|73.4||Cargo Space (cu.ft)||64.2|
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In recent years, the midsize SUV has moved to the forefront of family vehicles, supplanting the midsize sedan and minivan as the vehicle of choice. Two of the top two-row midsize SUVs are the Ford Edge and Chevy Blazer. These models offer plenty to people who need a vehicle that can seat up to five passengers. As a result, the Edge and Blazer are two of the most popular models in the respective Ford and Chevy fleets. However, in comparing the 2022 Ford Edge vs 2022 Chevy Blazer, you come to see why Ford may have the edge over the blazing midsize SUV from Chevrolet.
The 2022 Ford Edge is all-wheel drive standard, while Chevy makes you pay extra to get all-wheel drive on the front-wheel drive standard 2022 Blazer. In addition, the Ford Edge has the edge over the Blazer when it comes to passenger space and room for cargo. The Edge also has more powerful engine options than the ones on the Blazer. Finally, the Ford Edge comes in five different trim levels, while Chevy only offers four trim levels. This gives you one extra model of the Edge to choose from when deciding on your next midsize SUV.
The 2022 Ford Edge and 2022 Chevy Blazer offer two engine options to drivers. Interestingly enough, both vehicles have an I-4 base engine with a V6 available as an optional upgrade. However, in comparing the two engines, you will see that the Ford has the edge over the Chevy.
The 2022 Ford Edge features a standard 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost Turbo I-4. This engine features an aluminum block and head with 16 valves in a dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) configuration. It also has automatic stop/start to improve fuel economy and reduce engine emissions. Most importantly, the engine utilizes a turbocharger and direct fuel injection to deliver 250 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 280 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm.
The base engine on the 2022 Chevy Blazer is a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 gas engine. Chevy manufactures the block, head, and cylinders out of cast aluminum, also opting for 16 valves in a DOHC configuration. The Chevy base engine also has automatic stop/start. This engine uses direct, high-pressure fuel injection with electronic throttle control to produce 228 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. As you can see, although these two engines are the same size, the one on the Ford Edge will give you more horsepower and torque than the one on the Chevy Blazer.
This is similar to the situation with the engine options on the two midsize SUVs. Ford offers a 2.7-liter EcoBoost Twin-Turbo V6 on the 2022 Edge. This is a 60-degree V6 with a compacted graphite iron block, an aluminum head, and a forged steel crankshaft. It has 24 valves in a DOHC configuration. This V6 gas engine utilizes direct fuel injection, automatic stop/start, and a turbocharger to provide you with up to 335 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 380 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Chevy offers an available 3.6-liter V6 gas engine on the 2022 Blazer. This engine has a cast aluminum block and head and features 24 valves in a DOHC configuration, with direct fuel injection, variable valve timing, and automatic stop/start. However, unlike its base engine on the 2022 Blazer, Chevy has chosen not to equip its optional engine with a turbocharger. As a result, the available 3.6-liter V6 gas engine can only provide 308 horsepower at 6,700 rpm and 270 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm. This makes it underpowered despite the fact that this engine is larger than the V6 on the Ford Edge.
Both the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Chevy Blazer offer drivers exceptional fuel economy for a midsize SUV. Clearly, the Blazer with front-wheel drive has the edge when it comes to gas mileage since the 2022 Ford Edge features Intelligent all-wheel drive standard. However, when comparing an all-wheel drive 2022 Blazer to the 2022 Edge, you see that the fuel economy is comparable. The Blazer with the I-4 gas engine will give you 22 miles per gallon in city driving and 27 miles per gallon on the highway, while the reverse is true with the Edge, which gives you 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
If you choose to go with the all-wheel drive Blazer or Edge with the optional V6 engine, the numbers are pretty much the same. Both will give you 19 miles per gallon in the city and 21 miles per gallon combined. While not as efficient as the base engine, the extra power from an optional V6 is well worth it for added responsiveness and capability.
When it comes to handling and cornering, the 2022 Ford Edge has a slight edge over the 2022 Chevy Blazer. The Edge has standard Intelligent all-wheel drive for better grip and traction. With the Blazer, Chevy makes you pay extra to get all-wheel drive, as the Blazer is front-wheel drive standard. Also, with most vehicles that are not standard all-wheel drive, the design of the Blazer is a compromise between two different drivetrains. The Ford Edge was designed from the ground up to be an all-wheel drive model.
