New & Used Ford Edge: In Depth
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The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover that can seat up to five passengers. Larger than the Escape and smaller than the Explorer and the Flex, it's a rival for vehicles like the Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain, the Toyota Venza, and the Nissan Murano.
A new Edge set to go on sale early in 2015 will mark the third generation of the popular utility vehicle.
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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 more 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 the norm, but all-wheel drive was 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 second-generation Edge
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 its six-speed automatic gained a sport mode.
The new Ford Edge
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 the six-sided grille. Inside, the Edge wears better interior finishes, and the dash shape itself has a close kinship with the 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 new twin-scroll turbocharger, 245 horsepower, and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic will be standard, with all-wheel drive an option. This new base Edge will be capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, a substantial change from the previous version.
Of the two six-cylinders to come, the more intriguing one is the twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 2.7-liter V-6 that will be standard in the Edge Sport. It's a new design already promised for the 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, where it's been pegged at 320 horsepower. In the Edge, Ford says it will put out more than 300 horsepower, and will sport active noise cancellation. For those who don't want turbocharging--or direct injection--Ford will offer its normally aspirated 3.5-liter V-6, making 265 horsepower. On any Edge, a six-speed automatic is standard, as are paddle shifters, and normal and and sport driving modes.
The new Edge has a fully independent suspension, and the Sport model gets its own damper and spring rates, as well as rear monotube dampers, and standard 21-inch wheels, with 20s as an option. Sport and Titanium models also get a new steering system that reduces the amount of wheel input needed at lower speeds.
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 (up 7 cu ft), 73.4 behind the front seat (up 4.5 cu ft)--and Ford claims more legroom in both rows.
Safety features now include a rearview camera on most models, and a new new knee airbag mounted in the glovebox frame. Other features include standard Bluetooth and an LCD audio display; options include parking assist with perpendicular parking, rear-seat inflatable seat belts, a handsfree liftgate and heated and cooled seats.The 2015 Ford Edge goes on sale very early in 2015.