2010 Ford Edge Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor
October 12, 2009

If you don't require a third-row seat, the 2010 Ford Edge remains a satisfying alternative in the crowded pack of mid-size crossovers.

TheCarConnection.com has covered all the bases by looking to a wide range of review sources relevant to the 2010 Ford Edge. In addition to conveying information from those reports, TheCarConnection.com's editors have driven the Ford Edge and added some firsthand observations and insights to form a comprehensive review.

The Ford Edge manages to look a little different in a class of vehicles that tend to all blur together. Like most newer so-called crossover designs, the 2010 Ford Edge rides and drives more like a car—a tall wagon—than a sport-utility vehicle, while its overall packaging is a good substitute for those who have moved on from an Explorer or Expedition. Ford has in recent years started its cars with an "F" and its trucks with an "E," but make no mistake, the Edge is very carlike in its performance.

From either the front or the side, the Edge's blunt nose and bright, overchromed grille are the dominant design features. Otherwise, the smoothly arched roofline and tasteful, understated rear details combine for one of the more attractive crossover profiles. Inside, the 2010 Edge feels a lot more straightforward and traditional. Materials and surfaces don't quite match the best ones Ford has applied recently in other models, but the upright seating position and an instrument panel that's more like a sport sedan's than an SUV's are both positives.

A 3.5-liter, 265-horsepower V-6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission are offered across the 2010 Ford Edge lineup, and power is delivered by either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The combination has plenty of power to move the Edge briskly, even with a full load or on steep hills, but it still doesn't come with the manual controls that are the sign of a vehicle with sporting intentions. Nevertheless, the Edge is surprisingly entertaining to drive, with responsive handling and a suspension that's tuned just firmly enough for crisp handling without sacrificing ride quality.

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The 2010 Ford Edge becomes more fuel-efficient, with fuel-economy improvements of up to 2 mpg versus last year. EPA ratings now stand at 18 mpg city, 25 highway for the front-wheel-drive version.

Keep in mind that while many other models of the Edge's general size have third-row seating, the Edge has two rows and seating for five. But all five seating positions are ample for adults. Front seats are generous and supportive, while in back the bench seat is split 60/40 to fold forward or recline slightly. When folded, the backseats provide a level load floor, and with the front passenger seat folded the Edge can accommodate items up to eight feet long. However, the sloping rear window restricts the cargo area a bit. Each rear seat can also be folded manually using an industry-first single-hand release or automatically with an available EasyFold electro-mechanical remote release accessible from the rear cargo area.

Standard safety equipment includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, anti-lock brakes, front-seat side airbags, and side-curtain airbags. The 2010 Ford Edge gets top scores across nearly all of the federal-government and insurance-industry crash tests, and it has been an IIHS Top Safety Pick.

Standout features available on the 2010 Ford Edge include Ford's SYNC system for controlling entertainment and communication systems, a voice-activated navigation system, and a new, large, panorama-style Vista Roof. A power liftgate is optional, as are 20-inch chromed wheels and brassy red-trimmed front seats. New last year was Sirius Travel Link, a useful optional feature that provides real-time traffic and weather information, as well as current gas prices at nearby gas stations.

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Styling

The 2010 Ford Edge is good-looking but not stunning—and a bit conservative inside.

The Ford Edge was just introduced for 2008, but two years later the crossover utility landscape has changed quite a bit, and the Edge is no longer a fresh face. That said, it still looks good and last year a new Sport model brightened up the Edge's appearance and performance.

Most reviewers describe the styling of the Ford Edge favorably. Car and Driver says "the styling is terrific," and while Cars.com describes it as "a bulky wagon," they don't necessarily mean that in a bad way, since they go on to assert that the Edge is "a good-looking ... capable crossover."

Last year the newcomer to the lineup was the Ford Edge Sport, which offers significant visual enhancements over the base models. Road & Track reports that the Ford Edge Sport "gains an 8-piece body kit and standard 20-in. wheels (with optional 22s)." The other major change, according to Cars.com, is the inclusion of "smoked taillights and headlamps."

