Note: This review also applies to the 2014 Ford Edge as no major changes were made since the 2013 Ford Edge.
The 2013 Ford Edge video review includes fuel economy, price and safety information, along with details about technology features like MyFord Touch. We also compare it to other crossover SUVs.
Sometimes it's hard to thin the herd when shopping for a crossover. If your needs aren't too specific, it makes sense to start your search with a midsize model like the Ford Edge.
This five-passenger crossover has ample room for a family of four. It feels more substantial than compact crossovers, but unlike Ford's Explorer, it doesn't have a third row of seating and that keeps its size manageable, especially in the parking lot. Even compared to similarly sized rivals, the Ford feels steadier around turns.
Pricing on the Ford Edge starts around $28,000, and loaded versions hit the mid-$40,000s. The midrange SEL model featured in the video costs about $37,000 and has a lengthy features list, including dual USB ports (for two-iPhone households), navigation with traffic and weather updates, and a blind-spot warning system with rear cross-traffic alerts. If there's a downside to all the tech stuff, it's the tricky MyFord Touch interface. The audio and climate controls aren't buttons in the traditional sense, and it takes time to learn the touchscreen's menu system.
The rear seat isn't exceptionally comfortable, but legroom is sufficient. Cargo capacity is average for the class. The Ford earned a four-star overall crash test rating from the government and it's an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick.
On a road trip, you can settle back into the supportive front seats and enjoy the smooth ride and quiet cabin.
Ford offers two V6 engines, plus a turbocharged four-cylinder, which the test vehicle in the video has. You might think a four-cylinder wouldn't offer nearly enough power, but getting up to speed on the highway is no problem. Occasionally, the automatic transmission is slow to respond in passing situations, but overall, performance is plenty adequate.
There's a payoff in fuel economy, too. Our four-cylinder Edge is rated 24 mpg combined compared to just 22 mpg combined for the standard V6. You can't get all-wheel drive with the four-cylinder, so if you need winter capability, you'll need one of the V6s.
Although we're not in love with some of its interior controls, the Ford Edge is a well-rounded crossover, and one of our top choices in the midsize class.