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.
Read the most recent 2014 Ford Edge review.
If you are looking for older years, visit our used Ford Edge page.