Actual rating will vary with options, driving conditions, habits and vehicle condition.
The standard features of the Ford Edge SE include EcoBoost 2.0L I-4 245hp intercooled turbo engine, 6-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, Safety Canopy System curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver and passenger knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 18" aluminum wheels, cruise control, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability.
Starting at: $28,700
|SE Search New||$28,700||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||21 / 30|
|SE Search New||$30,695||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||20 / 28|
|SEL Search New||$31,790||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||21 / 30|
|SEL Search New||$33,785||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||20 / 28|
|Titanium Search New||$35,600||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||21 / 30|
|Titanium Search New||$37,595||245-hp 2.0L 4-cyl||6-spd auto||20 / 28|
|Sport Search New||$40,900||315-hp 2.7L 6-cyl||6-spd auto||17 / 24|
In terms of the driving experience, don’t expect much edginess from an Edge. What you do get are precision and responsiveness, with what might be called subdued sharpness.
Though quiet and well-isolated, ride quality is firm. Sport models approach stiff. Even so, excellent body control and impressive road feel are achieved without making the ride excessively harsh.
Handling is in the direction of a premium German vehicle. Steering has a precise, reassuring feel, tracking well on straightaways. Sport models have different dampers and spring rates, plus 21-inch wheels. They also have heftier on-center steering feel. Brakes deliver strong stopping power.
Each powertrain feels different. Drivability of the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost has been improved and turbo lag reduced, making it energetic enough for most drivers. Because it’s so smooth, frequent downshifts aren’t needed. Engine stop/start technology is available for the EcoSport. Note that running this engine on regular-grade gasoline drops power output significantly.
The Sport model’s 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 delivers vigorous acceleration performance, gurgling and purring like a five-cylinder, while delivering abundant energy, especially at midrange engine speeds. We like its smooth, somewhat muted characteristics.
Ford’s 6-speed automatic transmission performs well, with quick, crisp downshifts. Steering-wheel paddle shifters may be used after pulling the shift lever to the sport position.
Second-generation styling modified the Edge’s SUV-type silhouette, giving it more of a premium appearance without altering its basic appeal. Body surfaces look as if they would be appropriate in a BMW model. Blacked-out detailing on the Edge Sport suggests a leaning toward athleticism that was previously absent.
All sheetmetal was reshaped for 2015, with each detail reworked. Designers altered the grille’s crossbars and went light on the chrome, for an understated theme. Fresh bodyside sculpting helped make the design a little lighter-looking. Wraparound taillamps, coupled with the prominent, sloping back pillars, give the Edge a touch of sport-wagon styling.
This latest version of the Edge has some of the best interior materials and trim in the class. The dashboard is nicely shaped and highlighted by abundant, well-coordinated soft-touch materials and neat detailing, making the cockpit feel welcoming and upscale. The cabin is quiet and refined, and quite versatile.
Front-seat positioning is fine, but cushioning and proportions in upper trim levels aren’t quite up to par. Bottom cushions are somewhat short and skimpy for adequate thigh support.
Interior functions are easy to operate: A large round knob changes audio volume. Climate controls are carefully identified. Buttons adjust the Titanium’s heated/cooled front seats. Edge also benefits from a reconfigurable instrument cluster, controlled by steering-wheel switches.
Getting in and out is easy, and the high seating position helps. Headroom is good, and the driver gets a good view ahead. Back-seat legroom and knee space should satisfy long-legged adults. However, that rear bench is somewhat hard and flat. Note: The Titanium model’s Vista Roof steals headroom.
Fold the seatbacks forward, and you get plenty of cargo space (73.4 cubic feet). Just about everywhere you look, storage space is available.
The Ford Edge features a nice interior with advanced safety technology as an option. We like the responsive 2.7-liter V6 best, though the 2.0-liter four-cylinder is an efficient choice. The panoramic Vista Roof and Active Park Assist come only on Titanium and Sport.
Driving impressions by Bengt Halvorson, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.
The 2016 Ford Edge comes in four trim levels: Edge SE ($28,700) comes standard with air conditioning Sync connectivity. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,995). Edge SEL ($31,790) upgrades with cloth-upholstered seats, dual-zone climate control.
Edge Sport features the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, special trim and performance upgrades.
Edge Titanium ($35,600) adds a hands-free tailgate and 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio. Options include a panoramic Vista Roof, 180-degree front camera, and heated rear seats. Active Park Assist lets the Edge steer itself into a space while you operate the accelerator and brake.
Safety features include a rearview camera and a glovebox-mounted knee airbag. Extra-cost safety features: adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keep assist, and inflatable rear seatbelts.