2014 Ford Edge Review
2014 Ford Edge Review
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- Quiet and comfortable cabin
- abundant features
- comfortable ride
- composed handling
- higher fuel economy from available turbocharged four-cylinder engine.
- MyFord Touch interface is finicky to use and prone to glitches
- transmission can be slow to respond.
The 2014 Ford Edge is unchanged.
Thanks to its well-rounded nature, the 2014 Ford Edge is a respectable choice for a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV.
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Cost to DriveCost to drive estimates for the 2014 Ford Edge SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A) and comparison vehicles are based on 15,000 miles per year (with a mix of 55% city and 45% highway driving) and energy estimates of $3.12 per gallon for regular unleaded in Virginia.
Monthly estimates based on costs in Virginia
$173/mo for Edge SE
Avg. Midsize SUV
When it comes right down to it, shopping for a new crossover SUV is a lot like trying on clothes. Three-row, seven-passenger models can feel way too big, while compact crossovers may seem a little too confining. That brings us to the 2014 Ford Edge, a five-passenger midsize crossover that splits the difference between these two extremes in a way that could make it a comfortable fit for you.
Besides its right-size dimensions, the Edge owes its popularity to its sleek styling and a comfortable interior filled with a long list of appealing high-tech options. These run the gamut from handy conveniences like the Sync system's voice control to important safety features like rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning systems, both of which are designed to help avert potential crashes. The Edge also offers a likable driving experience, with confident handling and a quiet and smooth ride. The standard 3.5-liter V6 delivers a level of performance most buyers will find satisfactory, but Ford offers two other engines as well: an available turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder for greater fuel economy or a slightly more powerful V6 in the Sport trim.
The Edge does have a few drawbacks, most notably the available MyFord Touch system, which has a less than intuitive menu structure and can be sluggish to process commands. Accordingly, we'd encourage you to take a look at some of the Ford's similarly sized and priced competitors. Topping the list is the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is equally comfortable in everyday driving, yet can be fitted to be more off-road-worthy. The Jeep also comes with available diesel or V8 power. Other desirable models include the well-equipped Nissan Murano, the Volkswagen Touareg and the likable Toyota Venza.
Ultimately, though, the 2014 Ford Edge has found a nice middle ground between its larger and smaller competitors, and many crossover shoppers are likely to find that it meets most, if not all of their needs.
Performance & mpg
Under the hood, most 2014 Ford Edge models get a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is available as an option. EPA estimated fuel economy is 22 mpg combined (19 mpg city/27 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive and 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/25 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.
Optional on all but the Sport model is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine (called the EcoBoost) that generates 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard; all-wheel drive is not available with this engine. In Edmunds performance testing, an Edge with the four-cylinder went from zero to 60 mph in 8.4 seconds: slower than average, but not unreasonably so. More importantly, the EPA's fuel economy estimate for this powertrain is an impressive 24 mpg combined (21 mpg city/30 mpg highway).
The Sport model is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 rated at 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission (with shift paddles) and front-wheel drive are standard, with all-wheel drive offered as an option. In Edmunds performance testing, an all-wheel-drive Edge Sport went from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds -- a good time for the segment. Official EPA fuel economy stands at 21 mpg combined (18 mpg city/26 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive and 19 mpg combined (17 mpg city/23 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive.
Standard safety features on the 2014 Ford Edge include antilock disc brakes, stability control, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. Also standard is Ford's programmable MyKey system, which allows parents to limit vehicle speed and stereo volume for teen drivers. A rearview camera is optional for the SEL and standard on the Sport and Limited, while everything except the SE gets rear parking sensors as standard. Optional on all trims except the SE are blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems. The Limited can also be equipped with a forward collision warning system.
In Edmunds brake testing, an all-wheel-drive Ford Edge Sport stopped from 60 mph in 122 feet: better than average for this class of vehicle. In fairness, that particular Edge was equipped with giant 22-inch wheels and sticky summer performance tires, but a four-cylinder Edge with more conventionally sized 18-inch wheels and all-season tires managed to stop in 124 feet, still a bit better than average for this class.
In the most recent government crash tests, the Edge received an overall rating of four out of five stars. Within that score, it received three stars for overall frontal protection and five stars for overall side protection. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Edge scored the highest possible rating of "Good" in the moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. Its seat/head restraint design also earned a top "Good" rating for whiplash protection in rear impacts.
On the road, the first thing you notice about the 2014 Ford Edge is its civilized ride quality and hushed interior. Also notable are the Edge's secure handling and precise steering -- both of which make it easy to maneuver. The Sport model's handling is even more responsive, but its firmer suspension and oversized wheels make the ride too harsh.
