I traded my Mercedes for the Edge, with no regrets. I considered a Mercedes SUV; but that is like a Rolex clock radio, you just don't need it! I had owned several Ford's in the past, Explorer, Ranger, Taurus, all were great. The ride on the edge is not as refined as the Mercedes, but it is darn close, $30K less makes it even more comfortable. The sync system is a step above anything else I tested. I recently took the Edge on 3,500 mile trip out west and enjoyed every minute of the drive, fuel economy was better than predicted. The dealership has been on par, or better, than my high end import experiences. Ford has really stepped up and delivered again.
Sync system with weather radar and surface winds. Embedded wide-angle mirrors, really help. Roomy, comfortable ride.
The instrument cluster is difficult to read at twilight, day and night no problem. Cargo security is a must and needs to be improved. The shade (not that great, but effective) should be included.