The 2008 Ford Edge offers many advantages that other midsize sport utility vehicles (SUVs) miss; it has a peppy, fun engine, it drives and handles like a car, and it focuses on safety features that make it truly acceptable as a family-oriented vehicle. That's not to say, however, that it doesn't miss the mark in some areas. For instance, it has an utterly unremarkable interior that looks fairly cheap in comparison to many other vehicles in its class.
Other promising attributes include reasonable fuel efficiency on the highway, although it underperforms on surface roads, and a Sync system that allows drivers to use wireless devices without letting go of the steering wheel.
Overall, this is the kind of vehicle that parents should look for when shopping for their teenager's first car. It performs well without trying to act like a sporty roadster, but it also avoids the sluggishness of many SUVs. It also has an affordable price that will make it appealing to families with more on their minds than how they can pay for a new car.
Body Styles: SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic transmission
Models: Edge SE, Edge SEL, Edge Limited
There are a few important changes to note for the 2008 Ford Edge. Ford drops the SEL Plus trim line and replaces it with the Limited edition. The Edge now comes standard with more luxury features, including the Sync system, which gives voice activation to cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players, and USB devices. Buyers can also add a voice-activated navigation system and a power liftgate.
The 2008 Ford Edge has a reputable exterior design like any other SUV. It doesn't have any flashy features, which is probably a good thing for this family-oriented vehicle. The Edge is reliable, and it makes no pretention to look like something else.
The 2008 Ford Edge's interior doesn't keep pace with the rest of the vehicle. It doesn't have an intuitive design, and it's rather dull. For instance, the cruise control buttons aren't well placed, and the air vents don't move enough to make them as useful as possible. Plus, much of the interior looks cheap.
There are some good points to the interior, though. The 2008 Ford Edge has a telescoping steering wheel and reclining rear seats that make it comfortable for long trips. The rear cargo area also offers 32 cubic feet of space. Consumers get up to 69 cubic feet of potential space when the rear seats are folded down. That's a respectable number on par with many other vehicles in the Edge's class.
For a better interior, opt for 2008 Ford Edge Limited, which has a leather interior, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, and driver’s seat memory.
Performance & Handling
The 2008 Ford Edge has a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that offers 265 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers might not blow anyone's mind, but the SUV is surprisingly quick for its size; it can go from zero to 60 mph in 7.4 seconds. It can also tow up to 3500 pounds.
The 2008 Edge has responsive handling that makes it feel more nimble than most SUVs. It has the smooth, quiet ride that one would expect from a car. That's a definite plus for families who need a reliable vehicle for daily commutes and long road trips. Just don't expect to take the 2008 Ford Edge too far off the road. It isn't really built for off-road adventures, although the four-wheel drive option makes a good winter vehicle.
The 2008 Ford Edge excels at keeping passengers safe. Anti-lock disc brakes, full-length side curtain airbags, front-seat side airbags, and stability control with rollover avoidance logic all come standard.
Crash tests also show that the 2008 Edge is a spectacularly safe vehicle. It received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating in side-impact and front-offset tests. Government-conducted crash tests also gave the 2008 Ford Edge five out of five stars for its driver frontal-impact test and four stars for its passenger frontal-impact test. It also earned five out of five stars for front and rear side-impacts.
In other words, the 2008 Ford Edge offers the safety features that a family vehicle truly needs.
EPA Fuel Economy
Edge: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Comfortable, quiet ride
- All features come standard
- Plenty of room
- Aggressive V-6 engine
You Won't Like
- Low cargo space for an SUV
- So-so brakes
- Uninspired interior design
A reliable, family-oriented SUV with a peppy engine, but lacking an inspired interior.
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