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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.
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.
If you are looking for newer years, visit our new Ford Edge page.