In the past few years, consumers have been flocking to crossover vehicles that provide SUV functionality with sedanlike handling characteristics. A good example is the slickly styled Ford Edge. The midsize Edge is strictly a five-seater, as it doesn't offer a third-row seat. Otherwise, Ford's performance and features closely match competing midsize crossover SUVs.
Our initial opinion on the Edge was lukewarm, as we had a few reservations about braking performance and cabin materials -- for the most part, a used Edge will be a competent, though not standout, choice for a crossover SUV. The current generation, which debuted for 2011, however, is much more impressive thanks to freshened styling, more power, a revised interior and new features.
Current Ford Edge
The Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV available in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The SE comes with air-conditioning, 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, reclining rear seats and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack. The SEL and Limited trims boast luxuries such as heated seats, the MyFord Touch interface and a back-up camera. The Sport is similar to the Limited but also has 22-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique bodywork and transmission paddle shifters.
Powering all but the Sport is a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 285 horsepower. The Edge Sport has a 3.7-liter V6 making 305 hp. Both engines run through a six-speed automatic transmission. Optional on all but the Sport is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (dubbed EcoBoost) that makes 240 hp, comes paired with a six-speed automatic and rates an impressive 24 mpg in combined driving. All-wheel drive (AWD) is optional across all trims, but can't be had with the EcoBoost engine.
In the midsize and large crossover utility segments, third-row seats are fairly commonplace. The Ford Edge lacks this feature, but counters with a roomy second-row seat. This seat also reclines or folds forward (though not entirely flat) for increased cargo space. The Edge's maximum capacity is a bit lower than its key competitors'.
In road tests, our editors have been pretty impressed by the Edge's interior, which boasts high-quality materials and useful electronic features. The MyFord Touch electronics interface, however, can be frustrating to use. On the move, the Edge accelerates adequately; the Sport model is indeed a bit quicker. Similarly, handling is competent overall, with the Edge Sport providing a bit more grip. However, the Sport's larger wheels degrade ride quality to the point where we doubt many drivers will accept the compromise.
Used Ford Edge Models
The current generation of the Edge bowed for 2011, when the crossover received styling updates and a nicer cabin with better materials and more sound insulation. Under the freshened skin came more power (285 hp for the standard V6, 305 hp for the Sport's V6), a much improved braking system and MyFord Touch. The latter interface consists of three display screens and the ability to input commands for audio, phone and navigation functions via voice or touch controls. Apart from the lack of the EcoBoost engine option, this Edge is identical to the current version.
The Ford Edge was introduced for 2007, and the first generation lasted until 2010. Originally it was available in SE, SEL and SEL Plus trim levels; the Sport debuted two years later. This midsize crossover seated just five, as no third-row seat was available, It featured sharp styling, a 265-hp V6 matched to a six-speed automatic and, at 32 cubic feet, generous cargo room behind the rear seat.
In reviews, the Edge impressed us with its composed handling and smooth, ample passenger space, quiet ride and generous standard safety features. However, we would avoid the first two years of the Edge because of poor braking performance. It would routinely take more than 150 feet to stop from 60 mph, whereas most rivals accomplished the task 20-25 feet shorter. We also weren't particularly impressed with the Edge's overall interior quality.
The first year lacked the availability of Sync, a power liftgate and a navigation system, while all first-generation Edges lack the current model's improved interior and feature updates.
Read the most recent 2013 Ford Edge review.
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