Looking for a two-row crossover that will fit your family of five with room to spare and still slot into your garage with ease? Then check out the 2017 Ford Edge. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.
JOSH SADLIER: This is automotive editor Josh Sadlier with an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Ford Edge. The Edge is kind of an unusual vehicle. It's a mid-size crossover with only two rows. But if you're interested in something with a little extra style and potential a little extra performance, the Edge could hit the spot. In particular, if you get the Sport model, it's got a 2.7-liter twin turbo V6 pumping out a ton of power. It even sounds like a V8. They pump some sound through the speakers to do that for you. The Sport's definitely a trip. But even the regular Edge with the 2-liter turbo, it's a pretty good choice for this class. Step inside the Edge and, again, you're not going to find a third row seat. That's a little surprising these days in a vehicle of this size. But if you only need two rows, the Edge, again, is a compelling proposition, especially given that it's significantly cheaper than a similar luxury vehicle like the Lexus RX. Plenty of room in the back for a couple of tall people. Up front you've got the SYNC 3 infotainment system, which is massively better than the MyFord Touch system it recently replaced. It's one of the best you'll find at this price point. Overall, the Edge gives off a futuristic vibe inside. It's a pretty cool car. There's not much that competes with it. Maybe a Murano, maybe a Grand Cherokee. But the Ford's one of the best. For more Edmunds Expert Rundowns, click the link to subscribe.
The 2017 Ford Edge is a different sort of crossover SUV. It's big, but only has two rows of seats. It's light on off-road pretense, but has a muscular road presence more like a big American sedan of the 1960s. And while it has a rear hatch like a proper SUV, the tail is kind of foreshortened and that limits cargo space. If you want something more family-friendly, Ford will happily put you into a three-row-equipped Explorer instead. If you'd like a smaller crossover, Ford has the Escape. But if you want something with some attitude and heft, here's the Edge.
So think of the Edge as something more personal and expressive than other crossovers. It's wide enough so three adults can sit across the rear seat (it helps if at least one of them is slim) and tall enough so you can wear your top hat inside.
The budget-minded Edge SE comes with a thrifty 245-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four. The nicely trimmed SEL and luxurious Titanium models are available with either the turbo four or an optional 3.7-liter, naturally aspirated 280-hp V6. The Edge Sport, meanwhile, comes with a truly muscular 315-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. All are backed by a six-speed automatic transmission, and all-wheel drive is optional.
Front-drive Edge models equipped with the EcoBoost four are EPA-rated at a combined 24 mpg (21 city/29 highway). With all-wheel drive and the 3.5-liter V6, the Edge is rated at 19 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway). Grab the Sport model with the mighty EcoBoost V6 and it's rated identically to the 3.5, but with 1 mpg better in combined mileage at 24 mpg.
The Edge is a compelling choice for the empty-nester with one grandkid, or the single person who likes SUVs but doesn't want to be stigmatized as driving a mommy-mobile. It handles great, the relatively short length makes it easy to park and it can truly rocket when the twin-turbo V6 is under its hood.
Maybe a nearby Ford dealer has exactly the right 2017 Ford Edge already in inventory for you. Or you'd like to order one that's tweaked to your persnickety tastes. Either way, Edmunds is here to make sure you get exactly the Edge you want at a keen price.
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