2012 Ford Edge Ecoboost SEL SUV (2.0L 4-cyl. Turbo 6-speed Automatic)
Driven On 8/14/2012
This rating has been carried forward from a prior year because the newer model has no substantial differences.
Overall comfort and useful space are good. Most will be pleased by the ride quality and performance of the Edge. The optional Ecoboost engine costs more yet offers reasonable fuel gains over the V6. This car deserves a B, but not with this early generation of MyFord Touch.
PerformanceWe were impressed by the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine in our Edge, which can move this vehicle fairly swiftly. The overall feeling isn't particularly athetic, but the Edge holds its own.
Acceleration from 0 to 60 mph takes 8.1 seconds. Who needs a V6? The 2.0-liter turbo is plenty of engine for the 4,000-lb car.
Panic stops in the mid-120s, though average for the segment, represent a big improvement over the first-year Edge we once owned. Pedal feel is reasonable, too.
Steering is responsive, with good initial turn-in, but the driver only gets a mild sense of what the tires are doing.
Drives smaller and lighter than it is, but limits are moderate. This is not a sporting CUV, but it doesn't pretend to be.
For everyday driving the Edge is fine, though the transmission is sometimes reluctant to downshift when you want to scoot ahead smartly.
ComfortThe seats in the Edge are great, especially for the driver. Ride quality and quietness are slighty above average for this class.
The driver seat in the Edge is firm yet supportive and is one of the best we've experienced. Other seating positions are nearly as good.
Generally smooth, except on rougher surfaces, but not out of line for the class. Its score gets a further bump due to its superior seat comfort, which filters out some bumps.
Small amounts of road and tire noise are present in nearly equal amounts, but neither is intrusive.
InteriorExcept for its media interface, the Edge's interior compares well to other midsize CUVs in the class. Space is comparable as is visibility and accessibility. Two options for folding the second-row seatbacks are a plus.
The driving position is good and the steering controls are nice, but this iteration of MyFord Touch suffers from maddeningly slow response times and a lack of tactile button feel.
Most will find it easy to slide in and out of without drama. The doors open wide and the seats are neither too high nor too low.
While the Edge seats five, it's snug for three adults in back. The front seats fit nearly everyone, though long-legged drivers may take issue with the footwell shape.
Visibility is about what you'd expect in this class: good to the front and sides, with moderate blind spots behind. We recommend the optional rearview camera.
Storage bins galore, including a deep center console. Rear seats fold flat and release from the second row via levers or from the cargo area via buttons. Good versatility.
ValueRight down the middle. The Edge ranks midpack in most categories here.
Build Quality (vs. $)
We didn't find any obvious build quality oversights on our test vehicle. Paint, panel fitment and choice of materials were acceptable for this price range.
Features for the money is about average. MyFord Touch, leather, rearview camera, the Ecoboost turbo 4-cylinder, voice controls and blindspot monitoring add $4,785.
Base price is $31,060. Optional equipment such as MyFord Touch, rearview camera, leather, 2.0-liter turbo and voice controls raise the as-tested price to $36,670.
EPA ratings are 21 city/30 highway mpg for the optional Ecoboost engine, compared to 19 city/27 highway of the base V6.
About average. 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper and 5-year/60,000-mile for the powertrain.
While there's no scheduled maintenance, the 5-year/60,000-mile roadside assistance coverage is pretty useful.
Fun To DriveFun isn't really the right word. Flexible, versatile and stylish capture it better. But the EcoBoost 4-cylinder does give the Edge more oomph than it's had before.
The driving is fine, but in normal use much of the driving experience hinges upon functions controlled by the MyFord Touch interface, and this early-gen system is frustrating.
The Edge manages to be stylish and functional at the same time. It's a good alternative to the Explorer.
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