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2019 Chevrolet Blazer vs. 2019 Ford Edge

John Coyle | May 22, 2019

In this corner, we have the 2019 Chevy Blazer. After being phased out in 2005, it returns to Chevy's lineup as an aggressively styled, mid-size crossover. It's all new for 2019.

Next, we have the 2019 Ford Edge. The popular crossover has been refreshed for the 2019 model year, and now offers a high-performance ST model. 

The Chevy-Ford rivalry is the Hatfield-McCoy feud of the automotive world. So let's compare engines, interiors, standard features, and pricing.


Powertrains

First, let’s look at the powertrains. Chevy offers a choice of two engines for the Blazer, a 193-horsepower four cylinder, and a 308-horsepower V6. Both are mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available, though it requires opting for the six-cylinder. In front-wheel drive spec, the Blazer comes in at 22 mpg city, 27 highway, while front-wheel drive V6 models score 20 city, 26 highway, and all-wheel versions deliver 18 city, 25 highway. The most powerful Blazers can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

Ford also offers two engines for the Edge, and both front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions are available. Most models feature a 250-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder, which comes in at 22 city and 29 highway in front-wheel drive spec, and 21 city, 28 highway when sending power to all four wheels. At the top of the lineup is the ST trim, which comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, and standard all-wheel drive. It delivers 19 city, and 26 highway. All models come with an eight-speed automatic, and when properly configured, the Edge can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

While the Chevy offers greater towing capacity, we also like the fuel economy Ford achieves with its all-wheel drive models, so we’re going to call this a draw.

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Cabin Interiors

Now, let’s look inside the cabin. Chevy wanted to make a statement with the styling of the new Blazer, and the aggressive exterior elements carry over into the interior. Notably, the sharp angles surrounding the gauge cluster and infotainment screen, along with the prominent circular air vents, are similar to the Camaro. These touches gives the cockpit a sporty vibe, and there’s also lots of interior storage. That said, cargo space is more modest, with 30 cubic-feet available with the seats up, and 64 feet with the rear seats folded.

While Ford does offer a high-performance version of the Edge, across the range, the cabin styling is more restrained than the Chevy’s. Cargo space is superior, however, as the Ford will accommodate 39 feet of gear with the seats up, and 73 feet with them folded. Cloth interior is standard for both models, thought it should be noted that dual-zone climate control is standard on the Chevy, and optional on the Ford.

While it can’t carry as much cargo as the Ford, we like the sporty feel of the Chevy’s cabin, so it takes the win here.

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Infotainment Systems

Today’s tech-focused landscape has made infotainment a key factor in purchases, so both the Blazer and the Edge come with attractive levels of tech. Both feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard equipment, and each system is intuitive, so they’re easy to use right from the get-go. The Chevy has four USB ports as opposed to the Ford’s four, but the Edge also includes a WiFi hotspot, while it’s an option on the Chevy. From a design standpoint, we do think the Chevy’s has a sharper, more modern feel however, so even if the functionality is comparable, it looks better when performing tasks.

This is another tough call, and just like some users prefer Apple to Android, which system is superior will come down to personal preference, so we’re going to call this a draw.

Since the Chevy Blazer is an all-new model, it hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so there’s no rating to report. But that said, it’s worth noting that the standard Edge comes with Co-Pilot360, a package high tech systems like lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and pre-collision braking. And while those features are available on the Blazer, they come at an additional cost.

So while the Chevy might well best the Ford’s four-star crash rating, the inclusion of those features as standard equipment gives the Edge the win here.

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Safety

Since the Chevy Blazer is an all-new model, it hasn’t been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, so there’s no rating to report. But that said, it’s worth noting that the standard Edge comes with Co-Pilot360, a package high tech systems like lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, and pre-collision braking. And while those features are available on the Blazer, they come at an additional cost.

So while the Chevy might well best the Ford’s four-star crash rating, the inclusion of those features as standard equipment gives the Edge the win here.

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Value and Price

Now, it’s time to talk price.

The Chevy Blazer starts at $28,800, and comes with front-wheel drive and the base four cylinder. For $32,300, you can jump to the 2.5L Cloth trim, which includes goodies like a power-adjustable driver seat and satellite radio, and also allows you to opt for the significantly more powerful V6, as a $1000 dollar option. If you’re looking for all-wheel drive, the price will rise to $37,195, and adding creature comforts like heated leather seats will require an upgrade to the 3.6L trim, which also includes safety tech like rear-cross traffic alert and rear parking assist, and starts at $38,695. With all-wheel drive, the top- of-the line Premier trim will set you back $46,795.

In comparison, the Edge SE starts at $29,995, with the 250-horsepower four cylinder, and for $33,090, you can upgrade to the SEL trim, which will add power front seats, rear parking sensors, and a leather wrapped steering wheel. All-wheel drive is available across the Edge lineup as a $1,995 dollar option, but if you’re looking to get the most powerful engine, the Edge ST is your only option, and it comes in at $42,355, though goodies like heated and cooled front seats, a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, come at a $5,585 premium. The range-topping Titanium trim with most options will come in at $42,700, but it’s not available with the V6.

So both the Chevy and Ford offer a wide-variety of upgrades and packages. But in running through the choices, we think the Blazer 3.6L trim offers the best bang for the buck, as it offers a powerful engine, loads of creature comforts, and all-wheel drive at a great price.

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Verdict

It's another close contest, but we're going to give the overall win to the Chevy. We like that the powerful engine is available on lower trim levels, and think more modern architecture delivers better driving dynamics than all but the top-spec Edge ST.

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