The 2011 Ford Edge is a solid, midsize crossover SUV with a pleasing aesthetic. The exterior looks athletic and chunky, and it has an attractive chrome grille with LED running lights. However the sportier model features a blackout trim instead of the chrome and includes 22-inch wheels standard. It definitely represents one of the nicest looking crossovers on the market and one of the most popular.
Another reason for its popularity concerns the premium interior finish which includes quality materials and high-tech electronics. It makes a great choice for a family of four or five, and it delivers a fun drive. It certainly needs to, as the competition within the SUV crossover market remains very fierce, and the recent updates ensure the Edge continues to live up to its name.
In appearance, it looks poised and ready for action, and even if it never has to do anything more arduous than transport groceries, it will certainly improve the owner’s street credibility.
Body Styles: midsize crossover SUV
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 3.7-liter V-6
Transmissions: six-speed automatic
Models: Ford Edge Se, Ford Edge SEL, Ford Edge Limited, Ford Edge Sport
For 2011, the Ford Edge introduces a whole host of exciting new updates which include more power, better exterior styling, an improved interior, and a reduction in wind and road noise. The improvements seem particularly noticeable on models equipped with Ford’s own interface, which incorporates three display screens. It gives users the ability to give commands via voice or touch for audio, phone, and navigational functions. Critics of the system point out it can be extremely tricky to use effectively, but others think it rivals similar systems used by BMW and Audi.
The Ford Edge’s exterior has a great look for a crossover sport utility vehicle, in spite of its solid appearance. The SE model sits on 18-inch wheels and uses automatic headlights, while more luxurious models come with 20-inch or 22-inch wheels. The Edge is definitely a crowd pleaser, even though its exterior doesn’t look particularly cutting edge in comparison to many other crossover SUVs on the market.
The interior of the Ford Edge uses high-quality materials and incorporates a modern design. Its seats prove especially good for longer journeys as they provide excellent support, although some drivers comment that the headrests sit uncomfortably tilted forward. The model offers plenty of legroom, but headroom feels somewhat limited in certain models. The middle seat only seems suitable for shorter trips because of its uncomfortable hardness, but this quite often occurs with crossover SUVs, so it shouldn't be regarded as too much of a negative. The Ford Edge proves great for longer journeys as it gives a very comfortable ride and sticks to the road well. With good insulation it gives a very quiet ride.
Performance & Handling
The 2011 Ford Edge comes in several different models with plenty of opportunity to add optional extras. Entry-level models employ a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine capable of generating 285 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque. If this seems insufficient then the Edge Sport comes with a 3.7-liter, V-6 engine that produces 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. Front drive comes standard on all models, as does the six-speed automatic transmission.
Overall, the Edge offers a fun drive, especially if you choose one of the Sport models, which delivers a slightly more agile ride. The V-6 engine provides good acceleration, but it does take a little longer to downshift as it's optimized for fuel efficiency. The sport model has more power, and drivers can choose the manual shift mode for the transmission.
The Edge has a number of safety features fitted standard, which include stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and blind spot mirrors. An optional package remains available on all models apart from the entry-level SE, which includes blind spot and cross-traffic monitoring systems.
The Ford Edge performs very well in government tests, scoring five stars for driver protection in frontal-impact tests and four stars for the passenger. The car earns five stars in side-impact testing for both front and back passengers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Edge the highest possible rating for side-impact and frontal-offset impact testing.
EPA Fuel Economy
Ford Edge SE: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Edge SEL: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Edge Limited: 19/27 mpg city/highway
Ford Edge Sport: 18/25 mpg city/highway
- Sporty styling
- Well-finished, quiet interior
- Great handling
- Innovative technology
You Won't Like
Hard to find any real faults with this perfectly poised crossover SUV.
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