Skip The Ford Edge For This Rival 2021 Toyota Venza

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 03/14/21 •  3 min read

The 2021 Toyota Venza has been revised with a new design and a new hybrid powertrain. One rival of the Venza is the Ford Edge. Both the vehicles are underrated crossover SUVs that can seat five. So let’s do a comparison of the 2021 Toyota Venza and the 2021 Ford Edge.

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2021 Toyota Venza vs. The Ford Edge

Engine and Performance

The 2021 Toyota Venza has just one powertrain option, pitting two electric motors with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine to obtain up to 219hp. In comparison, there are two engine options for the 2021 Ford Edge. The base offering is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo capable of 250hp. 

The Ford Edge ST offers a twin-turbo V6 as standard, which produces 335hp and has standard AWD. The 2021 Edge ST’s ride is firmer than the Toyota Venza’s due to the sports suspension, but the Edge has a better acceleration.

2021 Toyota Venza vs the Ford Edge: Interior

The two SUVs compare well here. The 2021 Venza offers either fabric or synthetic leather upholstery. The Toyota Venza also sports some cutting-edge technology, including the available StarGaze panoramic sunroof. The Venza comes with a “Frosted” mode that filters out direct sunlight while still illuminating the cabin. Move up the trims, and you can get a 12-inch touchscreen in the center.

The high seating position in the 2021 Edge provides drivers with a good visibility, while the thick roof pillars try to ruin it. The Ford Edge compares well to the Toyota Venza, coming standard with many safety features. The base model offers wireless smartphone integration, Wi-Fi hotspot capability, voice recognition, and a 12-inch touchscreen. The Edge includes sports seats for some extra comfort.

Passenger and Cargo Space
2021 Toyota Venza vs. The Ford Edge
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The 2021 Venza and the 2021 Edge allow all adults to sit comfortably. The cargo’s a bit limited for the Venza, with only 28.8 cubic feet expanding to 55.5 cubic feet with the rear seats folded. These values are 39.2 and 73.4 cubes respectively in the 2021 Edge. 

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Safety and Fuel Economy 

Both the Venza and the Edge have 5-star NTHSA ratings. All 2021 Toyota Venzas have standard lane-keeping assistance, forward collision warning with low-light pedestrian detection, and full-speed range adaptive cruise control. The 2021 Ford Edge offers standard automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring.

The 2021 Toyota Venza boasts a much more impressive fuel economy in comparison to the Ford Edge. Toyota claims it gets 39 mpg (40 city/37 highway). The EPA rates the Edge’s base engine for up to 24mpg combined, and the twin-turbo gets 21mpg combined. 

Price and Warranty

The 2021 Venza starts at $33,645, and the starting price can go up to $40,975. The 2021 Edge begins its pricing at $32,495, and it can go above $40k for the highest trim.

Both the crossover SUVs have similar warranties; a Limited warranty covering 3 years or 36,000 miles, and a Powertrain warranty covering 5 years or 60,000 miles. The Venza also offers a Hybrid-component warranty covering 8 years or 100,000 miles, and complimentary maintenance for 2 years or 25,000 miles.

Verdict

The 2021 Toyota Venza wins this comparison. The Ford Edge performs better, has more cargo space, and a better interior. But the Venza beats its better gas mileage. The 2021 Venza is also priced more reasonably, has a better warranty, and it has a better resale value. It’s shaped better and provides better visibility. 

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.