The Ford Edge is also going to give you better cornering as its wheelbase is just 112.2-inches, while the Blazer features a longer 112.7-inch wheelbase. The suspension system on the Edge will also give you a smoother ride than on the Blazer. The Edge features independent MacPherson struts and L-shaped lower control arms with an isolated subframe and stabilizer bar in the front, and an independent integral link rear suspension, also with an isolated subframe and stabilizer bar. The Blazer has a similar front suspension with independent MacPherson struts, hydraulic control arms, and a hollow stabilizer bar, but opts for a five-link independent suspension in the rear, also with a hollow stabilizer bar.
Both the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Chevy Blazer offer a great deal in the way of safety and infotainment technology. This shows that both companies are putting a great deal of emphasis on improving their respective vehicles through technological innovation. However, Ford has the edge over Chevy when it comes to standard safety and infotainment technologies on these two midsize SUVs.
Ford and Chevrolet deserve to be commended for their commitment to making passenger vehicles safer through standard active driver assistance technology. The 2022 Ford Edge features a number of standard features as part of the Ford Co-Pilot360 technology, while the 2022 Chevy Blazer also has some standard Chevy Safety Assist features. However, the Ford Edge features more standard features than the Chevy Blazer.
Both models include such driver assistance features as a lane-keeping system to prevent you from drifting into other lanes, a rearview camera to improve safety when backing up, forward collision warning to help you avoid a collision, and a post-collision braking system to reduce the risk of a secondary accident after a crash. However, Ford also includes a Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) as standard on all models of the 2022 Edge, making lane changing safer and easier than ever. This is a safety feature that is only an option on the base model 2022 Chevy Blazer. No wonder the Ford Edge was named a top safety pick for 2021 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The 2022 Ford Edge features the latest version of Ford’s infotainment system, SYNC 4A, on an enormous 12-inch color touchscreen. This system includes a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity. The 2022 Chevy Blazer is equipped with the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system with similar features to the SYNC 4A. However, it only has an 8-inch color touchscreen, making it slightly more difficult to operate, especially when driving your vehicle. Chevy also lacks over-the-air updates, requiring a visit to the dealership for updates and bug fixes.
Both the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Chevy Blazer provide plenty of room for cargo in the back, with the ability to increase the amount of cargo space by easily folding down the rear row of seats. However, the Ford Edge provides more overall room for your things than the Chevy Blazer. The trunk on the Edge provides you with 39.2 cubic feet of space that can be increased to 73.4 cubic feet. The Blazer only provides 30.5 cubic feet of cargo space, with a maximum of 64.2 cubic feet when the rear row of seats is folded down. This is almost ten extra cubic feet of space for your belongings in the Ford, whether you are moving supplies for some home repairs or luggage when you head out on a road trip.
There is something very interesting about how Ford designed the 2022 Edge. Even though it has a tighter wheelbase than the 2022 Chevy Blazer, it actually provides more room for you and your passengers. Despite having a wheelbase that is a half-inch shorter than the Blazer, the Ford Edge gives you 113.9 cubic feet of passenger space. This is a full six cubic feet space more than the 107.8 cubic feet of interior space on the Blazer.
While both the Edge and Blazer can accommodate up to five passengers, the Edge will give your passengers more room to stretch out. This is especially helpful on long trips. In comparing the two midsize SUVs, the Edge gives your passengers a little more room no matter where they are sitting. If your passenger is in the front row, they will get more headroom and legroom in the Edge than the Blazer, with the Edge giving them 40.2 inches of headroom and 42.6 inches of legroom. The Blazer only gives front-row passengers 39.8 inches of headroom and 41 inches of legroom.
Similarly, your rear row passengers are going to get more room in the Edge than in the Blazer. The Edge offers 60.5 inches of shoulder room and 57.5 inches of hip room, as compared to only 58.6 inches of shoulder room and 54.2 inches of hip room in the Blazer. As you can see, things are liable to get a little tight if you try to squeeze three passengers into the back row of that Blazer.