When you’re ready for a brand new crossover, both the 2020 Ford Edge and Buick Encore have plenty to offer. But you’ve only got one spot open in your driveway, so which should you choose? Our comparison guide takes a close look at each model. At Keystone Ford, we’ll help you select the crossover that hits every high note.
Comfy, Tech-Savvy Cabin: 2020 Ford Edge
As far as tech features go, both the 2020 Ford Edge and the Buick Encore are very enticing. These crossovers come standard with everything you need for hands-free infotainment access, from Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone connectivity to Wi-Fi hotspots.
However, when it comes to everyday comfort, the Edge takes a definitive lead. Ford’s small crossover is the right choice for those who want a spacious cabin plus a roomy, 39.2-cubic-foot cargo hold. As a subcompact crossover, the Buick Encore’s seating isn’t quite as generous, especially in the rear seats, where legroom is tight. Behind those rear seats, the Encore offers 18.8 cubes of cargo space – forcing passengers to pack substantially less for weekend getaways.
Most in Standard Safety: 2020 Ford Edge
The 2020 Edge comes standard with a likable array of safety features. Items like blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking keep you on your toes. Perhaps more importantly, Ford’s high-tech safety systems do a good job of alerting you to danger without overdoing it.
On the Encore, you can add a similar array of safety aids. However, they are optional equipment and they’re only available on the top-trim Encore Essence model. Therefore, the Edge offers more safety at a lower price.
Fuel Economy: 2020 Buick Encore
When it comes to at-the-pump-spending, the Encore earns a win. With front-wheel drive, Buick’s subcompact crossover is EPA-rated for 27 mpg combined (25 city/30 highway mpg). Add all-wheel drive – performance gear that helps you keep a grip on Pennsylvania’s slippery winter roads – and those figures drop slightly, to 26 mpg combined (24/29 mpg).
As the bigger, more powerful crossover, the Edge isn’t quite as thrifty as the Encore. However, the Edge’s balance of power and fuel economy is commendable. In its thriftiest form, the Edge earns up to 24 mpg combined (21/29 mpg).
Sporty Power & Performance: 2020 Ford Edge
With its two sporty engine options and performance gear, the Edge is the right choice for driving enthusiasts. It’s also the best bet for anyone with big toys that need towing; the Edge can tow max loads of up to 3,500 pounds. Shoppers can even choose a sporty model, the Edge ST, which swings into action with its sport-tuned suspension and turbocharged V6.
The 2020 Buick Encore only offers one engine, a turbocharged four-cylinder. While the Encore will get you going, it’s simply not as quick as the Edge. Buick’s crossover might not be able to tow your boat, either, because tow ratings max out at 1,000 pounds. And if you’re looking for a sportier trim model, you won’t find an Encore with sport-tuned suspension.
The 2020 Buick Encore is certainly a comfy, tech-savvy little cruiser. However, the 2020 Ford Edge gives you a lot more – especially in terms of modern safety and sporty performance. If you’re shopping for a new crossover in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, visit us at Keystone Ford. We’ll help you pick out the best Ford Edge for your family.