It was at the top of list for Crossovers I test drove. The following are list of the competitors I also test drove: BMW 1series and 3series, Audio-Q3 and Q5, Lincoln MKC and X, Lexus NX Turbo - it blew away the competition with its turbo charged 300+HP. Fully-loaded it beat all the competition on the price of a lease: zero down and zero due at signing MSRP $46 - $52K with payments of $600 - $700/mo. @ 20K/year. Yes you can get any of the above models mentioned in price I mentioned; but Edge Sport was the only one with every option available. When you add more options to the competition you are in the $700 to $800 range. The edge comes with two flaws, the first is front seat suede inserts (the only seats available on this model). You may think it is a nice touch and while you are correct it looks classy, the suede does not allow the driver to move easily in the seat as you cannot slide and therefore finding a comfortable spot can be very difficult and if have a bad back (like I do) it disqualifies itself. Also the suede picks up lint and may fade over time. The second flaw is a below average audio system. Some may argue it is high end Sony, but compared to the competition: Revel, Bang and Olufsen, Harmon Kardon and Mark Levinson it pales in comparison. I would much rather spend an extra $1,000 - $2,000 on upgraded audio than a sunroof. I feel is the sunroof is the biggest waste of money in the car industry today. It usually comes standard on top of line models or in package. It is very misleading, most think you get it for nothing, but it really costs the consumer $1,200 - $2,000; in the Lincoln MKZ it was over $3,000. I have had to pay for one in the last four cars I have owned (they came standard) and used it maybe 3X. I would bet if you asked the buying public if they had $1,000-$2,000 to spend on upgrades or keep in their pockets, they would choose something else or not spend the extra money. Pro and Cons: Pros: cabin was well insulated, sporty look, fit and finish, plenty of room, horsepower best in class, technology. Cons: ride a bit rough due to 20" tires, suede inserts on front seat (only option), audio system, gas mileage.
My Edge has over 7,000 miles now and I'm very happy with my purchase. Very smooth ride, good acceleration with nice features. Its a perfect size with room for people and cargo yet we've been getting 25 to 27 combined mpg.
We had a 2008 Edge that was traded for this one. We loved the handling and use of the old one. This one is superior because of the new improvements in size, styling, navigation, audio, internet, and more we haven't checked out yet. Only have had it a month. It is so quiet on the road and smooth.
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!
I had a VW TDI and knew VW was going to be buying my VW back so I had many months to shop for the perfect car for me. I test drove them all numerous times and each time I came back to the Ford Edge. I wanted a vehicle that was sturdy on the road, solid when you closed the door and quite on the road....and it needed to have plenty of power. That is what the Ford Edge gave me! Because this care was so smooth on the road and luxurious inside, I decided to go with a black color since it made me feel like I was riding in a sedan made to drive a world leader. I look forward to driving this car everyday!