On the inside, the 2010 Ford Edge isn't nearly as well received. Although it doesn't have any glaring deficiencies, some reviewers point out that it's just a little plain and conservative. The gripes about the interior are pretty well summarized by Kelley Blue Book reviewers, who feel that the "more familiar interior styling doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by its cutting-edge sheetmetal, but it's nonetheless attractive." ConsumerGuide gives the interior high marks for its utility though, saying "the climate controls are handy and simple to use," while "the gauges and available navigation screen are easy to read for the most part." Road & Track is pleased with what might be an inadvertent combination, explaining that the interior seats feature "a pleasing fuzzy cloth insert done in a small checkered pattern" that, when "combined with the acid-dipped aluminum center console," helps the Ford Edge Sport to achieve the "somewhat old-school character of a sports car."

New for 2010 is a Limited Interior Appearance Package, which combines Sienna leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitched trim for the seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, plus additional brushed-aluminum trim.

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Performance

The 2010 Ford Edge has a sweet engine and capable handling overall, but many of the details are lacking.

The 2010 Ford Edge manages to fit a mostly carlike feel into a very versatile, high-utility package. With a capable engine and good suspension tuning, it's capable, if not tremendously satisfying.

A 3.5-liter V-6 is the only engine offered on the Ford Edge, making 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, but nearly everyone likes it. ConsumerGuide testers report that the 2009 Ford Edge "has good power from a stop," and the factory claims of 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds "feels about right." Kelley Blue Book heaps praise on the Ford Edge's engine as well, commenting that "more significant than how quickly the Edge was able to merge and pass was how pleasantly it did so, with none of the racket and drama we might have expected from such a vehicle only a few years ago."

While there's a lot to love about the engine, the transmission doesn't always cooperate, according to reviews. The lack of manual shift control is one of the main complaints, but some gripe about hesitation and hunting. ConsumerGuide says the Ford Edge "is available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive," but in either version the Ford Edge can be "hesitant to downshift without a deep stab of the gas pedal." The transmission "tends to hunt annoyingly at highway cruising speeds," according to Car and Driver, while Kelley Blue Book says that, "for the small percentage of drivers that would utilize it, the Edge's lack of manumatic shift capability could be a disappointment."

For 2010, Ford claims it has been able to improve fuel economy by 1-2 mpg across the model line without blunting performance in any way. EPA ratings now stand at 18 mpg city, 25 highway for the front-wheel-drive version and 17/23 with all-wheel drive.

Cars.com reports that the Edge can "tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped."

Sources run the gamut on handling. ConsumerGuide loves the Ford Edge's suspension, noting that the Ford Edge, when equipped with 18-inch wheels, "smothers bumps better than many competitive crossovers," though they warn that the ride suffers with the larger 20- or 22-inch wheels. Kelley Blue Book warns that "the Ford Edge doesn't corner as aggressively as its sporty appearance may suggest," but the reviewer also says that the Edge "hits the mass-appeal sweet spot in ride and handling." Cars.com finds fault with the brakes, calling "the pedal mushy and stopping power only fair."

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Comfort & Quality

A long road trip in the 2009 Ford Edge shouldn't be a problem, thanks to its above-average cargo capacity and very comfortable seats.

The interior of the 2010 Ford Edge is spacious, comfortable, and accommodating, though again here when reviewers take a closer look at the details, some are slightly disappointed.

Unlike some vehicles this size, in which you'll often find a small, tight third row of seats, the 2010 Ford Edge has just two rows of seating, good for a total of five. Cars.com reports that the Edge is "easy to get in and out [of] without climbing" thanks to its "car-based design." After easing through the doors, occupants will find themselves inside a "roomy interior with ample space for five," notes Car and Driver. ConsumerGuide raves about the layout of the front seats, stating that "legroom is ample" and "even with the Vista Roof, six-footers will have sufficient headroom" while enjoying the "all-day comfortable" front seats. Kelley Blue Book observes that the Ford Edge has "an especially roomy back seat with reclining seatbacks and a center console big enough to swallow a laptop or purse," and ConsumerGuide adds that "the rear bench is supportive and offers generous legroom, knee clearance, and foot space."

