We compare two outstanding $50K midsized crossovers and explain why they are so unusual.
Two-row crossovers the size and shape of the RAV4 and Honda CR-V now sell better than any other non-truck vehicle style in America. They suit many needs, make great family vehicles, and because the volume is so massive, they all pack great value for the dollar. However, some shoppers looking for a two-row crossover want more. More performance, more passenger space, more towing capability, and to put it bluntly, more excitement. We’ve recently tested a pair of crossovers that fit the bill. The 2019 Ford Edge ST and Chevrolet Blazer RS. Those suffixes matter in this case. These are the sporty trims of two great crossovers and our opinions here are limited to just those trims. Here’s why we were so impressed by these two.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer RS- Drivetrains, Fuel Economy, & Performance
Ford and Chevy took slightly different paths to success in terms of drivetrains, but they both have one thing in common – six cylinders. None of the crossovers in the RAV4 and CR-V corral offer six cylinders anymore. All get by with a four-banger. Some have turbos, notably the CR-V and Mazda CX-5. As good as those engines are they just don’t compare to the punch provided by the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 in the Ford Edge. Ford’s 2.7T is a sledgehammer wrapped in velvet. It has massive torque at just off idle. 380 lb-ft of it and it all runs through an 8-speed auto that never hunts for gears. Car and Driver recorded a sub-six-second 0-60 MPH time in the Edge ST. In a vehicle this size, that feels very fast on public roads.
The Chevy Blazer uses an older formula. 3.7-liters of displacement with no turbo, but gearing that pulls hard from a stop. The Blazer’s engine is used in a lot of GM vehicles and it works wonders in every one of them. Chevy uses a 9-speed auto, and like the Ford Edge ST, it is always in the right gear. Motor Trend put down a 6.1-second time to 60 in the Blazer RS. These two are virtual ties in a sprint, and either one will get you to the next stoplight in a flash.
Interestingly, both vehicles earn the same EPA Combined rating of 21 MPG and both sip regular fuel.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer RS – Handling & Comfort
Although both the Blazer RS and Edge ST handle very well in corners and on back-country roads, the Edge ST is a bit smoother over bumps and a bit quieter on the highway to our ear. Taste separates these two, not a specification sheet number. If you like a bit of a hard edge to your vehicle, the Blazer RS is the choice, if you prefer comfort, the Edge is your pick here.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer RS- Size
Size always matters in vehicles, but it can be deceiving. The Chevy Blazer is three inches longer and one inch wider than the Ford Edge. However, it has less interior passenger volume (107.8 cu ft vs. 113.9 cu ft) and less cargo space (64.2 cu ft behind the front seats vs. 73.4 cu ft for the Edge). Not by much, but when you are packing the crossover for a vacation, the extra space counts. The Edge offers an advantage here with zero penalties. It is a smidge smaller in a parking space but has a bit more room inside. The Blazer is two inches lower in total height. That helps with its looks.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer – Infotainment
How do you pick a winner when both vehicles have outstanding infotainment? We won’t. We will say that both offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and you can’t get that pairing in a Lexus RX, in an Acura RDX, or in a BMW X3. Better yet, both the Edge ST and Blazer RS have super-simple to operate controls. There is no frustrating mouse to fiddle with. The touch screens do all the work. The Edge ST has a cleaner look, but the Blazer is sharper and looks a bit more modern. We also liked the layout of the Blazer’s USB ports and its perfect wireless charging slot. Maybe we do have a favorite after all?
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer – Interiors & Features
The insides of both the Blazer RS and Edge ST feel special. Ford uses microfiber suede seating to augment its leather. Chevy’s perforated premium leather is also very attractive and both vehicles have heated and cooled front seats. We didn’t see a heated steering wheel in the Edge ST and it is in the Blazer RS.
A more significant differentiator inside is Chevy’s conventional gear selector and Ford’s newer rotary knob. Ford’s design saves a bit of space, but Chevy’s is more intuitive, particularly for those who have only owned conventional gear selectors.
Both the Edge ST and Blazer RS have compact spare tires (we always check). We like that in any family vehicle and the BMW X3 and Acura RDX A-Spec will leave you calling for a tow truck if you damage a sidewall on a dirt road or city pothole.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer – Prices
The Ford Edge ST we tested this month was priced at $49,430. The Chevy Blazer RS was priced at $50,765. Both Ford and GM have a reputation for offering cash incentives to buyers and we’d call this one a wash. Both are likely to end up costing a shopper around $47K.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer RS – Towing
Towing matters to crossover owners and both GM and Ford always highlight their towing capabilities. The Blazer RS can tow 4,500 pounds and has a lot of cool gizmos to make the towing easier. Ford has its share of towing tools in the Edge ST, but has a 3,500-pound max rating.
Ford Edge ST vs. Chevy Blazer – Conclusion
Like any fair comparison of the Mustang GT and a Camaro SS, there is no “winner” and “loser” in our matchup. The Chevy Blazer RS has a bit of an advantage in towing, a dash we prefer, and a heated steering wheel. The Edge ST offers a bit more space, is smoother, seems quieter, and has a more impressive engine. So where do your priorities fall? Tell us in the comments wherever you find this comparison posted.