New & Used Ford Edge: In Depth
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The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover in the mid-size segment. It sits below the Flex and Explorer utes and above the Escape in Ford's family-utility-vehicle lineup. Ford has released a new Edge for the 2015 model year.
The Edge competes with a wide variety of vehicles, such as the Toyota Venza, the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain twins, and the Nissan Murano. It is directly related to the more luxurious Lincoln MKX crossover.
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A new Ford Edge arrives for the 2015 model year, riding atop the same mechanicals as the latest Ford Fusion. The styling cues are shared in part with the Fusion, and there are some BMW and Hyundai influences in the shoulder lines and six-sided grille. Inside, the Edge wears better interior finishes, and the dash shape has a close kinship with those in several Korean sport-utes, especially in the vent shapes and brightwork that bracket the dash and frame the central touchscreen.
Base Edge crossovers get a new 2.0-liter four with a twin-scroll turbocharger, good for 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive an option. This new base Edge is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, a substantial improvement from the previous version.
Of the two six-cylinders available, the more intriguing one is the twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 2.7-liter V-6 that comes standard in the Edge Sport. It's a new design also used in the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup. In the Edge, it produces 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque; it comes standard with active noise cancellation. For those who don't want turbocharging, Ford offers its normally aspirated, port-fuel-injected 3.5-liter V-6, making 280 horsepower. A six-speed automatic is standard on all Edge models, as are paddle shifters and a selectable sport driving mode.
The latest Edge uses a fully independent suspension. The Edge Sport has unique suspension tuning, with monotube dampers in the rear, as well as standard 20-inch wheels with 21s as an option. There's also a new electric power steering system for the pricier Sport and Titanium versions; it reduces the necessary wheel input at low speeds using special in-hub gearing.
Since the Edge now rides on the Fusion's platform, interior space is up. There's still no third-row seat, but there's more cargo space--up to 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat (an increase of 7 cubic feet), 73.4 behind the front seat (a 4.5-cubic-foot improvement)--and Ford claims there is more legroom in both rows.
Safety features now include a rearview camera on most models, as well as a new passenger knee airbag mounted in the glovebox frame. Other features include standard Bluetooth and an LCD audio display; options include parking assist that can handle both perpendicular and parallel parking, rear-seat inflatable seat belts, a handsfree liftgate, and heated and cooled seats.
The 2015 Ford Edge goes on sale early in 2015. A new infotainment system, dubbed Sync 3, will replace MyFord Touch in 2016 models, and it is expected to come to the Edge then as well. The new Edge will once again be joined by a Lincoln MKX that shares the same foundation and some powertrains while upping the luxury content and featuring its own interior and exterior design.
Ford Edge history
With the Edge, Ford finally came up with a satisfying answer to the car-based wagons that had been introduced by import brands--and it also found a way to make up for collapsing sales of the Ford Explorer, in the wake of the massive tire recall of 2000.
The first Edge was loosely based on a former version of the Mazda 6 sedan. Along with the Ford Fusion, which was introduced in the 2006 model year as well, the Ford Edge established a new design direction for Ford--totally contemporary, not dependent on past themes.
The first Edge had a somewhat limited appeal. The only engine was a 3.5-liter V-6 that made 265 horsepower, but it provided impressive acceleration through the six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard, with all-wheel drive an option. Ford made no attempt to position the Edge as a rugged vehicle or one meant for off-roading; instead, it let the Edge establish itself with urban buyers more concerned with good ride and handling.
The first Edge only offered two rows of seating for five. That choice was a good one, as it allowed space for five adults and a large cargo space with quite a low load floor. The Edge has stuck to this two-row layout throughout its existence.
A thoroughly refreshed Ford Edge arrived for the 2011 model year. Along with a more powerful 285-horsepower V-6, it incorporated a neatly redesigned instrument panel, upgraded interior materials, and refined sheetmetal and appearance details throughout. The Edge's basic shape and interior configuration remained the same.
A new engine option was added for the 2012 model year in the form of Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder. With the six-speed automatic and only in front-drive form, this Edge became the most economical optional, with a 30-mpg highway fuel economy rating.
The Edge was one of the first vehicles to get the new MyFord touch-screen interface system, which uses Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls to direct audio, phone and navigation systems, with an LCD touchscreen as the display.
For the 2013 and 2014 model years, the Edge changed only slightly. All-wheel drive was added as an option on SE models, and the model's six-speed automatic gained a sport mode.