The standard 285-hp V6 engine's balance of performance and fuel economy should suit most buyers. The Sport model's gutsier V6 may seem attractive if you're plagued by a heavy right foot, but it doesn't provide significantly quicker acceleration. Meanwhile, the available turbocharged four-cylinder might not seem like enough engine for a vehicle this size, but its impressive refinement and better fuel economy should be enough to convince you otherwise. The six-speed automatic transmission matched with all three engines is capable, but it's tuned to maximize gas mileage and that means it can be slow to downshift in highway passing situations.
Inside the 2014 Ford Edge, you'll find an attractive cabin with a modern look and feel. The available MyFord Touch system adds to the sleek high-tech appearance with a large centrally located touchscreen and two smaller screens in the gauge cluster. These configurable displays can show a wide range of audio, climate and navigation system information.
While the MyFord Touch interface looks slick, its operation is hampered by small virtual buttons on the main touchscreen and controls that are slow to respond and prone to the occasional glitch. You'll likely acclimate to MyFord Touch and its idiosyncrasies (plus, the Sync voice command system continues to be a useful workaround), but in general, other systems are easier to use.
Up front, the Edge offers seats that are impressively comfortable and supportive. Rear-seat passengers will be comfortable in the outboard positions, thanks to reclining seatback cushions that offer good comfort and decent legroom, but the rear center position is fairly uncomfortable (unless you're a toddler riding in a car seat). Tall passengers will also find rear headroom in short supply in Ford Edges equipped with the panoramic sunroof.
When it comes to cargo capacity, the Edge offers a useful 32 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats. Fold the 60/40-split seatbacks down and you end up with a slightly sloped load floor and 69 cubic feet of space. Shorter individuals may have trouble reaching and closing the rear liftgate on Edges that don't have the power liftgate option.
2014 Ford Edge models
The 2014 Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV that seats five passengers. It's offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport.
The entry-level SE comes standard with a V6 engine, 17-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, air-conditioning, cloth upholstery, 60/40-split-folding and reclining rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, a 4.2-inch display screen and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio input jack. The optional Convenience package adds automatic headlights, keypad entry, rear parking sensors, a subfloor cargo organizer and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The optional Equipment Group 101A bundles automatic headlights, keypad entry, rear parking sensors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, satellite radio, the Sync voice command interface, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and a USB/iPod interface.
Moving up to the SEL model gets you the above options as standard plus 18-inch alloy wheels, heated mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power driver seat (includes power lumbar), an "EasyFold" second-row seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The SEL's Equipment Group 204A includes a rearview camera, leather upholstery, heated front seats and a six-way power front passenger seat (manual recline) with fold-flat capability. The 205A group has those optional features plus the MyFord Touch electronics interface with an 8-inch central touchscreen, a configurable gauge cluster, enhanced steering wheel controls, enhanced Ford Sync features and a second USB port for audio devices. The SEL appearance package adds 20-inch wheels, specific headlight and taillight treatments, a body-colored grille and unique leather/simulated suede seating.
The Sport model comes with all of the SEL's standard equipment, the contents of the 204A and 205A groups, a 12-speaker Sony sound system, HD radio, a more powerful V6 engine, 22-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and special exterior styling.
The upscale Limited also starts with a majority of the SEL's optional features as standard and then adds 18-inch chrome-finish alloy wheels, an eight-way power front passenger seat and the 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio. The Equipment Group 301A option adds a panoramic sunroof, xenon headlights, keyless ignition and entry, remote start, a power liftgate and a navigation system. The 302A group has those features plus rain-sensing wipers, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts. Also optional are 20-inch alloy wheels and adaptive cruise control with a collision warning system.
A few of the Limited's extra features, such as the sunroof, navigation system and blind-spot monitoring, are also available for the SEL and Sport. A rear-seat entertainment system with dual headrest displays is also optional for every Edge, except the SE.
