2012 Ford Edge vs. 2012 Honda Accord: Which One Should I Buy? | YourMechanic Advice

2012 Ford Edge vs. 2012 Honda Accord: Which One Should I Buy?

Comparing a small SUV or a crossover to a sedan or coupe doesn’t quite seem fair: while the crossover is likely to cost more, it will also have a different skill set than the car as well as a completely different footprint and background for the vehicle. This pairing is no different, as the Ford Edge is quite unsurprisingly more expensive by a fair margin – nearly $5,000 for the base model of each vehicle.

Both the people-moving crossover and the sleek coupe offer decent gas mileage, stylish options and responsive handling. The MyFord Touch screen is considered to remind people of an iPhone; meaning the interface is incredibly intuitive. The Ford’s five-seat niche as a crossover has provided an EcoBoost, friendly fuel option that allows it to get up to 30 mpg highway when activated.

Honda Accord 2012
2012 Honda Accord

Interior Room

The inside of the Ford Edge feels quite spacious, with extra headroom for adults in the rear seats. The additional sport trims that are available add a lot of extra cost but with very little additional benefit, so it’s best to stay away from them for that reason alone. The difficult backseat access for the Accord makes it tough to keep that one if you have small children. The first fifty times you want to drag them out, that’s fine – but your next statement may be “Don’t make me come out there!” so they’ll know you really mean it.

Economic Run Time

When you consider the overall cost of ownership of the Honda Accord, you’ll see that the attractive profile and the additional gas mileage make it even more attractive; especially consider you’ll have to shell out all that extra cash up front for the Ford Edge. The 32 mpg for the Accord on the highway and 23 mpg city really rack up against the 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway of the Ford crossover. Oddly, the fuel tank of the Honda Accord is larger than that of the Ford Edge by half a gallon, which is unexpected.

Driving Excitement

When you’re looking for pure fun and fancy, the Ford Edge is going to give you that SUV excitement with the higher seat, quicker pick-me-up on the acceleration, but it does provide a longer turning radius so you’ll have a little more trouble maneuvering it into parking spots.

When you’re deciding between these two vehicles, keep the gas mileage and higher potential rollover rating on the Ford Edge in mind.


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