For those near Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland, the 2020 Ford Edge and 2020 Ford Explorer have long been admirable SUV options. Both models exhibit tremendous power, while also offering roomy cabins for passengers and their various belongings. There are still differences between the two, however, and these differences are the topic of our Ford Edge vs. Explorer comparison.

The main separator is that the Explorer has a third row and the Edge does not. The Ford Explorer is also the larger vehicle.

Courtesy of your friends at Richmond Ford Lincoln, we'll be laying out other dividers between these attractive SUVs!

Ford Edge vs Explorer Size

If you're looking at SUVs like the Ford Edge and Ford Explorer, passenger room at every level is likely important. Both models have spacious interiors, yet the Explorer has the additional third row and is the larger SUV.

The Ford Explorer boasts 43 inches of front legroom-perfect for passengers and drivers to relax on long road trips. Middle passengers enjoy 39 inches of legroom, while rear passengers are able to enjoy 32.2 inches of legroom.

While only having two rows, the interior of the 2020 Ford Edge is quite roomy. The front row offers 42.6 inches of legroom while the second row provides 40.6 inches.

Both SUVs also have a tall roof. The Edge offers 40.2 inches of front headroom and 40.3 inches of rear headroom. Inside the Explorer, headroom is slightly more abundant at 40.7 inches, 40.5 inches, and 38.9 inches in the first, second, and third rows, respectively.

Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer Cargo Space

Once you've gotten everyone seated in the Edge or Explorer, you can load up each passenger's cargo. Both models have generous capacities to do so.

For the Explorer, you can utilize 18.2 cubic feet with both the second and third rows in use. If you fold the third row flat, the number grows to 47.9 cubic feet. The maximum capacity is a generous 87.8 cubic feet.

Likewise, cargo room is a strength of the Edge. The maximum capacity measures at 73.4 cubic feet, yet you can have passengers in the second row and still enjoy 39.2 cubic feet of space.

Performance Specifications

Crafting your SUV's performance to meet your expectations is easy, especially since the 2020 Ford Edge and 2020 Ford Explorer each come with multiple engines.

For the Explorer, there are three motors you can select from:

  • 2.3L 4-cylinder
  • 3.0L V6
  • 3.3L Hybrid

The most power comes from the 3.0L V6, which generates 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque when you opt for the performance-specific ST trim.

For the Edge, there's a 2.0L 4-cylinder making 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque and a 2.7L V6 making 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.

2020 Edge vs 2020 Explorer: Verdict

There are reasons to admire both the 2020 Ford Edge and 2020 Ford Explorer, so it really comes down to preference for those near Richmond, Mechanicsville, and Ashland.

What's the easiest way to pick your favorite? A test drive, of course! So, reach out to your friends at Richmond Ford Lincoln to get behind the wheel today!


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