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If you’re a family on the go in Poughkeepsie, you’re probably considering a crossover to help haul your family (and all of their belongings) all over town. There are many options to choose from as this is one of the largest, and fastest growing, segments on the market but below we’ll compare two of the most popular options: the 2018 Ford Edge and the 2018 Toyota RAV4.


Comfort & Convenience

Ford Edge

Both the 2018 Ford Edge and the 2018 Toyota RAV4 are five-passenger crossovers, but the Edge is larger, giving passengers more room. The Edge is significantly wider than the RAV4, but it is also a touch longer. You’ll be able to fit plenty of groceries or sports bags in the Edge as it offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room behind the back seats but if you fold down those seats, it jumps to 73.4 cubic feet.


Of course, Ford’s Sync infotainment system comes standard with a 4.2-inch screen. You have the option to upgrade to Sync 3 which bumps you up to an 8-inch touchscreen display and gives you another USB port. Other upgrades that are available with the Edge are a self-parking system, adaptive cruise control, dual-screen rear entertainment system, and a hands-free motion-activated liftgate.


Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 also has room for five passengers, and while those who sit in the front will have ample legroom, those who sit in the back will find their legroom more limited. If you’re planning on transporting more substantial items, or multiple suitcases, you’ll be quite pleased with the cargo space in the RAV4. However, cubby and bin storage inside the RAV4 is disappointing.


If tech is something that’s important to you in your vehicle, the RAV4 might not be the best fit for you. Quite simply, the infotainment system is lacking and doesn’t offer the number of features or responsiveness of other compact crossovers. There is an optional upgrade to a premium audio system, but it’s quite costly. 



Ford Edge

The Ford Edge doesn’t disappoint when it comes to safety ratings. The 2018 Ford Edge received top scores and an overall safety rating of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). There are additional safety upgrades that you can opt for that include, adaptive cruise control and forward collision with brake support, lane keep assist, a front 180-degree camera, blind-spot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and active park assist with side parking sensors.


Toyota RAV4

The 2018 Toyota RAV4 was named a 2018 Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and NHTSA gives it five stars overall, with only four stars in both frontal-crash and rollover testing.


There’s no doubt; this is the most impressive Edge that Ford has put out to date. If it sounds like the right vehicle for you, give us a call at Friendly Ford to schedule a test drive to find your new Edge!



Ford Edge

Starting at $23,495


Toyota Rav-4

Starting at $23,570

Categories: Comparison