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Ford Edge Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 265 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/25 mpg
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2010 Ford Edge

  • The 2010 Ford Edge is a solid entry in the midsize crossover SUV category, but it wouldn't be our first choice.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Quiet and roomy cabin, comfortable ride, Sync system, lots of standard safety equipment, strong crash test scores.

  • Cons

    Mediocre braking distances, unresponsive transmission, antiquated stereo/climate controls, some cheap interior bits.

  • What's New for 2010

    There are only minor appearance and trim changes for the 2010 Ford Edge.

Full 2010 Ford Edge Review

What's New for 2010

There are only minor appearance and trim changes for the 2010 Ford Edge.


The 2010 Ford Edge is like the poor guy waiting at a busy restaurant, watching anxiously as party after party gets seated before him. "It'll only be a few more minutes," says the hostess, but "a few" keeps changing to mean 30 or 40. Well, the Edge has been standing idly by for the past couple years as many of its Ford siblings have received a slew of much-needed updates and upgrades. The Edge's name can't be called soon enough, because a few tweaks here and there could dramatically improve this midsize crossover SUV's standing in an increasingly competitive segment.

The Edge at least starts with a solid foundation. It has ample room for five passengers, plus a cabin that is class-leading in terms of comfort and noise isolation. Its chassis is stout, providing an agreeable balance between ride and handling. It can also be packed with an abundance of standard and optional equipment, including Ford's latest Sync and Sirius Travel Link technologies, which aren't offered by other manufacturers.

As such, the 2010 Edge wouldn't be a bad choice, but as mentioned before, there are some issues that should be addressed. First of all, we've found the brakes to be lacking in our tests, as stopping distances are mediocre at best and worse than the bigger, heavier Ford Flex. Second, the interior is lackluster, suffering from some low-quality materials and Ford's antiquated stereo/climate controls that have been exorcised from recently updated models. Finally, the transmission lacks responsiveness, and some sort of manual override would be appreciated.

The 2010 Ford Edge has a lot of potential. Until some of its shortcomings are rectified, though, we think five-passenger competitors like the Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza are better choices. Seven-passenger entries like the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Flex, Hyundai Veracruz and Mazda CX-9 are also worth considering given their similar fuel economy, performance and price. So Mr. Edge, please have a seat; your table will be ready in just a few more minutes.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2010 Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover SUV available in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport trim levels. The SE comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, blind spot mirrors, full power accessories, keyless entry, air-conditioning, cruise control, reclining backseats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a four-speaker stereo with CD/MP3 player and an auxiliary audio jack. The Convenience Package adds rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming mirror, automatic headlights, a keyless entry keypad and steering wheel audio controls.

The SEL adds the Convenience Package plus 18-inch alloy wheels, foglamps, a six-way power driver seat (with manual seatback), a trunk-mounted second-row folding seat release, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, upgraded cloth upholstery, upgraded interior trim, a trip computer, satellite radio and an in-dash six-CD changer. Optional on both the SE and SEL is Ford's Sync electronics interface for cell phones and MP3 players. The Leather Comfort Package for the SEL adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control and a power passenger seat (again with manual seatback).

The Edge Sport starts with the SEL's standard equipment and adds 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, better tires, different front and rear fascias, ambient interior lighting, Alcantara faux-suede upholstery, contrasting stitching and Sync. The Sport Premium Package adds the Leather Comfort Package equipment (minus the leather) plus driver memory functions, heated mirrors and a power liftgate. Also optional are 22-inch wheels, which also come with a unique suspension tune. The Edge Limited trim includes the SEL, Leather Comfort Package and Sport Premium Package equipment (except the power liftgate). Limited-specific options include 20-inch wheels and an Interior Appearance Package that adds special interior trim.

Stand-alone options on the SEL, Limited and Sport include a panoramic sunroof, a power liftgate, remote ignition, a rear seat DVD entertainment system and a hard-drive-based navigation system with voice activation, real-time traffic and weather, DVD audio and video capability and digital music storage.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2010 Ford Edge is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. All trim levels come standard with front-wheel drive, and all but the SE can be equipped with all-wheel drive. With the latter, power flows to the front wheels until wheel slippage occurs, in which case power is sent to the wheels with optimum traction. In performance testing, a front-drive Edge went from zero to 60 mph in an unremarkable 8.1 seconds. When properly equipped, the Edge can tow 3,500 pounds.

Fuel economy estimates for the front-wheel-drive Edge are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined. All-wheel drive yields 15/22/18 mpg. Both are typical results for midsize crossovers, but bigger seven-passenger models match them.


Antilock disc brakes, stability control (with rollover avoidance logic), front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and blind spot mirrors are all standard. In government crash tests, the 2010 Ford Edge scored five stars (out of five) for the driver and four stars for the passenger in frontal impact tests, while it earned five stars in side impact testing for both front and rear passengers. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Edge scored the highest possible rating of "Good" in both frontal offset and side impact testing.

