GMC Terrain Vs. Ford Edge: Small SUV Shootout

By Justin Cupler | March 5th, 2019

Small crossovers have become the vehicles of choice for the average family in the Fort Pierce, Florida area thanks to their ability to haul people and cargo. Two leaders in both areas are the 2019 GMC Terrain and 2019 Ford Edge. Picking between the two may be difficult, so we broke them down for you to find out which is best for you. Continue reading to find out which suits your family best.


Since taking over for the family sedan, compact crossovers have become quite stylish, and the 2019 Ford Edge and 2019 GMC Terrain are some of the newest in the class. The GMC Terrain received a full redesign in 2017, bringing in a new, more angular look that finally brought this aging crossover into the here and now.

The 2019 Ford Edge went through its last redesign in 2015, but the current model received a sleek refresh that includes a sportier and more refined front and rear ends. This new look is great in all its lower trims, but it is especially suited for the range-topping, performance-oriented ST trim.

The 2019 GMC Terrain’s body is 182.3 inches long, 72.4 inches wide, and 65.4 inches high. Its wheelbase checks in at 107.3-inch wheelbase, and it weighs 3,449 to 3,815 pounds. The 2019 Ford Edge is larger at 188.8 inches long, 75.9 inches wide, and 68.3 inches high. Its wheelbase is 112.2 inches long, and the Edge’s curb weight checks in at 3,959 to 4,477 pounds.

Advantage: 2019 GMC Terrain

  • Smaller footprint
  • Recent redesign

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • Sharp ST model


The 2019 Terrain and 2019 Edge have wide ranges of trims and features that go from simple to upscale, but neither gets near the luxury realm. Though the Ford Edge received a thorough exterior redesign, its interior is still dated with large plastic spaces and not a ton of soft-touch materials. The 2019 GMC Terrain is nowhere near luxurious, but its design and use of soft-touch materials make it feel more upscale and modern than the Edge.

Though it looks dated, the Ford Edge’s cabin has a decent amount of standard tech, including a SYNC infotainment system, SiriusXM, Wi-Fi, and more. The Terrain has all that and a little more with its standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Where the Edge comes back is its standard safety tech, including automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring.

Inside, the 2019 GMC Terrain’s front seats offer 40 inches of headroom, 40.9 inches of legroom, 57.2 inches of shoulder room, and 54.4 inches of hip room. The 2019 Edge’s front seats have more room with an extra 0.2 inches of headroom, 1.7 inches of legroom, 3.1 inches of shoulder room, and 1.5 inches of hip room.


In its rear seats, the 2019 Terrain offers 38.5 inches of headroom, 39.7 inches of legroom, 55.6 inches of shoulder room, and 51.8 inches of hip room. The 2019 Edge again offers more room with an extra 1.8 inches of headroom, 0.9 inches of legroom, 4.9 inches of shoulder room, and 5.7 inches of hip room.


Cargo room plays a big role in buying a crossover, and both the Ford Edge and GMC Terrain have plenty. The Terrain offers 29.6 cubic feet of cargo room behind second row, 63.6 cubic feet behind the first row, and 81 cubic feet with the front passenger seat folded. The Edge has a larger body and more interior room, so it also has more cargo space at 39.2 cubic feet behind second row and 73.4 cubic feet behind the first row. That said, the Edge lacks the flat-folding front passenger seat, so the Terrain has a slightly higher max cargo-hauling ability.

Advantage: 2019 GMC Terrain

  • More premium look and feel
  • Tons of high-end tech
  • Folding front passenger seat opens tons more cargo room

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • More passenger space
  • More cargo space behind the front seats
  • Tons of standard safety tech


Powering most of the 2019 GMC Terrain lineup is a standard 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 170 horsepower and 203 pound-feet of torque, but there is an available 2.0-liter turbocharged engine in the SLE and higher trims that produces 252 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. Both engines pair with a standard nine-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available as an option.


