Ford cars have been part of the fabric of America for more than a century, and new Ford SUVs do that legacy proud — albeit in a larger package. Unlike 100 years ago, there are other, newer, kids on the block. So how does a relative newcomer like the 2018 Toyota 4Runner compare with the 2018 Ford Edge found at Kearny Pearson Ford?
2018 Ford Edge
Why do El Cajon drivers love the 2018 Ford Edge? In a word, choice. This two-row crossover offers four trim levels, three engines, multiple seating and cargo configurations, and more option packages than you can shake a stick at.
The Ford Edge has something else going for it. Many of its competitors in the mid-size five-seat crossover segment feel a bit cramped inside, but that’s not the case here. There’s just shy of 114 cubic feet of passenger volume, and cargo volume starts at 39.2 cubic feet (expanding to a maximum 73.4 cubic feet).
There’s a five-star NHTSA safety rating, and some great safety tech to option in. There’s also Ford Sync3 on the upper trims, which gives you access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
2018 Toyota 4Runner
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is a true body-on-frame SUV. It looks, and drives, like one too. It offers a bit more cargo space than the Ford SUV, and a third row of seating. There’s only one engine on offer, a 4.0 liter V6 that manages more horsepower than the base Ford Edge but can’t touch the 315 horsepower available to an appropriately-equipped Ford Edge.
The size has its advantages, but comes at a cost. The Toyota 4Runner cannot match the fuel economy numbers of the Ford Edge. The interior doesn’t feel quite as nice, and even though the Toyota Entune infotainment system is generally useful, it won’t support Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. And if you’re interested in safety, the 4Runner doesn’t have a five-star NHTSA safety rating, nor as much available safety technology.
The 2018 Toyota 4Runner is a worthy adversary, but it simply falls short in some key areas, including safety, technology, and fuel economy. If you’re looking for a new SUV, the new Ford SUV clearly outperforms its Toyota-badged counterpart.
Of course, part of SUV buying is subjective. So come to your San Diego Ford dealership at 7303 Clairemont Mesa Blvd in San Diego, CA. Kearny Pearson Ford proudly serves you with Ford financing, parts, service, and much more! Questions? Call (858) 560-5544 today.