- Choice between V-6 or EcoBoost four
- MyFord Touch connectivity
- Adult-sized back seat
- MyFord Touch requires patience
- Touchy throttle
- Pricey Sport and Limited versions
An exceptionally comfortable interior, great connectivity, and a 30-mpg turbo model succeed in elevating the 2014 Ford Edge above the crossover clutter.
The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover that couples SUV space with a carlike driving feel. It's a less rugged-looking alternative to the big Explorer crossover, but bigger than Ford's Escape compact ute.
Essentially a tall-roofed family wagon, with a spacious tech-connected interior and punchy yet fuel-efficient powertrains, the Edge remains a good pick for small families, or empty nesters who need a little extra space.
Considering the Explorer, Flex, and Escape, Ford now has four different crossovers, each with a slightly different style and focus. As for the Edge, it's a little more rounded in profile yet very well-dressed when it comes to the details. The VW-style grille that starts high at the hoodline and goes low--all the way to the chin spoiler--isn't one of the Edge's high points, in our opinion, but otherwise the design is a winner inside and out, with a mix of sharp sheetmetal and pleasing contours. The cabin is pretty much a fault-free-zone--at least putting whatever your thoughts are about the MyFord Touch interface aside. The upgraded cabin materials and smoother look that Ford introduced for 2011 still stand up well today.
At the base level, the Edge moves briskly with its 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and six-speed automatic. The Sport model upgrades to a 3.7-liter making 305 hp, as well as upgraded handling, while those looking for better fuel economy will want the new 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four, rated at 240 hp. With it, the Edge gets a lineup-leading highway gas mileage of 30 mpg. Altogether, it neatly bridges the five-seat experience now from Escape to Explorer.
In terms of ride and handling, the Edge drives like a car with a high seating position. Ride quality tends to be on the firm side, but not at all busy, while steering response is quick yet relaxed on the highway. Its secure, predictable, and responsive driving character makes it a great choice for busy family commuters. The Edge Sport, with its massive 22-inch wheels, may be a little less comfort-oriented, but it's compliant enough for most.
Comfort and infotainment features are abundant, though. 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. MyFord Touch also replaces dozens of buttons and switches with voice controls, steering-wheel controls, and touch-screen menus. Options on the Edge include a fantastic glass Vista Roof, adaptive cruise control, leather upholstery (where it's not standard), blind-spot monitors, and on the SEL, a power tailgate.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls the Edge a Top Safety Pick, although in federal testing its four-star overall rating and three-star frontal rating are far from segment-leading. The Edge can be upgraded with blind-spot monitors, parking sensors and a rearview camera, but it lacks the latest options for features like the inflatable rear seatbelts found on the seven-seat Explorer and Flex crossovers.
One final note: An all-new Edge is on the way. Ford has already previewed the redesigned 2015 Edge -- in the form of the Ford Edge Concept that made its debut this past year at the Los Angeles Auto Show.