While some folks might think a happy medium refers to someone finding a great discount on a suit at Macy's, it actually refers to a perfect compromise. Such is the case with midsize SUVs, this case, the 2020 Ford Edge vs 2020 Dodge Durango. When a midsize SUV is designed well, they provide more room for passengers and cargo than a compact SUV or crossover, with better mileage and handling than a full-size SUV. The key is finding the right combination of drivetrain and size, apportioning enough space for passengers and cargo without cramping the former or skimping on the latter. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task for today's automotive engineer. When you add in the fact that folks like to have their midsize SUV with all modern conveniences, like user-friendly infotainment systems and safety features, getting to that happy medium is not as easy as finding me a brand new suit.
Two companies that seemed to have achieved this difficult task are Ford and Dodge. Ford offers the Edge, a two-row midsize SUV that seats up to 5 passengers. Dodge counters with the Durango, which comes as either a two-row or three-row SUV, and can seat between 5 and 7 passengers depending on which trim is chosen. Ford seems to have taken the approach of having an Edge that differs among trim levels, mainly with respect to specific features like additional active safety systems, stronger engines, and additional styling. In contrast, Dodge has used the Durango as something of a Swiss Army Knife, with radical differences between each trim level.