Passenger space isn't the Edge's only strength; it also has quite generous cargo space and good versatility for larger loads. ConsumerGuide says that the Ford Edge "has generous cargo space, even with the rear seatbacks raised." Car and Driver finds that "cargo room behind the rear seats [is] 32 cubic feet, 70 cubes with the rear seatbacks folded." Cars.com notes that "for 2009, Ford has added passenger grab handles and a cargo management system for better cargo and passenger flexibility," while also mentioning that the Ford Edge features a "generously sized center console storage bin."

The cabin of the 2010 Ford Edge is a surprisingly refined place, with a few exceptions. Cars.com says it's "noticeably quiet" at highway speeds but adds that "engine sound penetrates when it's working its hardest." ConsumerGuide calls it "gruff in full-throttle acceleration," yet both reviewers are impressed with how composed the engine is when cruising.

Taking a closer look at details inside the cabin, several reviewers find faults and areas for improvement, subpar materials being the most frequent complaints. Edmunds reports that "many of the interior materials are of low quality." ConsumerGuide points out that "hard plastic trim dominates Edge's cabin, but most pieces don't look cheap." On the positive side, Road & Track reviewers appreciate the "thicker, leather-wrapped steering wheel with white stitching," and "pleasing fuzzy cloth insert" in the seats, which add a small dose of upscale ambiance.

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Safety

The 2010 Ford Edge has the safety features and occupant protection to give family buyers peace of mind.

Safety is typically a top priority for family shoppers, and a number of indicators point to the 2010 Ford Edge as one of the safest choices.

The Ford Edge racks up top five-star ratings from the federal government, except for a four-star front passenger impact score. In IIHS tests, the Edge also earns top "good" ratings, along with the organization's Top Safety Pick designation.

Cars.com declares that the "Edge's crashworthiness is top-notch." According to Car and Driver, the 2010 Ford Edge features "a panoply of safety equipment" that includes "front, front side, and curtain airbags." Ford notes that the Edge features "the latest version of SYNC which adds 911 Assist—with no monthly fees." Cars.com reports that additional safety features include "standard electronic stability system with rollover mitigation" and "standard blind spot mirror."

Visibility is often an issue in crossover vehicles, which tend to be tall, with high beltlines and rear pillars that amplify typical blind spots. Cars.com finds that "visibility is pretty good to the rear," but for those pesky blind spots, they note that the Ford Edge offers a "standard blind spot mirror" and available "reverse sensing sonar" on SEL, Limited, and Sport models. ConsumerGuide says that the "low dashboard and chair-height seats provide good overall visibility."

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Features

The 2010 Ford Edge comes well equipped, but beware—if you want top features, you'll need to step up to the pricier SEL.

The Ford Edge offers a wide range of features and options, with some of the best ones only offered on the uplevel SEL. Yet the base SE remains an especially strong value for those who don't need all the frills.

Unlike some base models, the Ford Edge SE doesn't shout "cheap." ConsumerGuide reports that the Ford Edge SE includes full power accessories and an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection," and "variable-intermittent wipers." Stepping up to the Ford Edge SEL adds a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, 6-way power driver seat," ConsumerGuide says, plus an in-dash six-disc CD/MP3 changer and satellite radio. The Limited model is even more luxurious, and Car and Driver contends it is "already as well equipped as the average army base," offering standard heated leather seats, dual-zone climate controls, an upgraded sound system, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.

There are certainly some very desirable options offered on the 2010 Ford Edge, but Car and Driver points out that "options are tied to the model," meaning that they're not all available on every trim level. For example, Cars.com reports that the "optional voice-activated navigation system" and "dual-screen DVD entertainment system with screens integrated into headrests" are not available on the SE version of the Ford Edge. One of the standout features found on the new Ford Edge, according to Cars.com, is the "SYNC hands-free system, a joint venture with Microsoft ... [that] allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and MP3 players with steering-wheel buttons and voice commands." Another headline addition is Sirius Travel Link, which gives traffic and weather reports, along with fuel prices that can be sorted by price and distance.

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