2017 Ford Edge vs Nissan Rogue

Thanks to its partnership with the Star Wars film of the same name, the 2017 Rogue has become Nissan's bestseller. How does the Ford Edge, another popular midsize SUV, compare to this galactic conqueror? And which handles like a real starship? Before you hit the dealership, check out our comparison guide. We'll help you decide which midsize SUV is right for you.

2017 Ford Edge vs Nissan Rogue

INTERIOR COMFORT & STYLE: Ford Edge

The 2017 Ford Edge is a spacious two-row SUV that seats five. The classy cabin is filled with soft-touch materials and sports a clutter-free layout that's easy on the eyes. The Edge offers more passenger room than most in its class, partly because it chooses to seat only five and not add a third row option. The seats are comfortable, which offers a smooth ride even on rough roads. You'll find 20 percent more cargo space in the Edge than in the Rogue, plus the back seat folds down to almost double that capacity.

The 2017 Nissan Rogue also seats five, but has the option to add a third row to boost that number to seven passengers. However, only kids will want to sit in the back because taller adults will feel cramped. Still, the cabin of the Rogue has an upscale look with classy finishes.

TECHNOLOGY: Ford Edge

Both SUVs have plenty of tech features, but those in the Ford Edge outshine those of the Nissan Rogue. In the Edge, the standard tech includes a motion-activated power tailgate for when you have an armful of groceries. You'll also get Bluetooth, a USB port for charging or connectivity, four 12-volt charging ports, a proximity key, rearview camera, MyKey system (which allows parents to customize the speed of other drivers), and the versatile Apple CarPlay/Android Auto feature to optimize connectivity. You can also spring for additional features like a rear seat entertainment system for the kids, an auto parking system, or the SYNC 3 infotainment system.

The Rogue is similarly equipped, with the base model including a motion-activated rear liftgate, 7-inch infotainment screen, digital display, and more. Unfortunately, the slow-to-respond NissanConnect will keep you distracted from where your attention should be. And while there are physical knobs and buttons, many drivers found the console layout confusing.

PERFORMANCE: Nissan Rogue

The Ford Edge does well for its class in terms of fuel economy, getting 17/26 miles per gallon. It also boasts some of the best acceleration and performance in its class.

The Nissan Rogue fares better at the pump, getting 26/33 miles per gallon. However, some critics suggest that its steering is wobbly, braking is slow to respond, and the Rogue is noisy while accelerating. However, the difference here is sizable in terms of fuel economy, which gives the Rogue the nod here.

SAFETY: Ford Edge

Ford has the frame and features to keep your family safe. The 2017 Ford Edge earned a perfect five-star overall rating score in crash tests. Every Edge comes with an automatic emergency braking system. Optional features include forward-facing camera, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision and lane-keeping warning systems, and inflatable rear safety belts.

The Nissan Rogue lags behind with only four-star safety rating. Its front passenger side test was particularly low for its class. It has a few good safety options like intelligent cruise control and automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

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Though the Nissan Rogue beats the Edge in fuel economy, its lower safety rating, sluggish handling, and lackluster infotainment system should give buyers pause. Larger families might be tempted by its third row of seating, but that means less room for all. No, in this head-to-head comparison, we're going with the US News 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for Families: the Ford Edge.

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