In the past, the Edge suffered from truly appalling braking distances. A more recent switch in tires improved matters, and the Edge's 60-0 stopping distance is now a tolerable 134 feet. We still noticed significant fade after multiple panic stops, though, which is hardly confidence-inspiring. Opting for the Sport model with its bigger wheels and grippier tires improves these stopping distances, but stiffens the ride in the process.

Interior Design and Special Features

In contrast to the exterior, the 2010 Edge's cabin is rather ordinary and not smartly designed. The cruise control buttons aren't intuitive, and the center stack air vents don't offer enough range of adjustability. Many interior materials are low quality, and the standard radio faceplate is ugly, placed far away and not particularly up to the task of operating satellite radio and Sync. The excellent optional touchscreen navigation system improves matters, though it still requires an uncomfortable reach.

Certain features like a telescoping steering wheel, numerous storage bins and reclining rear seats help make up for the Edge's shortcomings, and the optional glass Vista Roof imparts an airy feel, though it impinges on rear headroom. Without the power feature, the Edge's rear hatch can be hard for shorter drivers to close, but cargo capacity is a respectable 32 cubic feet with the backseat in use. Folding down the second row opens up a not-so-flat cargo floor and a max capacity of 69 cubes. That's more than a Nissan Murano can manage, but less than the Toyota RAV4 and considerably less than the Ford Flex.

Driving Impressions

The 2010 Ford Edge is most notable for its comfortable ride, which sops up road irregularities well without feeling floaty in the process. Though its steering doesn't provide much road feel, the Edge feels solid and provides commendable handling that instills confidence.

Acceleration from the standard V6 is strong, but the six-speed automatic transmission it's attached to can be painfully slow to downshift, often requiring a full foot-to-the-floor pedal stomp to coax it into providing a lower gear. Unfortunately, there is no manual override -- simply an "L" gear that drops the transmission into an inappropriately low gear. The brakes are another issue, with longish stopping distances and a mushy pedal feel.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

2010 edge sport

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge Sport 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I traded in my 08 Acura TL for an Edge Sport with the 22 inch wheels because I needed something bigger as my family is growing. I have had no regrets! I was worried the ride with the 22's would be harsh, but for an SUV with the big rims, it rides really well! MPG are good for the segment of vehicle. I towed a 5x8 trailer from Kansas City to Virginia Beach and doing 65 mph the whole way i got 20 MPG, even having to go through the West Va. mountains. 3/4 full trailer, Wife, 2 dogs and me and just front wheel drive and it did amazing! The Edge looks great, rides great and I feel good letting my wife drive a very safe dependable vehicle. We have put on 30k in the last 1.5 years of ownership.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

We love our edge

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge SEL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

We bought the Edge because I wanted it. My wife didn’t care at first, but after driving it a few times it’s all she wants to drive. I really enjoy this vehicle and after a year I’m still impressed every time I drive it. We’ve taken two road trips and found it to be comfortable and reliable and got us through some deep snow and icy roads where other vehicles did not make it. So far we’re very happy.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful

So far high praise for

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

i traded my 08 Hyundai Elantra for the 06 Toyota Tacoma and then traded that for the 2010 Ford Edge SE. I have driven foreign cars all my life after experiencing bad fortunes with Dodge. I decided to go American this time around. I've always liked to look. The interior dash of the Hyundai is more modern. The seating comfort of the Edge is better. The Tacoma was outdated and too bouncy. The Edge drives surprisingly smooth. The Edge is roomy. I like the ActiveSync and dual climate control, big wheels, and leather seating. I am back on American, I hope it doesn't fail me or I am permanently back on Japanese

12 of 30 people found this review helpful

Could be better - i

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge Limited 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I was taken by the exterior styling and should have been more careful and taken more time before jumping in with both feet. I should have gone with my head instead of my heart. The transmission is terrible (inconsistant shifting), the cabin area seems confined, materials seem cheap and interior is outdated, gas mileage leaves much to be desired, engine seems sluggish but could be due to the lousy transmission. Visability is poor especially when backing up. Seats are not that comfortable after being in the saddle for awhile. If I had it to do over, I would do like my brother-in-law did and get a Dodge Journey. More comfort, more storage, better performance, 3rd row seat option, same size.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Built for my foursome

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge SEL 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

I had waited for the new Taurus sedan to come on the market because of all the good things I read about it, however, when it arrived to the showroom I could not sit in the drivers side and have any passengers in the seat behind me. Because I take my foursome golfing weekly I needed a car that would sit four and carry their golfing equipment. This was the vehicle and I love it! Fun to drive, comfort to travel in as you can see I've put almost 30,000 miles on it in my first year.

2010 edge review

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Vehicle: 2010 Ford Edge SEL 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A)

We traded a 2005 Ford Explorer for the Edge. Big difference in vehicles. The transmission in our Edge shifts smoothly most of the time. However, as noted in Edmunds review it is reluctant to shift going up hills. More concerning is the lurching it sometimes does when stopped at an intersection. Has anyone else experienced this? It actually startles us when it happens. Otherwise it performs ok.

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