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When it comes to the never-ending comparison and rivalry between automotive titans Ford and Chevrolet, the only other competition that seems to be more ingrained in popular culture is the dispute between Coke and Pepsi. Much like the cola wars that have been ongoing for well over a century, the winners are decided within the court of public opinion. And like the discussion of art, motion pictures, and music, it's a matter of subjection and personal taste. Today, we break from the subjective in hopes of being completely objective as we evaluate the 2022 Chevy Blazer vs 2022 Ford Edge. With the SUV market being one of the hottest and most competitive in the automotive industry, every manufacturer is striving to produce the perfect product for consumers. Just like the cola wars, we're going to attempt to determine a definitive winner in this contest. It's the 2022 Chevy Blazer and the 2022 Ford Edge. Only one can triumph, so let us begin.
When examining any vehicle on the market and its competition, it's important to reflect upon who the vehicle is made for. When it comes to making an objective evaluation of SUVs from two rival manufacturers, we must remind ourselves just who utilizes the vehicle in question. The SUV has usurped both the minivan and the station wagon as the ideal family vehicle. So, naturally, any examination requires the ability to look at both offerings and see what benefits they offer consumers in a world that's incredibly unpredictable.
To this end, both the Blazer and Edge offer different power and drive trains that are suited to a range of drivers. However, the Blazer comes with available FWD and AWD, while the Edge has dropped FWD from the lineup, reducing the number of options available. Both vehicles offer two distinctive engine choices depending upon personal preference. For the introductory powertrain, Ford equips the Edge with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder option, and Chevy equips the Blazer with its own 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder
Despite both engines seeming like mirror images of one another, there's quite a noticeable difference in how efficient the two vehicles are. While the combined MPG is neck-and-neck, Chevy manages to outscore Ford with a rating of up to 25 MPG compared to Ford's 23 MPG. According to an estimation made by the EPA, the Blazer will travel much further than the Edge will in between fill-ups. Specifically, 585 miles compared to the 426-mile range of the Edge.
For those who want or need more underneath the hood, both Ford and Chevy have V6 options available, both of which offer distinct advantages. The turbocharged 2.7L V6 that Ford makes available for the Edge is certainly not lacking. However, the Blazer's 3.6L V6 once again outclasses Ford's offering in terms of fuel economy. The Chevy V6 gets up to 22 MPG combined, while the Ford V6 gets 21 MPG combined. The Blazer also makes the most of distance, with its range of 427 miles on a full tank overshadowing the 388 miles that the Edge is capable of. Chevy wins the contest with better fuel consumption and performance that still satisfies the needs of the many.
Chances are that if you're purchasing an SUV, then you have some people or objects to cart around with you from time to time. For this reason, the interior of the ideal SUV must be spacious, comfortable, and above all, accommodating. Both Ford and Chevy have proven themselves to be adept at all of these attributes through the various models they've manufactured over the years, and the Blazer and Edge are no different in the features they provide consumers from the moment they sit behind the wheel.
Describing the interior of the Ford Edge presents itself as somewhat of a challenge. That's not to say it's lacking in advantages and versatility; far from it. Like many vehicles, the centerpiece that anchors the interior of the vehicle is the infotainment center. While this is impressive, as is the standard Wi-Fi hot spot, the interior ultimately suffers from a complete lack of aesthetic. While there's plenty of space, which even includes a storage capacity of up to 73 cubic feet, it lacks discernable style and appears cramped and uninviting. It's very basic, for the lack of a better term.
The Chevy Blazer, on the other hand, demonstrates that a vehicle for the responsible adult doesn't need to be boring or bland and can even think outside the box in terms of not being ordinary. Modeling the Blazer's interior after the celebrated and revered Camaro, Chevy understands the intricacy and importance of aesthetics, as the stylish interior goes hand in hand with the sporty and refined exterior design. This is nowhere more evident than the 8" infotainment screen, which anchors the interior, sitting above a leather-wrapped gear shifter that completes the illusion that you're in the cockpit of a racer and not a family-oriented vehicle. While the Chevy touchscreen is slightly smaller than what Ford offers, the Blazer has more advanced tech features, including standard Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Blazer also shines in the field of versatility, which is provided by a 4,500-pound towing capacity––a half-ton improvement over the 3,500-pound capacity of the Edge. Hook up a trailer and you'll have no problem taking it all with you. And with Chevy's Hitch Assist, you'll have some extra help just in case you're a novice with towing and not the trailering type. Because it breathes life into a vehicle that's all too common and has the willingness to be different, it's no contest that the Chevy Blazer upholds its long tradition of comfort and style.
For several years, both Chevy and Ford have attempted to outdo one another in terms of performance, reliability, and comfort. When it comes to safety, each manufacturer strives to provide consumers with the assurance and peace of mind that comes from knowing they're safe while on the road. Unlike other aspects of this comparison, safety is a different animal altogether. In order to provide a proper evaluation, we need to consult government-mandated testing that's completely objective in its execution and whose results are made public for anyone who wants to conduct a thorough examination based on them.
To illustrate how difficult this evaluation will be and how narrow the margin of victory is, we'll begin with the results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both the 2022 Ford Edge and the 2022 Chevy Blazer received a five-star overall safety rating, which is the highest accolade available. The Ford Edge received high rankings across the board, with the only area not receiving a solid five-star rating being the rollover test, which still received four stars. These ratings were shared by the Chevy Blazer as well, again showing how narrow the gap is between the two vehicles and their respective advantages.
Active safety feature testing completed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) also reflected highly of both vehicles, with favorable scores in several areas. Both the Edge and Blazer scored well in the category of front crash prevention. In both vehicle-to-vehicle crash prevention testing, both vehicles received a top Superior rating, speaking to both manufacturers' tireless efforts in providing safe vehicles.
However, beyond the results from mandated testing, Chevy proves itself adept at offering more. For instance, standard on the Blazer is Teen Driver, a revolutionary program that allows parents to keep an eye on the next generation of drivers and enforce the habits of safe driving. It's small details like this that speak to Chevy's dedication to safety and a higher level of quality.