New & Used Ford Edge: In Depth
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The Ford Edge is a mid-size crossover that seats up to five. It sits above the Escape and underneath the Flex and Explorer and the Ford lineup. It competes with other crossovers in the upper $20,000 range, including the Nissan Murano, Subaru Outback, GMC Terrain, and the Toyota Venza.
As with most of its rivals, the Ford Edge continues to offer a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines (including a turbo four), and front- or all-wheel drive.
With the Edge, Ford finally came up with a satisfying answer to the car-based wagons that had been on the rise from imported brands. Ford had counted on the Explorer too long, and after that SUV's disastrous recall in 2000 over tire treads, its sales plummeted. Vehicles like the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and the Murano began to take sales away from it before the Edge came along in the 2006 model year.
The Edge took its place alongside the station-wagon-like Ford Freestyle (Taurus X) people-mover. Both a little more fashionable than the Freestyle, and based loosely on a former version of the Mazda6 sedan, a model that was already commended for its handling and sprightly feel, the Edge promised a little more excitement and flair.
The Ford Edge was, and is, a mid-size crossover utility vehicle with front- or all-wheel drive. Today's versions are powered by a V-6 or a turbocharged four-cylinder, and they offer carlike handling and maneuverability, and a pleasant ride. Currently offered as the Edge and Edge Sport, the crossover takes on a range of vehicles including the Toyota Venza, Chevrolet Equinox, and Nissan Murano. That makes a good alternative to a sedan, or even a wagon or truck-based utility vehicle--but since it only offers two rows of seating it won't suit larger families.
Along with the Ford Fusion, which was introduced in the 2006 model year as well, the Ford Edge forged a new design direction for Ford in the middle of the Aughts, unmistakable because of their overly bright chrome slotted grilles and lipped wheel wells.
The appeal of the Edge was somewhat limited from the start for two reasons. For one, the Edge was only available in V-6 form, so those looking for a more fuel-efficient model had to instead consider a model such as the Toyota Highlander or Saturn Vue. Secondly, the Edge only offered two rows of seating for five, in a segment where there are plenty of vehicles the Edge's size that offer three.
The Edge's 3.5-liter Duratec V-6 makes 265 horsepower and was able to provide impressive acceleration through the six-speed automatic transmission, and the Edge's road-oriented all-wheel-drive helps send power to wherever it's needed for traction. Ford has made no attempt to position the Edge as a rugged vehicle or one meant for off-roading, but it does ride and handle well on the road.
The latter choice was a good one, as it allows space for five adults—including enough legroom for taller occupants to sprawl out and feel comfortable in the back seat. Though the seatbacks in the Edge don't fold completely flat, they do allow access to a lot more cargo space, and the cargo floor itself is quite low for a crossover wagon.
There are few common complaints regarding the Edge, but one of them is that its transmission selector doesn't have steering-wheel paddles or any manual selector to match its slightly sporty demeanor. Another issue to some is that the interior of the Edge just feels a little plain and drab, even if the layout is good.
Among many positives, the Edge has proven to be very reliable and it's held its resale value much better than the Explorer and Ford's larger SUVs. The Edge has also been a repeat Top Safety Pick winner for its strong safety performance and standard features.
A thoroughly refreshed Ford Edge arrived for the 2011 model year. Along with a more powerful 285-horsepower V-6, it includes a neat new redesigned instrument panel, upgraded interior materials, and refined sheetmetal and appearance details throughout.
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 becomes the most economical optional, with a 30-mpg highway fuel economy rating. This version was recalled in fall 2012 for a potential fire risk involving the EcoBoost engine, with fewer than 5,500 units involved in the action.
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. It receives the updates that streamline MyFord Touch's screens and displays as a part of the system's rolling updates.
For the 2013 model year, the Edge changes only slightly, adding all-wheel drive as an option on SE models, and upgrading its six-speed automatic to include a sport mode.