It can be extremely overwhelming shopping for an SUV nowadays because the market is flooded with multiple options from tons of various automakers. SUVs are popular because they give drivers more space than a sedan and often times more impressive performance capabilities than compared to a minivan with the same amount of seating. These vehicles don’t have to be for families; if you’re looking for a vehicle to take on your next weekend adventure and haul around some extra belongings, then it’s perfect for you as well. Our team here at Serra Toyota will be going more in depth with comparisons to the 2016 Toyota Highlander LE, which is the base model.
This time, we’ll be comparing it to the 2016 Ford Edge SE. Both vehicles are set with front-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic transmissions for a smooth driving experience. On average, the Highlander gets a combined fuel economy of 22 mpg and the Edge gets a combined 24 mpg. With space for three more passengers in the Highlander, drivers may opt for this SUV is they plan to have more along for the ride.
|2016 Toyota Highlander LE 2WD||VS||2016 Ford Edge SE FWD|
|2.7-liter I-4||Engine||2.0-liter I-4|
|6-speed automatic||Transmission||6-speed automatic|
Overall, the 2016 Toyota Highlander offers much more interior volume with 145 cubic feet compared to the 2016 Ford Edge with 113.9 cubic feet. However, with the third row seating in place, it does take away from the cargo space in the back. Front seat passengers in the Highlander have more legroom to ensure a comfortable ride. If you’re looking to tow, both vehicles are capable of hauling 1,500 pounds as the standard towing capacity on the base models.
When it comes to safety, both the Toyota Highlander and the Ford Edge are set with automatic headlights, anti-theft protection and brake assist systems. The Highlander comes out on top with standard active head restraints that are not available on the Ford Edge. There is no climate control for rear seat passengers in the Edge, but it’s standard in the Highlander. Heated exterior mirrors and a remote fuel filler door release are standard in the Highlander as well but not available in the Edge.