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2021 Venza vs. Edge Comparison

Built to combine comfort and utility, SUVs provide the space we want with the performance we need.

The Toyota Venza and Ford Edge live up to these qualities, but the perfect combination didn't arrive overnight. Going above and beyond, the newest 2021 Venza was revamped to add a unique hybrid-only option to Toyota SUV offerings. As a hybrid-only SUV, the 2021 Venza has higher EPA-estimated ratings than the 2021 Ford Edge which doesn't offer a hybrid engine. It was introduced just in 2019 so not many changes were made for 2021 aside from minor adjustments to interior aesthetic and inclusion of Ford SYNC® 4A. While Ford has not fully released all specifications for the 2021 Edge, they have released enough official information to do a thorough comparison against the 2021 Venza.

Looking at the 2021 Edge next to the specifications for the 2021 Venza, you'll notice some key differences. The 2021 Venza comes standard with more connectivity options including Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The 2021 Edge currently only offers Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility but Amazon Alexa compatibility is not available on any grade.

The 2021 Edge includes Ford Co-Pilot360™ standard as it did in 2020 with some available options to upgrade to Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist+™. Although Toyota and Ford have similar active safety offerings, the 2021 Venza takes it up a notch with Safety Connect® that adds peace of mind features like a Stolen Vehicle Locator. The 2021 Ford Edge does not have a comparable feature aside from the current offering of the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System, and MyKey®.

Let's look at how the 2021 Venza and Edge compare in terms of standard performance, interior options, and safety features.

Published Date: 03/10/2021

2021 Venza driving fast through the city

Performance

  • The Venza's hybrid engine provides drivers with higher EPA-estimated MPG ratings compared to a typical SUV like the Ford Edge.
  • With standard AWD no matter the grade, feel in control in the 2021 Toyota Venza.
  • You also get multiple driving mode options with the Venza.

Make the most out of your trip in the Toyota Venza with fuel economy ratings that can't be matched by the 2021 Ford Edge.

Hybrid Performance

As a hybrid-only SUV, the 2021 Venza has higher EPA-estimated ratings than the 2021 Ford Edge which doesn't offer a hybrid engine. The 2021 Venza has an EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating. Comparatively, the base-model 2021 Edge SE FWD has an EPA-estimated 21/29/24 (city/highway/combined) MPG.

Not only does the Venza have better EPA-estimated MPG ratings, it also has the capability features you need to enhance your drive no matter where you travel. For a starting MSRP of $32,470, you can enjoy standard AWD in the Venza LE, or any Venza for that matter. To get AWD on the 2021 Ford Edge SE you would have to choose the optional Intelligent All-Wheel-Drive for a starting MSRP of $34,885. The starting MSRP for the 2021 Edge SE FWD is $31,250.

Working hand-in-hand with the AWD drivetrain, the Venza also has a number of driving modes to choose from depending on where you're going and the conditions on the road. You can select Sport, ECO, Normal, and EV Modes in the 2021 Venza, while the official Ford site does not mention available drive modes for the 2021 Ford Edge.

Interior of 2021 Venza

Interior

  • Play music, add to your shopping list, and more with standard Amazon Alexa compatibility that only comes with the 2021 Venza.
  • Enjoy the convenience the Venza brings you with standard Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging.
  • For added luxury, the Venza Limited has a standard heated leather-wrapped steering wheel and Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation.

When it comes to interior features, don't settle for less. Make your life easier and your drive more comfortable with the 2021 Venza.

Tech Touches

Stay connected and listen to your favorite music with Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, and Amazon Alexa compatibility standard with the 2021 Venza. Plus, you get a 3-month All Access trial subscription to SiriusXM®. The 2021 Ford Edge includes the new SYNC® 4A package standard. This package includes a faster processor and Enhanced Voice Recognition but will stick to offering only Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibility. It does not include Amazon Alexa compatibility.

Another standard for the 2021 Venza is the included Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging. The comparable Ford Wireless Charging Pad is not available on the current 2021 base model Edge SE and is only an option starting on the SEL for an additional $935. It does come standard starting on the 2021 Edge ST-Line and higher.

For added comfort and style, the Venza Limited comes standard with a heated leather-trimmed power tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel for a starting MSRP of $39,800. This feature is also available on the XLE for an additional $510 on top of the starting MSRP of $36,000. A leather-wrapped heated steering wheel feature is an available upgrade on the 2021 Edge ST-Line for $350.

Again, the Venza Limited's standard features encompass more than the 2021 Ford Edge with the Venza’s Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation audio package. The higher-end 2021 Edge ST can be upgraded to include in-dash navigation if you choose the Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+ Package for $795.

VIew of a car in the blind spot of the Venza side mirror

Safety

  • The 2021 Venza's safety package includes more active safety features on the base model than the 2021 Edge.
  • Both the Venza and Edge have standard Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA).
  • For help in emergency situations, the 2021 Venza also has Safety Connect®.

Toyota's active safety features help to keep drivers safe on the road.

Standard Safety Features

The 2021 Venza has Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) standard across all models. This suite of active safety features includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Automatic High Beams (AHB), Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Road Sign Assist (RSA). The Venza LE also has Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) standard.

The 2021 Ford Edge includes Ford Co-Pilot360™ standard. This package includes Auto High-Beam Headlamps, BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, and Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking. For Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go will need Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist+™ which is an optional package on the 2021 SEL and higher. The Ford official site does not list a similar feature to Toyota's Road Sign Assist in any Ford Co-Pilot360™ package.

Feel extra protected in the 2021 Venza with a one-year trial subscription of Safety Connect®. You get additional Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance, and Automatic Collision Notification. The 2021 Edge will include the SOS Post-Crash Alert System™, SecuriLock® Passive Anti-Theft System, and MyKey® but does not list a similar feature to Toyota's Safety Connect® on the official Ford site.

2021 Venza parked outside a modern building

Conclusion: Venza vs. Edge

  • The 2021 Toyota Venza's hybrid engine has better fuel economy ratings than the Ford Edge's gas-only engine.
  • Get an upgraded infotainment center in the Venza Limited, starting at $39,800 MSRP.

If you want an SUV that has more for less, the 2021 Venza is the one for you.

You get better fuel economy with the Venza's hybrid engine which has an EPA-estimated 40/37/39 (city/highway/combined) MPG rating, while the 2021 Edge SE FWD has an EPA-estimated 21/29/24 (city/highway/combined).

You can also upgrade to a higher trim for less in the 2021 Venza. The Venza Limited includes a heated leather-trimmed power tilt/telescopic 3-spoke steering wheel and Premium Audio with Dynamic Navigation for a starting MSRP of $39,800. The comparable 2021 Edge ST-Line with AWD starts at an MSRP of $42,075.

Get excellent fuel economy and luxury in the 2021 Venza without the luxury price tag.