The SLE and SLT models also have an available 1.6-liter four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that produces 137 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.


The 2019 Ford Edge has a more powerful base engine with its standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. This engine mates with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is available.

The 2019 Ford Edge has an extra wrinkle of performance in its ST trim that comes with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive.


Towing is not overly important in these compact crossovers, but some buyers may need them to haul a small trailer. The 2019 Terrain can tow up to 1,500 pounds with the 1.5- and 1.6-liter engines. Bumping up to the 2.0-liter pushes the towing capacity to 3,500 pounds, which matches the Ford Edge’s max capacity.


Fuel economy can be a make-or-break part of buying a compact crossover, and the Terrain shows off some of its greatest assets in this area. With the 1.5-liter engine, the Terrain gets up to 26 mpg city, 30 highway, and 28 combined. With the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Terrain gets up to 22 mpg city, 28 highway, and 24 combined. Finally, with the 1.6-liter diesel engine, the Terrain checks in with an impressive 28 mpg city, 39 highway, and 32 combined.


The 2019 Edge with the 2.0-liter engine gets up to 22 mpg city, 29 highway, and 25 combined, giving it a slight edge over the Terrain with the 2.0-liter engine. The Ford Edge ST is all about performance, putting fuel economy second, at up to 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined.

Advantage: 2019 GMC Terrain

  • Thriftier base four-cylinder engine
  • Class-leading fuel economy with diesel engine

Advantage: 2019 Ford Edge

  • Performance-oriented ST model
  • Potent base four-pot

Pricing and Features

The 2019 GMC Terrain has six trim levels to choose from: SL, SLE, SLE Diesel, SLT, SLT Diesel, and Denali. Their starting prices range from $26,195 to $38,995.


The 2019 Ford Edge has four available trims — SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST — and their prices range from $29,995 to $42,355.

2019 GMC Terrain Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SL: $26,195

  • 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Hill-descent control
  • Automatic-stop/start
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Deep-tinted rear glass
  • Body-color door handles
  • Auto-on/off headlights
  • High-intensity-discharge headlights
  • C-shaped LED daytime running lights
  • LED signature lighting
  • Heated outside mirrors
  • 17-inch silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Two 12-volt power outlets
  • Power windows with express-up/down
  • Cruise control
  • Rearview camera
  • Keyless unlock
  • Keyless ignition
  • 3.5-inch monochromatic driver-information center
  • 7-inch GMC Infotainment System
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • One USB-A data port and one USB-C data port
  • Two rear USB charging ports
  • Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming
  • OnStar® & GMC Connected Services capable
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi
  • Front carpeted floor mats
  • Premium cloth seating
  • 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • Fold-flat front passenger seat
  • Power door locks
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Teen Driver


SLE: $29,295

  • All SL features, plus
  • 4.2-inch multi-color driver-information center
  • Compass
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Carpeted rear floor mats


SLE Diesel: $32,995

  • All SLE features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Power liftgate
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Auxiliary cabin heater
  • Remote ignition
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat


SLT: $32,095

  • All SLE features, plus
  • Roof-mounted side rails
  • Fog lights
  • Auto-dimming side-view mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • 18-inch machined aluminum wheels with dark-gray-painted accents
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • 8-inch GMC Infotainment System
  • SiriusXM
  • Two USB ports inside center console
  • Perforated-leather seating
  • Heated front seats
  • Eight-way power driver’s seat


SLT Diesel: $34,895

  • All SLT features, plus
  • 1.6-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Auxiliary cabin heater
  • Universal home remote
  • Six-way power passenger seat


Denali: $38,995

  • All SLT features, plus
  • 2.0-liter diesel engine
  • 19-inch Bright machined aluminum wheels with premium dark-gray-painted accents
  • Two-position driver’s seat and outside mirror memory
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Body-color door handles with chrome surround
  • LED headlights
  • Universal home remote
  • Wireless charging
  • Navigation
  • HD Radio
  • Bose premium seven-speaker audio system
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Lane-change alert
  • Blind-zone alert
  • Rear parking sensors
  • Safety-alert rear seat