4.2 out of 5 stars
Most helpful consumer reviews
5 out of 5 stars
Review for anyone tall
2013 Ford Edge SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
If you're a tall person and in the market for a crossover, give the Ford Edge a serious look. I'm 6'5 220# and have plenty of room in all directions. The driver seat has many settings for your comfort. Now for the rest, I never thought I'd buy a Ford but I love this vehicle. The V6 really moves and looks great while doing it. The ride is smooth and quiet. The sound system is crisp and … clear. I don't have a phone with Bluetooth but Sync works really good with my i-touch. My only complaint so far is the transmission. It really doesn't like 2nd gear and reading other reviews it seems to be a known issue with the Edge. Highly recommend this vehicle especially if you're tall. UPDATE: 02/27/2018 The 2013 Edge is still going strong. Replaced some of the standard stuff like battery, headlights, tie-rods and tires. Other than that, I still love it. Great size. Great engine. Still stylish. I plan on purchasing a newer Edge when the time comes...and this comes from someone who never cared for a Ford. UPDATE: I wrote a review on this Edge years ago under the name Abellows, but feel I might update this with the way the world/economy is going. I still have my 2013 Edge that I purchased certified pre-owned years ago and currently have 113k miles on it with no desire to trade it in. She has a 6 cly and gets up and moves! My sister has a 4 cyl turbo, 2021 Edge, but you can feel the lack of power as you enter the freeway, not to mention the annoying auto-shutoff that you can override but you have to do that at each start up. Food for thought. Gas mileage is great on hers until one needs the power of a bigger engine. Picture semi in the lane as you enter the highway. Trade off is one's own decision. Anyway, still have not put much money into mine outside of the basics. Although, ride is getting a bit worn. I believe the shocks are going and I might have those replaced. Interior and dash is dated but still comfy and looks great after a good cleaning! Just don't expect to link anything up to it through the infocenter. It was horrible a decade ago! LOL! The room in the back is still great for passengers and available cargo area has never failed me. The 2nd row seats fold 90% flat with just a flick of a handle. It has hauled everything I needed for close to a decade. Gas mileage still averages around 23-25/gal depending on my lead foot and my agitation with distracted drivers. LOL. BTW, I am 6'5 and still 220#, this is a great vehicle if you're tall. BUT...the front window supports and rearview mirror do present a considerable blind spot. You just have to bow forward a bit to make sure the coast is clear. It's a small trade-off for an otherwise great vehicle. The Edge also really hates punching it from a dead stop. It's great if you're already in motion. She will respond accordingly. She'll drop a gear and disappear! But from a dead stop, not so much,...there's a bit of a lag in the transmission that will more often than not make one reconsider their decision on going or wait for another opening in traffic, if you get my meaning. I hope this review assists anyone that can find this ride. It IS a great vehicle. Yes, it is dated, but still worth the money, IMHO. Hope better times are on the horizon for us all. Green lights and blue skies!
4.88 out of 5 stars
Great Job Ford!!
2013 Ford Edge Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
This is the first American Made car I have owned in 25 years. I actually intended to buy an Escape. However with the incentives offered the Edge was only $2000.00 more. was well worth it. My wife has a 2011 Toyota Avalon that is one of the best riding vehicles I have ever ridden in. This Edge is only slightly behind it. The 3.5L had plenty of performance the handling is great. The … interior with power memory seats is great on long drives. The SYNC is great once you learn it. You may actually have to read the book to learn it. A friend of mine trailered his Harley over 400 miles and raved at the handling
5 out of 5 stars
Bought this for the wife two years ago....
2014 Ford Edge Limited 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
......... to pry her 2013 Pontiac Aztek keys out of her hands. I hated that thing, but she liked it, so I bought it for her 13 years ago. Anyway, after trying to get her to buy something new for two damn years, she drove the Edge, and fell in love. The dimensions are almost identical. Only the Edge I bought her is just awesome. Leather, sunroof, NAV package and the engine can … really get up and go. After an 11 hour trip back home to NY........ my back and legs are not numb. Very comfy. Lots of luggage room in the rear hatch. Like having a cheaper Caddy. Kinda pricey, but I wanted to spoil the wife. We have had zero problems with this vehicle.
5 out of 5 stars
Comfortable, quiet and quirky
Sheila Bragg, 08/22/2017
2014 Ford Edge SE 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A)
***update #2- randomly the lights won't work and have had a couple of times where brakes go soft. Mechanic found nothing. Random issues with alert when I get out car like I've left ignition on. Won't stop until I get in, close door, crank up and shut back down. Odd electrical quirks. **update #1 - the SYNC System is super buggy. It will not recognize my phone even after playing it a … second ago. So, about every 3 months, I have to disconnect my battery and let it it for a few minutes and reconnect, then the SYNC system will connect to my phone again. One of the engineers at my office figured this out. It's annoying as snot. Ford didn't have a clue. First time I called, they told me to take it to a dealer who couldn't see me for another 3 weeks. That was unacceptable. We are a hands-free state so if I had an emergency and needed to make a call or receive one while I was driving, I couldn't. Ford needs to get their act together on these. I have never been more pleased with a vehicle than I am with this Ford Edge. We drove it as a test drive and never drove another. It is so comfortable and quiet. Lots of leg room in the front and not so much in the rear. My poor basset hound barely fits on the floor back there. Lots of storage space. Hugs the road very well on turns. Very impressed with how it handles in a heavy rain/wind storm. I am 5'4" and my husband is 6'2". We can adjust the seat to fit either one of us comfortably.
We have a limited number of reviews for the 2014 Ford Edge, so we've included reviews for other years of the Edge since its last redesign.
2014 Edge Highlights
|Combined MPG||22 MPG|
|Cost to Drive||$173/month|
|Cargo Capacity |
All Seats In Place
|Drivetrain||front wheel drive|
|Warranty||3 years / 36,000 miles|
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall3 / 5Driver3 / 5Passenger3 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger5 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat5 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover15.9%
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
- Small Overlap Front Driver-Side TestNot Tested
- Small Overlap Front Passenger-Side TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – OriginalGood
- Moderate Overlap Front Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Side Impact Test – OriginalGood
- Side Impact Test – UpdatedNot Tested
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood