2017 Ford Edge SEL SUV Review & Ratings

2017 Ford Edge SUV
Summary

Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Ford Edge SEL SUV

  • You don't have to buy a three-row crossover just to get a roomy interior. Take the 2017 Ford Edge, for instance. It'll fit your family of five with room to spare and still fit into your garage with ease. It also boasts the latest technology, a smooth ride and a wide range of engines.

  • Pros

    Ride quality is smoother than many of its competitors; plenty of space for passengers and luggage; fuel-efficient and performance-oriented engines; many available tech and luxury features.

  • Cons

    Base engine may be too sluggish for some drivers; transmission is occasionally slow to react.

  • What's New for 2017

    The 2017 Ford Edge is essentially unchanged from last year.

Review

Most crossover SUVs fall into one of two categories: You've got your two-row subcompact and compact crossovers and then the larger three-row large SUVs best suited for family duty. However, there are a few midsize models that slot between the compact and large crossovers. These offer superior rear seat accommodations compared to a compact crossover but without the large footprint of one of the big guys. Of these, the 2017 Ford Edge is a great choice if you want something modern, fuel-efficient and comfortable.

Unlike its corporate stablemate, the Escape (a comfortable vehicle by compact crossover standards), the Edge is wide enough that three adults can sit side by side in the back without feeling too cramped. There are three engines available, too, from a fuel-efficient turbocharged four-cylinder to the muscular twin-turbo V6 found on the Sport. We also like that many features packages are available on multiple trim levels, so you can really customize the Edge the way you want it. For instance, most models can be equipped with advanced safety and entertainment equipment such as blind-spot monitoring and the excellent Sync 3 infotainment interface.

If the Edge doesn't float your boat but you still want a versatile midsize crossover, a few rivals are worth considering. The Nissan Murano offers bold styling, extremely comfortable seats and a strong V6 engine that outperforms the Edge's turbocharged four-cylinder while achieving about the same fuel economy. The Jeep Grand Cherokee differentiates itself with its off-road ability and an available diesel engine. You could also go with redesigned 2017 GMC Acadia, which is smaller and more nimble than last year. But overall we think the Edge is one of the best all-round vehicles in its segment.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2017 Ford Edge is a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV offered in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport.

Standard features of the SE model include 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, dual exhaust tips, an active grille shutter, an acoustic windshield, rear privacy glass, LED taillights, remote locking and unlocking, air-conditioning, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seatbacks, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel with shift paddles, cruise control, a 4.2-inch central display screen, a height-adjustable driver seat, a rearview camera, and a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and USB and auxiliary inputs. Also included is Ford's Sync system, which features voice recognition, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, 911 Assist, and the ability to use apps such as Spotify and Pandora with voice commands.

The SEL adds LED headlight accents, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, rear parking sensors, an exterior keyless entry pad, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, upgraded cloth upholstery, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio.

The SEL is available with Equipment Group 201A, which adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a nine-speaker audio system and the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, two configurable screens in the instrument cluster and an additional USB port.

The Titanium gets the above equipment as standard plus 19-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate, an LED taillight bar, noise-reducing front windows, upgraded interior trim, ambient interior lighting, front sport seats, an eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat (with power lumbar adjustment), driver-seat memory settings and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio.

To the Titanium's equipment roster, the Sport adds the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine, 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, unique front and rear styling, variable-ratio steering, a power-adjustable steering wheel, sport-themed interior trim and perforated leather and simulated-suede upholstery.

Some of the fancier standard items are available on lower trim levels as options. The Technology package for the SEL, Titanium and Sport adds an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, remote start, a navigation system and a 110-volt power outlet. The same three trims are also eligible for a Cold Weather package that includes a heated steering wheel, all-weather floor mats and a windshield wiper de-icer.

For the Titanium, Equipment Group 301A includes the Technology package and adds ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a panoramic sunroof, while Equipment Group 302A throws in a lane departure warning and prevention system, xenon headlights with automatic high-beam control, automatic wipers, second-row outboard inflatable seat belts, a 180-degree front camera and an automated parking system. The Titanium Driver's Package borrows the variable-ratio steering and power-adjustable steering wheel from the Sport, also adding adaptive cruise control and a forward collision warning system.

The Ford Edge Sport is available with Equipment Group 401A, which largely mirrors the Titanium's Group 301A but lacks the panoramic sunroof and inflatable rear seat belts, both of which are available separately. Also on tap for Sport buyers is a set of 21-inch wheels (with optional summer tires).

Optional on every Edge is a rear entertainment system. Other stand-alone options, depending on trim level and configuration, include roof rails, a tow package, and 20- and 21-inch wheels.

Powertrains and Performance

The 2017 Ford Edge has three engine choices, all of which are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard on every trim but the Sport is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available at extra cost. Front-wheel-drive models utilize an automatic engine stop-start function to help save fuel.

EPA fuel economy estimates were not available at the time of publication, but we don't expect them to change from last year. The 2016 Edge 2.0T was estimated to return 24 mpg combined (20 city/30 highway) with FWD and 23 mpg combined (20 city/28 highway) with AWD.

In Edmunds track testing, an Edge 2.0T with AWD sauntered to 60 mph in a leisurely 8.3 seconds. That's a few ticks quicker than the Kia Sorento 2.0T AWD but slower than the FWD Nissan Murano, which needed only 7.5 seconds.

SEL and Titanium buyers can opt for a non-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 that makes 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. The 2016 model with this engine was rated at 21 mpg combined (18 city/26 highway) with FWD and 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway) with AWD.

The Sport comes exclusively with AWD and a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that churns out 315 hp and a substantial 350 lb-ft of torque. It's nearly as fuel-efficient as the regular V6, too: expect 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).

The 2.0-liter and 3.5-liter engines can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, but Ford limits the Sport's 2.7-liter V6 to 2,000 pounds because it's not eligible for the tow package.

Safety

The 2017 Ford Edge comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, Ford's Curve Control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, side curtain airbags, a rearview camera and hill hold assist. The standard Ford Sync system includes an emergency crash-notification feature that automatically dials 911 when paired with a compatible cellphone. Also included is Ford's MyKey, which can be used to set electronic parameters for secondary drivers such as teens or valets. All but the SE have rear parking sensors.

Optional safety equipment includes inflatable outboard rear seat belts, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, a lane departure warning and prevention system, and a forward collision warning system with brake support that pressurizes the brakes for maximum stopping power when it detects an imminent collision.

At the Edmunds test track, an Edge Titanium came to a stop from 60 mph in 119 feet, a few feet shorter than average for a midsize crossover.

In government crash tests, the 2017 Edge earned a perfect five-star overall rating, with five stars for total front-impact protection and five stars for total side-impact protection. In crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Edge earned a top rating of Good in the moderate-overlap front-impact test and a second-best Acceptable in the small-overlap front-impact test. The Edge earned a Good rating for the side-impact, roof strength and seat/head restraint (whiplash protection) tests.

Interior Design and Special Features

The 2017 Ford Edge's cabin is mostly covered in soft-touch materials. In fact, the dash, doors and center console are all soft to the touch from hip level and up. That means that just about every surface the driver interacts with has a quality feel. The only exception is the standard center stack, which is made primarily of hard plastic, basic controls and a tiny display. Thankfully, the optional Sync 3 infotainment system transforms that whole section of the dashboard into a sleek, modern interface.

Speaking of Sync 3, we haven't tested it in the Edge yet, but our experience with the system in other Ford vehicles is that it's quick and easy to use. The 8-inch touchscreen offers a modern, smartphone-like layout with large square virtual buttons lined up on the bottom of the screen. If you're into the latest technology, Sync 3 is well worth the upgrade over the standard configuration, but bear in mind that you'll need at least the SEL trim level to get it.

The Edge's cabin is expansive, with plenty of room for all passengers. Front-row occupants sit in supportive bucket seats, and the rear seats provide comfortable accommodations for adults. The Edge is also wide enough to make three-across second-row seating a viable proposition for families of five.

Cargo space is similarly impressive. With the rear seats up, the Edge has a useful 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space available. With the seats down, that expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Both of those figures are at or near the top of the class.

Driving Impressions

The 2017 Ford Edge has a controlled, carlike character from behind the wheel. It truly feels like a raised sedan, with a composed ride, direct steering and little body lean by crossover standards when going around turns. Even large bumps are soaked up by the forgiving suspension. We're also impressed with the Edge's low levels of wind and road noise. The Edge has enough refinement to give Lincoln MKX shoppers pause, as the Edge's upscale platform mate is, as expected, considerably pricier.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is smooth and offers respectable passing power when required, but it's a bit sluggish off the line and clearly designed more for efficiency. The 3.5-liter V6 packs a stronger punch, but given its lower fuel economy and extra cost, we'd just stick with the base four-cylinder. If you really want power, the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is the way to go, delivering a serious wallop when your right foot asks for it. It sounds pretty cool, too. If we have one complaint about the Edge's powertrains, it's that the six-speed automatic transmission is sometimes reluctant to downshift when more power is needed.

Reviews from owners of the 2017 Ford Edge SEL SUV


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Not a bad cross over

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

Babysitting my friend's new Edge till I pick him up at the airport . Pros.. nice interior and lay out . NAV is quite good with large 8' screen, back up camera and tech package/ cross traffic alert / bliss works well. No road or tire noise from inside. , Sony radio and 9 speaker sounds good but not in the class of other good systems . Ingress / egress is excellent with plenty of room for folks over 6' tall. The 2.0L engine lacks low end torque but once you get going there is plenty of power. I would of opt for the V-6 but gas mileage is better with the small turbo. Seating SELmodels non sport seats are so much more comfortable than the Titanium's sport seating . Big / tall drivers beware . The Cons ... not many but they are something to consider if buying . The hood flares up on both sides so when your driving it hard to see / judge around turns and corners / tight spots . The hood flares up closest to both sides of the driver and passage window . This to me is very annoying . visibility is a little obstructed by window pillars and sloped back window. I'm sure after a few weeks you could get used to it. Last thing that I noticed was the Foot rest by the door where your non driving foot rests. It should of been placed back another 2 inches and slanted more at a 45 degree angle . Tall people beware this could be annoying on long trips . Overall comparing it to other Cross Overs the 2017 ford edge is definitely at the top of the pack.




Died 2 miles off the lot

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

We had a supposed "this has never happened in the history of Ford" breakdown. The high pressure fuel pump stopped working two miles after my wife left the car lot upon final paperwork of buying the vehicle. The Ford Pass app works on Apple and Android devices. We own Microsoft phones. NO ONE at the dealership gave us any information on phone numbers to call for help if the vehicle breaks down. The only information we had was our salesman's cell phone. He was the reason why I rated any of this as highly as I did. He came to our aid, and made sure we got the vehicle towed back to the dealership. He made sure we had a loaner vehicle for the 18 days we had to wait for the service department to figure out what went wrong, to order the parts, to get an emergency order on a back ordered part, install the four parts needed for this particular pump, and then test drive our brand new vehicle. It had less than 60 miles on it when it died. They fixed it. We own it.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Worth postponing early retirement!

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

I have been looking at all the different SUV's on the road for the past year and decided that I really liked the body style of the Edge. Once I actually got inside & took it for a test drive there was no going back. I absolutely love my car. It is above & beyond what I expected.




Surprisingly pleased

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

I had a Mercedes previous to this car. I thought I was taking a step down in luxury, but it doesn't seem to be that way.



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Four months of satisfaction

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

I purchased my Edge 4 months ago. I compared it with an Acura RD-X (rode rough for my taste), Lexus RX350 (too $$$), and the new Honda CR-V (nice, but a little too small) . Because of my large amount of driving, I went for the Ecoboost 4 rather than the 6, and it has turned out to be an excellent compromise between power (acceleration) and fuel economy. I do a long commute, and I appreciate the ease of driving it as well as the mileage of 23-25 mpg in all conditions. My family of three has taken it from the Bay Area to Tahoe with a full load of luggage, and it had enough performance to handle it comfortably, even through a snowstorm on the way back. We also own a 2012 Toyota Highlander, and the Edge is far more smooth, quiet, and refined than the Highlander, and gets better mileage as well. I am over 6', so it is more comfortable as well. I use Android Auto with the Sony audio system, and the audio system is satisfactory to my non-audiophile hearing. Would definitely recommend the Titanium 302A package just for the proximity sensors, which aid in backing up.



7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Love this car!

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Vehicle: 2017 Ford Edge

The Edge Sport is really 2 cars in 1: in everyday driving, it's a well-behaved, reasonably nimble SUV that drives 'smaller' than it really is, due to good handling/braking. Great people and cargo hauler. We ordered 401A (Tech) pkg, Adaptive Cruise Control and Cargo Accessory pkg. Our 2010 Ford Fusion was an "almost" Accord beater--so close, but missed in too many small ways that were irritating. The Edge has corrected all those flaws: precision steering, better braking, much better seats, superior center console design (except for those cupholders; what in the world were they thinking?!?!?). Put it into "D" and drive with confidence, right off the bat. MySync 3 is easy to use, even for non-techies. But....slip it into "S" for Sport handling, and WOWIE !! Clark Kent vanishes and Superman takes his place! The moment your foot touches the accelerator, however gently, you'll feel the immediate difference. The already good handling tightens up and the car takes off like the proverbial rocket (despite hefty size/weight). We flung it around tight corners on back country roads for an hour and had to seriously restrain ourselves! It handles so precisely, so cleanly; that after a short time you forget you are tossing almost 5000 lb. of tall high SUV around and not a 3400 lb. low-slung roadster. Mind you, it's not as amazing as the Mondeo suspension used on the old Ford Contour, but we've driven (and owned) several other SUVs and none of them had this kind of flat-out FUN driveability. This is practicality wrapped around a fine driver's car. There are a few minor flaws: the center console cupholders are in a ridiculous place compared to other Ford models (your elbows run into them while driving). Our car, factory ordered (we did not want a moonroof), has a set of auxiliary headlights not working that the service dept. needs to fix. The cargo cover has an overly complicated close/open design vastly inferior to other mfgs. And.....well, premium gas is recommended, even though it can use regular. But you'll get better performance and (according to some advice from someone who is familiar with Ford turbos) in the long run, better gas mileage as well, by using premium. BTW, far more comfortable than the new Lexus 350, whose seats are now thinner and less cushy. Only real flaws: Dumb cupholder position (should be vertically along passenger side, not horizontal where driver's arm runs into it). Front seat is too high, even at lowest point: are all Ford engineers 6'5" tall with long legs? Fusion had same issue!



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Features and Specs for the 2017 Ford Edge SUV


Highlights

  • FUEL ECONOMY (CTY/HWY) 20/27 mpg
  • CAR TYPE SUV
  • TRANSMISSION 6-speed Shiftable Automatic
  • BASIC WARRANTY 3 Yr./ 36000 Mi.
  • BLUETOOTH Yes
  • HEATED SEATS Yes
  • ENGINE TYPE Gas
  • TOTAL SEATING 5
  • CYLINDERS Inline 4
  • DRIVE TRAIN All Wheel Drive
  • CONSUMER RATING
  • NAVIGATION No

Colors

Exterior Colors

Blue Jeans Metallic Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Canyon Ridge Metallic Ingot Silver Metallic Magnetic Metallic Oxford White Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat Shadow Black White Gold Metallic White Platinum Tri-Coat Metallic

Interior Colors

Dune, leather Dune, premium cloth Ebony, leather Ebony, premium cloth

Specifications

LENGTH 15ft 8.1in
WIDTH 6ft 3.9in
HEIGHT
5ft 8.6in
Body style illustration may not reflect the actual shape of this vehicle.

Exterior Measurements

5 ft. 8.6 in. (68.6 in.) 15 ft. 8.1 in. (188.1 in.)
9 ft. 4.2 in. (112.2 in.) 6 ft. 3.9 in. (75.9 in.)

Interior Measurements

40.2 in. 55.9 in.
42.6 in. 60.3 in.
40.3 in. 57.5 in.
40.6 in. 60.5 in.

Fuel

23 20/27 mpg
Premium unleaded (recommended) N/A

Weights and Capacities

153.1 cu.ft. 39.2 cu.ft.

DriveTrain

All wheel drive 6-speed shiftable automatic

Engine & Performance

2.0 L Gas
Double overhead cam (DOHC) Inline 4
245 hp @ 5500 rpm 275 ft-lbs. @ 3000 rpm
Variable 16

Suspension

  • Four-wheel independent suspension

  • Front and rear stabilizer bar

Warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi. 5 yr./ 60000 mi.
5 yr./ 60000 mi.

Features

Interior Features

1st Row Seats


bucket

1ST_ROW_SEATING_CAPACITY:2
2ND_ROW_SEATING_CAPACITY:3
total_seating:5

2nd Row Seats


40-60 split bench
split folding
folding

Standard seating shown. Other seating may be available as optional equipment.

Front Seats

  • 2 -way manual passenger seat adjustment

  • 6 -way power passenger seat

  • 8 -way power driver seat

  • Bucket front seats

  • Height adjustable driver seat

  • Height adjustable passenger seat

  • Premium cloth

  • Driver seat with power adjustable lumbar support

Rear Seats

  • Folding center armrest

  • Rear ventilation ducts

  • Reclining rear seats

  • Split-folding rear seatback

Power Features

  • 2 one-touch power windows

  • Hands-free entry

  • Heated mirrors

Instrumentation

  • Clock

  • Compass

  • External temperature display

  • Tachometer

  • Trip computer

Convenience

  • Cruise control

  • Electric power steering

  • Front and rear cupholders

  • Front and rear door pockets

  • Front seatback storage

  • Keyless ignition

  • Overhead console with storage

  • Rear parking sensors

  • Rear view camera

  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

  • Transmission, cruise and audio controls on steering wheel

  • Destination Download*

  • Destination guidance (also Turn-by-Turn Navigation)*

  • Mobile Internet (Browser)*

Comfort

  • Electrochromatic inside rearview mirror

  • Interior air filtration

  • Leather steering wheel

  • Turn signal in mirrors

  • Climate control

  • Dual illuminating vanity mirrors

In Car Entertainment

  • 6 Months of provided satellite radio service

  • 6 total speakers

  • USB connection

  • Auxiliary audio input and USB with external media control

  • Radio data system

  • Satellite radio satellite radio

  • Speed sensitive volume control

  • AM/FM stereo

* SYNC is offered through a subscription based service or requires a compatible mobile device.

Features

Exterior Features

Roof and Glass

  • Intermittent rear wiper

  • Privacy glass

  • Rear defogger

  • Variable intermittent wipers

Body

  • Rear spoiler

Tires and Wheels

  • Inside mounted spare tire

  • Painted alloy wheels

  • Temporary spare tire

  • 18 in. wheels

  • 245/60R18 tires

  • All season tires

Doors

  • Fixed lifgate window

  • Rear liftgate door

Towing and Hauling

  • Cargo tie downs

Safety Features

  • 2 front headrests

  • 3 rear headrests

  • Auto delay off headlamps

  • Child seat anchors

  • Daytime running lights

  • Dual front side-mounted airbags

  • Dusk sensing headlamps

  • Engine immobilizer

  • Front and rear head airbags

  • Post-collision safety system

  • Stability control

  • Tire pressure monitoring

  • Traction control

  • 4-wheel ABS

  • Emergency braking assist

  • Front and rear ventilated disc brakes

  • Passenger airbag occupant sensing deactivation

  • Rear center 3-point belt

  • Rear door child safety locks

  • Rear height adjustable headrests

  • Turn signal mirrors

  • Airbag Deployment Notification*

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Options

Packages

  • Class II Trailer Tow Package w/Trailer Sway Control

  • Utility Package

  • Equipment Group 201A

  • Cargo Accessory Package

  • Equipment Group 200A

  • Technology Package

  • Cold Weather Package

Exterior Options

  • 235/60R18 All-Season Snow Chain Compatible Tires

  • Front License Plate Bracket

  • Black Roof Rack Side Rails

  • Panoramic Vista Roof

  • Locking Wheel Nuts

  • 18" Polished Aluminum Wheels

Interior Options

  • Dual Headrest Rear DVD Entertainment System

  • 2nd Row Outboard Inflatable Seat Belts

  • All-Weather Floor Mats

Mechanical Options

  • Engine Block Heater

  • 6-Speed SelectShift Automatic Transmission

  • 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 Engine

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