Ford Edge Key Features and Pricing by Trim

SE: $29,995

  • 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Automatic-stop/start
  • Active grille shutters
  • 18-inch Sparkle-Silver-painted wheels
  • Hill-start assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Intermittent rain-sensing wipers
  • Two-speed rear wiper
  • Power mirrors
  • Black mirror caps
  • Body-color door handles
  • Body-color rear spoiler
  • Black lower-body cladding
  • Bright stainless-steel dual exhaust outlets
  • Tinted rear glass
  • Bright grille
  • Black belt-line molding
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED taillights
  • Single-zone climate control
  • Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Four 12-volt power points
  • Power windows with express-up/down driver’s window
  • Power door locks
  • Front and rear carpeted floor mats
  • Compass
  • Keyless access and ignition
  • Steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Cruise control
  • One smart-charging USB port
  • SYNC infotainment system
  • In-car Wi-Fi
  • AM/FM audio system
  • SiriusXM
  • Cloth seating
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Lane-keep assist
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera


SEL: $33,300

  • All SE features, plus
  • 18-inch split-spoke Sparkle-Silver-painted aluminum wheels
  • LED fog lights
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Heated mirrors with security approach lights and LED turn signals
  • Body-color mirror caps
  • Bright belt-line moldings
  • Silver roof-rack side rails
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Sync 3
  • Unique cloth seats
  • 10-way power driver’s seat
  • Six-way power passenger’s seat
  • SecuriCode keyless entry keypad


Titanium: $38,760

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 19-inch nickel-painted aluminum wheels
  • Perimeter alarm
  • Body-color door handles with bright inserts
  • Memory mirrors
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Ambient lighting
  • Universal garage door opener
  • Wireless charging pad
  • Remote ignition
  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Two 4.2-inch configurable driver-information center screens
  • Two smart-charging USB ports
  • 110-volt power outlet
  • B&O premium sound system
  • Bright illuminated front door-sill plates
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver’s seat memory
  • 10-way power passenger’s seat
  • Leather seating
  • 19-inch nickel-painted aluminum wheels
  • Perimeter alarm


ST: $42,355

  • All SEL features, plus
  • 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • All-wheel-drive disconnect
  • Performance Drive Dynamic
  • 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with high-gloss-black-painted pockets
  • Gloss-black-painted mesh grille with ST logo
  • Heated power mirrors with memory, security approach lamps, and LED signal indicators
  • Body-color lower body cladding
  • Polished stainless-steel dual exhaust
  • Black belt-line molding
  • LED signature daytime running lights
  • Ambient lighting
  • Unique carpeted floor mats
  • Ford performance scuff plates
  • Power tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel
  • Perforated-leather steering wheel with ST logo
  • Aluminum pedals
  • Two 4.2-inch configurable driver-information screens
  • Two smart-charging USB ports
  • B&O premium audio system
  • Leather seating with Miko inserts and ST logos

Who Should Buy the 2019 GMC Terrain?

Buyers looking for the best possible fuel economy and are willing to sacrifice a little space to get it will prefer the Terrain. This is especially true with the 39 mpg diesel engine.

Who Should Buy the 2019 Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is great for buyers looking to maximize roominess, especially in the cargo area. Also, if you want performance, the Ford Edge ST is the ride for you.


Whether you’re tackling your daily commute to Port St. Lucie or heading to Vero Beach to visit family, the 2019 GMC Terrain can get the job done in style. It can even make a daily drive to Fort Pierce, Florida cheaper with its available diesel engine. Come by Garber Buick GMC today to test drive the 2019 Terrain and see for yourself. Can’t make it by today? That’s OK. You can check out what 2019 GMC Terrain models we have in stock via our online inventory. Pick out the one that suits you best, then schedule a test drive later.