Ford Edge vs. Ford Explorer
Ford Edge
Ford Explorer
At a Glance: Edge vs. Explorer
Ford Edge

As your family evolves over time, so should your car. If you’re looking for a brand that has SUVs for every type of family and occasion, it’s no surprise you’re here at Friendly Ford. Ford is known for its powerful and stylish vehicles.

If you’re deciding between multiple SUVs for your drives around Geneva, Canandaigua, or Rochester, NY, then read on. Our team has put together this detailed comparison to show how the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer perform.



5 | 7
Edge vs Explorer


3,500 lbs. | 5,600 lbs.
Edge vs Explorer


12 in. | 10.1 in.
Edge vs Explorer
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Ford Edge

Are you looking for adventures like the ones at Lilac Adventure Zone, or maybe you have larger objects you want to tow as part of your travels. You’ll want to know the vehicle you choose can handle the work.

Drivers, Start Your Engines

Having adequate towing capacity from your vehicle starts with equipping a quality engine. The Ford Edge comes with two engine options:

  • 2.0L EcoBoost® turbocharged engine: 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque
  • 2.7L EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged V6 engine: 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque

The Ford Explorer offers three engine options:

  • 2.3L EcoBoost® engine: 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.0L EcoBoost® V6 engine: 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
  • 3.3L Hybrid engine: 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque

For the thrill seekers out there, both the Edge and the Explorer will deliver heart-thumping acceleration and dynamic drives. Can they also pull their weight when it comes to towing?

How Much Can Each SUV Tow?

When properly equipped, the Ford Edge can tow up to 3,500 pounds. On the other hand, the Ford Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds when properly equipped. You can tow these items with either SUV:

  • A couple jet skis
  • A lightweight travel trailer
  • A utility trailer with a few snowmobiles
  • A small fishing boat
  • A pop-up camper

With the Explorer, you can add a small hard-side RV and a small recreational boat to that list.







Ford Edge

Having technology as part of your travels can go a long way. As a driver, you can stay informed and have turn-by-turn directions to the Seneca Park Zoo, or maybe to Seneca Lake with your jet skis. Meanwhile, your passengers can be entertained.

Get in SYNC®

Ford is known for the SYNC® systems that provide connectivity in multiple models. The Ford Edge comes standard with the SYNC® 4A system, while the Ford Explorer has the SYNC 3® system. Both versions of SYNC® come with features such as:

  • Apple CarPlay®
  • Android Auto™
  • FordPass™ Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

These features ensure you can stream your favorite music, podcasts, and audiobooks while on the go.

Vast Views

Where these SUVs begin to differ is in their standard touchscreen sizes! The Ford Edge offers a 12-inch portrait-style touchscreen display. Plus, it uses voice recognition software and cloud-based connectivity to link you to the system and to society.

On the other hand, the Ford Explorer offers a 10.1-inch LCD capacitive touchscreen of the same orientation. With a capacitive touchscreen, you can pinch, swipe, scroll, and zoom on the screen just as you would on your smartphone! Although the Explorer’s screen is slightly smaller than the Edge’s, it’s still easy to see your information on the screen.




Ford Edge

Size is the main difference between these SUVs. Both the Edge and the Explorer are classed as midsize SUVs, but they offer different amounts of seating. With two rows, you’ll find seating capacity for five riders in the Ford Edge, while the 3-row Ford Explorer can hold up to seven.

Wiggle Room Included

Both models make the ride comfortable for all your passengers with these dimensions in the first two rows:


Ford Edge

Ford Explorer

Headroom (front/rear)

40.2 inches/40.3 inches

40.7 inches/40.5 inches

Legroom (front/rear)

42.6 inches/40.6 inches

43 inches/39 inches

Shoulder Room (front/rear)

60.3 inches/60.5 inches

61.8 inches/61.9 inches

The Ford Edge and the Explorer have more than 40 inches of headroom in both their first and second rows. In the third row of the Explorer, the headroom measures 38.9 inches.

Got Gear?

In addition to passenger space, both models offer impressive cargo dimensions. With all the seats upright, the Ford Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. You’ll find slightly less room in the Ford Explorer due to its third row. Behind this row, you’ll have 18.2 cubic feet.

While the Edge wins out in trunk space, the Explorer takes the win in maximum cargo capacity. With all rear seats folded, the Edge has 73.4 cubic feet of space to offer. On the other hand, the Explorer has 87.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo room.




Which Ford Is Right for You?
Ford Edge

Whether you’re looking for greater seating capacity or a larger touchscreen, both the Ford Edge and the Ford Explorer have features that will impress. If you want to try out any of the features from this 2023 Ford Edge vs. Explorer comparison, you can contact our team today at Friendly Ford.

We’re dedicated to helping drivers around Geneva, Canandaigua, and Rochester, NY, find the best car for their next adventure.

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new 2023 Ford Edge or Explorer for yourself are conveniently available right here online.

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