- Choice of EcoBoost, V-6 power
- Connectivity of MyFord Touch
- Adult-sized back seat
- Patience required to master MyFord Touch
- Throttle's a little touchy
- Sport, Limited versions are pricey
The 2013 Ford Edge cuts through the crossover clutter with a 30-mpg turbo model, MyFord Touch's step-ahead connectivity, and exceptional interior room.
The Ford Edge has never been a sport-utility vehicle, in the truest sense. It was conceived of as a crossover vehicle, with all-weather duty in mind, and never has pretended to the dirty authenticity the SUV crowd demands. As a tall-roofed family wagon, the Edge cuts through the clutter of Ford's wagon lineup nicely, with its spacious interior and spare styling; for 2013, it's even better at saving gas and connecting to the outside world, though each of those choices comes with its own compromises.
The Edge was most recently updated in the 2011 model year, when it upped its base 3.5-liter V-6 by 20 horsepower to 285 hp, bettered its six-speed automatic and its handling, and upgraded the Sport's 3.7-liter to 305 hp. Last year, Ford dropped a new twist into the Edge, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four rated at 240 horsepower, good for decent acceleration and lineup-leading highway gas mileage of 30 mpg. It's a wide spread of performance, but it neatly bridges the five-seat experience now from Escape to Explorer, something it couldn't do without the front-drive EcoBoost model. The 30-mpg model is frankly pretty strained for acceleration with anything more than one passenger aboard, so don't wave off those stops at the QT until you've taken your own test-drive.
All Edge crossovers comport themselves with a carlike feel. They have a firm but not busy ride, relatively quick steering, and the kind of predictable tall-wagon handling that makes them great choices for family commuters and carpoolistas--even the Edge Sport, with its massive 22-inch wheels.
One of four Ford crossovers--there's also a new Escape this year, joining the Explorer and Flex--the 2013 Edge wears its mostly tasteful clothes well. We're not the most ardent fans of the VW-style grille that starts high at the hoodline and goes low, all the way to the chin spoiler, but otherwise it's neatly put together and free of built-in blemishes. The cockpit's a fault-free zone,depending on your take on MyFord Touch. It's almost devoid of button clutter, tightly built, and in this generation (since 2011), blessed with much-improved interior materials.
The Edge hasn't earned the best safety scores from the NHTSA, but the IIHS calls it a Top Safety Pick. With standard curtain airbags and anti-lock controls, the Edge can be upgraded with blind-spot monitors, parking sensors and a rearview camera, but it lacks the latest options for features like inflatable rear seatbelts found on the seven-seat Explorer and Flex crossovers.
All Edges get a USB port for music players; a capless fuel filler; and MyKey, which lets parents program in speed and volume limits for their younger drivers. Then there's MyFord Touch, which uses Bluetooth and touchscreens to take the place of dozens of buttons and switches, rendering the dash neat and clean while relying on voice or steering-wheel-button commands to drive secondary vehicle functions like navigation and climate control. It's complex, not always quick or precisely responsive--and sometimes maddening, a blip on the Edge's smooth personality.