In recent years, consumers have been flocking to crossover vehicles that provide SUV functionality with sedanlike handling characteristics. Ford moved on this trend way back in 2007 with the launch of the five-passenger Edge. It was a midsize SUV, but it didn't try to squeeze in a third row where it didn't fit. Instead, the Edge focused on buyers who sought secure handling and plenty of features in an easy-to-drive package.
We were lukewarm on the early Edge models, but the latest generation has come a long way. It offers lots of space for passengers and luggage, a range of engine choices, smooth ride quality, and a host of desirable features and options. Earlier-generation Edges share many of these characteristics, although they are not nearly as refined.
Current Ford Edge
A midsize crossover SUV, the Ford Edge is known for its sedanlike handling in spite of its height and weight while offering an upscale interior with plenty of upgrades. Fully loaded, the Edge approaches luxury vehicle territory. Some competitors offer three rows, but the Edge counters with much more backseat space, making it appealing for buyers who don't need to carry more than five people.
The Ford Edge is available in four trims: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The base SE comes standard with all the basics such as remote locking, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat and voice control. The SEL adds parking sensors, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, and a power front seat with nicer cloth upholstery. The Titanium gets leather, a hands-free liftgate, an 8-inch touchscreen powered by Ford's Sync 3 technology interface, and a 12-speaker sound system.
All three of these trims are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Moving up to the Sport gets you an upgraded suspension and a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine with an impressive 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Features including remote start, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, a panoramic sunroof, parking cameras, and others are available in option packages. All-wheel drive is also available (it's standard on the Sport), and the V6 can be optioned on other trims for a minimal price.
During testing, we found the base 2.0-liter engine a little sluggish. The V6 really wakes the Ford Edge up, matching its solid handling characteristics with lively power. We like the interior look and feel, especially when it's equipped with the Sync 3 system and touchscreen. The smaller display that comes standard on lower trims isn't very appealing and has limited usability. Ford thoughtfully allows quite a bit of customization, which means you can get an SEL with its nicer upholstery and add all-wheel drive, the V6 engine, and the 8-inch touchscreen without breaking the bank. The Edge offers a lot of SUV for your money.
Used Ford Edge Models
The current Ford Edge represents the vehicle's third generation, which began production in 2015. Compared to earlier Edges, it improves on Ford's midsize crossover formula in every way. It offers more power from its optional turbocharged V6, more efficiency thanks to the addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine as standard equipment, a refined chassis and improved build quality over previous generations. There haven't been any major changes since, but the debut 2015 Edge had the older and less useful MyFord Touch infotainment interface rather than the latest Sync 3 system that debuted for 2016.
The second-generation Edge was produced from 2011 to 2015 and offered the same four trim levels as the current generation, with largely the same distribution of features. There are some notable differences, however. The standard engine on all trims but the Sport was a 3.5-liter V6 producing 285 hp. It was thirstier than the new standard EcoBoost and produced less torque as well. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder EcoBoost was an optional extra on these trims, but it could not be had with all-wheel drive, limiting its appeal. The Edge Sport had a 3.7-liter V6 making 305 hp.
In road tests, our editors have been pretty impressed by the Edge's interior, which offered good features and quality materials compared to its competitors, though the new generation improves on these. On the move, the Edge accelerates adequately; the Sport model proves noticeably 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.
The Ford Edge was introduced for 2007, and the first-generation Edge 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; 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, quiet ride, generous standard safety features and smooth, ample passenger space. However, we would avoid the first two years of the Edge because of poor braking performance. It routinely took more than 150 feet to stop from 60 mph; most rivals accomplished the task in 20 to 25 fewer feet. 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.