The Edge is a well-designed entry in the popular crossover market. It's comprised of midsize SUVs that offer functionality of a larger sport vehicle with the handling of a sedan. This is a five-seat only crossover as it lacks a third row seat. There were some complaints about early models with low quality interior materials, less than stellar braking, and a general consensus. Ford did address the issues, and the Edge is a strong competitor in a crowded midsized crossover market.
Comparably priced for the crossover market in general, the Edge may seem a bit costly given the size and seating for five, but many features are standard and it is loaded at any of the price points.
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Ford Edge Origins
As model years pass, the styling improved, the materials upgraded, and features were added. Improvements in power and handling were achieved goals. This is Ford’s smallest entry in this vehicle class, and the interior is smaller than that of its direct competitors. The rear does fold down, but not completely flat. The lack of space is made up for by several available features and respectable performance and towing capacity for an SUV of this size.About the Ford Edge
The Ford Edge was introduced in 2007 and the first generation lasted until 2010. The second generation was introduced in 2011. The interior of the Edge was the focus of noticeable improvements throughout the vehicle’s production run. The SE package comes standard with air-conditioning and full power accessories. The SEL and Limited add a range of luxuries like heated seats and MyFord Touch system; MyFord replaces traditional buttons with a touch screen and touch-sensitive pads. The readout on the dash is LCD and can be configured. This system makes most functions such as navigation, audio control and climate control easier to use as they are all located in one spot. The front seats seem to be a bit too narrow and may bother some drivers and passengers.
Other interior options available for the SEL, Limited, and Sport are leather seats, power adjustable front seats, and Sync multimedia system. All these features help to make the Edge a great vehicle for buyers who appreciate comfort and tech toys.
The V-6 engines accelerate respectably well, which can be helpful in certain driving situations. The drivetrain is smooth with a responsive transmission. As with most crossovers, the ride is quite smooth and bumps aren’t very noticeable. The 22-inch wheels on the Sport package make for a firmer, but not harsh, ride. Ride control is decent, and the ride quality exceeds most vehicles in this class.Ford Edge Features
The Ford Edge is considered one of the more intriguing and pleasing looking crossovers. The compact yet sporty profile will appeal to many buyers first seeing it on the lot. There are four trim packages available: SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport. The Edge starts off with the SE package that includes 17-inch alloy wheels, stability control, and anti-lock brakes. The SEL and Limited add on a backup camera. The Sport shares many traits with the Limited, but also has 22-inch wheels, unique bodywork, a sport-tuned suspension, and transmission paddle shifters. Other exterior options are xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, and a power liftgate.
The Edge has three engine options. There are two larger options: a 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 or a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6. A nice and economical addition to the power plant line-up is a 240-hp, 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharger four-cylinder. All engines run on regular gas and use a six speed automatic transmission. Some drivers will not like the transmission, which only has two choices for drive: ""D"" and ""L."" If a driver wants to pick specific gears it will be necessary to get the Sport package with the paddle shifters. All-wheel drive (AWD) is an option on all of the trim packages.
Fuel economy is respectable, especially with the four-cylinder engine. The V-6 engines get about 19/27 mpg city/highway, with the EcoBoost adding as much as 7 mpg.
Everything is well weighted making for easy and smooth steering that doesn’t require excessive correction even with larger tire options. For a crossover, it does fine with cornering and feels controlled. The overall ride quality is pleasant but not quite sporty, which some crossovers manage to accomplish. There is the issue of the vehicle's width; while this adds to cabin comfort, it can make parking more difficult.
Since there are only five seats, the cabin feels spacious and affords a lot of comfort and room for driver and passenger. The sound level is neither bothersome nor especially quiet, with the expected amount of wind, road, and accelerating engine noise.
Vehicles equipped with the EcoBoost engine come with special rocker panels and features fuel-saving active grille shutters.