2012 Ford Edge Sport
(3.7L V6 AWD 6-speed Automatic)
What our ratings include
Date Driven: 11/2/2010 (2011 Sport AWD)
Although a respectable handler, the Edge isn't remarkably quick. We like the shift paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The Edge Sport's new 3.7-liter engine is an improvement over the 3.5-liter unit available in other styles.
Despite reasonable steering weight and feel, the Edge Sport still isn't the most nimble or quick handling machine on the road -- even with its massive 22-inch tires.
The tall wheel-and-tire combination compromises ride quality. It's clear the wheels and tires are quite heavy, especially over uneven terrain. Bottom line? If you want a smoother riding Edge, don't get the Sport model.
Although extremely quiet at idle, the Edge isn't all that quiet while rolling down the road -- no doubt due in part to its 22-inch tires. Wind noise is noticeable but not disruptive.
MyFord Touch means interfacing with many controls via a touch screen. A few more knobs would make some controls more efficient, but there's a lot of functionality here. Touch-sensitive pads were occasionally unresponsive.
We experienced no visibility problems in the Edge. It's on par with other crossover SUVs in this area.
Seat Access & Space
Front legroom in the Edge might be a problem for the tallest drivers. Otherwise, space and access -- especially rear legroom -- are quite good.
Cargo & Storage
Cargo volume is quite good, especially with the rear seats folded down. The rear seat is a 60/40-split folding design and goes down completely flat. A flat-folding passenger seat is available to accommodate long cargo.
An area of improvement for Ford in the last few years, the Edge's interior quality reflects this priority. The Sony-designed touch panel looks quite nice even, and the leather in our test car was decent as well.
At 2,000 pounds, the Edge Sport's tow capacity is small but will serve those who need to move light trailers. Other styles offer a 3,500-pound rating.