|Automatic 9-Speed||Transmission||Automatic 8-Speed|
|4,500 LBS||Max Towing Capacity||3,500 LBS|
Midsize SUVs are the perfect option for families, adventurers, and even daily commuters looking for more space. For this reason, the midsize SUV class has become one of the largest vehicle classes, making it more difficult for contenders to stand out. However, there are two options that have managed to rise above the competition: the 2019 Chevy Blazer vs 2019 Ford Edge.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer is a newly designed model which offers a bold and athletic design with exceptionally modern features. The Blazer is a versatile option, thanks to its efficiency, power, and technology. Equipped with its most powerful engine, the Blazer is able to produce up to 305 hp and offer a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 LBS. Drivers can opt for the Blazer in FWD or AWD, and can even choose from a number of sporty upgrades. On the inside, the new Blazer is generously advanced. For no additional cost, this SUV includes a large touchscreen display, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The Blazer also has plenty of technology to offer in the category of safety, featuring one of the longest lists of available driver assist features on the market.
Meanwhile, the 2019 Ford Edge is also a fierce competitor in the midsize SUV class, mainly due to its efficiency and power. The Edge also provides an excellent list of standard safety features and offers a comfortable ride. However, the Edge’s weakness is in its standard entertainment features, as with most Ford models. The base model lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a large touchscreen display. The 2019 Ford Edge is also the more expensive vehicle out of the two, which makes its underwhelming entertainment suite even more surprising.
Overall, the 2019 Chevy Blazer and 2019 Ford Edge both offer class-leading performance across multiple categories in the midsize SUV class, but they also have distinct differences. In order to determine which of these vehicles is right for you, let’s take a close look at how they compare in the categories of performance, entertainment, and safety.
The 2019 Chevy Blazer and 2019 Ford Edge offer very similar performance stats; however, critics note that the Blazer is exceptionally athletic in terms of handling. Overall, both the Blazer and Edge offer a high level of power, while remaining impressively efficient.
Two engine options are available on the Blazer, the SUV’s standard model was designed with commuters in mind and features excellent fuel efficiency ratings and plenty of power at up to 193 hp. Meanwhile, the optional engine is a more powerful V6 engine which is capable of producing up to 308 hp. No matter which engine you choose, it’ll be paired with a smooth 9-speed automatic transmission. The new Blazer is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with AWD models offering additional selectable drive modes including a towing and hauling option and an off-road option, which improves the standard drive modes of the FWD model. The Blazer feels athletic and agile when it comes to handling, but also offer additional upgrades to further enhance these qualities including large wheels, and the sport-focused RS trim level. The 2019 Blazer is also capable of towing up to 4,500 LBS, which makes it a fairly capable vehicle in the midsize class. With all of these features combined, the Blazer is a versatile vehicle that is suitable as a family vehicle, weekend adventurer, or daily commuter.
The 2019 Ford Edge also offers two engines, including a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine and a 2.7L V6 engine. These engines produce very similar performance stats to the 2019 Chevy Blazer, including nearly identical fuel efficiency ratings and horsepower specs. Like the Blazer, the Edge is available in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive but has a different focus than the Blazer when it comes to handling. Instead of focusing on its athleticism the Edge focuses on its performance as a daily commuter. For this reason, the Edge offers a comfortable ride but lacks sportiness. This makes it a less versatile option in the midsize class, as many vehicles are able to offer both a sense of athleticism and enough comfort for commuting.
Like many Ford models, the 2019 Ford Edge offers very few standard features on its base model and low trim levels. However, the 2019 Chevy Blazer follows typical Chevy standards and offers a long list of premium features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The tech-savvy driver will certainly appreciated the 2019 Chevy Blazer over the 2019 Ford Edge.
The star of the Blazer’s cabin is an 8-inch touchscreen display featuring the sharp graphics and easy-to-use interface of the Chevrolet Infotainment 3 system. This interface also features a convenient short bar for ease of use and is praised by critics for its responsiveness. This feature is standard on the base model of the Blazer, paired with additional premium entertainment systems like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and plenty of USB ports. The Blaze also offers a variety of available entertainment features including wireless charging, navigation, a WiFi hotspot, and a Bose sound system. The new Blazer spared no expense in creating its debut entertainment suite, and it shows. Whether you opt for the base model options or choose to upgrade, you’ll enjoy some of the latest and most advanced technology on the market.
Ford is known for skimping on standard features on its base models, and the 2019 Ford Edge is no different. A few nice features are included as standard like Bluetooth, satellite radio, and a WiFi hotspot. However, the Edge lacks Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a standard feature and offers only one USB port compared to the Blazer’s four USB ports. However, the Edge does offer excellent available entertainment features including HD radio, an 8-inch touchscreen display, navigation, and multiple sound systems to choose from. Many of these upgrades are necessary for the tech-savvy driver but can quickly become expensive given the Edge’s higher MSRP and costly packages and trim levels. Drivers prioritizing entertainment features in their next vehicle will be better suited elsewhere.
Both the 2019 Chevy Blazer and 2019 Ford Edge offer a nice selection of standard and available safety features. No matter which vehicle you choose, you can feel confident that everyone onboard will be kept as safe as possible.
On the base model of the 2019 Chevy Blazer, drivers will find a standard rearview camera and a rear-seat reminder. For more advanced driver assist features driver can choose from an extensive list of available features, these include nearly every modern feature imaginable like blind spot monitoring, rear parking sensors, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, a following distance indicator, pedestrian detection, and much more. Upgrading to these features is made easy thanks to Chevy’s varying trim levels and available packages. The second trim level of the Blazer begins to offer advanced driver assist features, and higher trim levels pack on options with each upgrade. The top trim level is the Premier model, which will allow you to enjoy all of the driver assist features available on the vehicle.
The 2019 Ford Edge also offers a great selection of standard and available safety technology. Thanks to Ford’s new CoPilot 360 suite, the base model of the Edge offers a long list of driver assist features including a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and automatic high beams. Additional features are also available for upgrade, including adaptive headlights, parallel park assist, and front and rear parking sensors. The 2019 Ford Edge also performed well during safety testing with the NHTSA and IIHS but did earn a less than perfect score when it came to the rollover test. Overall, both the 2019 Chevy Blazer and 2019 Ford Edge will keep you and your passengers safe, but the Blazer is the more affordable option.