jeep doesn't is standard AWD. Being a Jeep, the Grand Cherokee naturally offers AWD too, but the buyer will have to pay extra for it, and the Grand Cherokee is already the more expensive vehicle. While this isn't a steep price difference at first, it quickly ramps up as one goes to higher, comparable trim levels.
If one is looking for better traction and a safer drive in rain or snow, then the Ford's standard AWD can be very useful. If you're looking for off-road prowess, however, a Jeep Grand Cherokee, even with a stock 4X2 drive-train, will perform better in this category than an AWD Ford Edge. This is due to its superior suspension system and other off-road geared features. This is a Jeep, after all, and Jeeps are known for their off-road capabilities.
The Jeep has more standard safety features and driver-assist tech. Both have comparable features when it comes to convenience, audio and their infotainment systems. At the base trim levels, the Jeep Grand Cherokee easily offers the best value here. As you move up through the trim levels, though, the Ford starts to look better for your pocketbook.
Which Is Better?
In almost every category, the 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee is better than the 2022 Ford Edge. It offers better performance in nearly all categories. It offers more horsepower and torque. When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Grand Cherokee even comes in a hybrid version, something that the Ford Edge lacks entirely.
The Jeep has better and more standard safety features. It offers vastly superior off-road performance, especially from the Trailhawk models. The interior is nicer and the ride quality and handling are better. The Jeep even has more cargo space and a higher maximum tow rating.
The Ford Edge does offer good value. In fact, for families, it may still be a good option. It costs significantly less than the Jeep, especially when one starts comparing their top models. The standard AWD makes it a safe vehicle. If you wish to go on trips and outdoor adventures with the family, however, the Jeep Grand Cherokee will suit you better. It's hands down the better crossover SUV.