Ford's Edge crossover has been kind of the quiet solider in the company's SUV fleet, being overshadowed by the Flex and the upcoming 2011 Explorer. But that doesn't mean its been forgotten.
In fact, the Edge is one of the first Ford vehicles to receive the company's new MyFordTouch System, which eschews traditional buttons and knobs in favor of an iPod-inspired touch screen system that also uses voice-recognition commands through Ford's Sync system.
Before we get into too much detail about MyFordTouch, let's touch on a few basics. The 2011 Edge upgrades start with a new front fascia, new hood, new front fenders, new taillamps, and new designs for the 18- and 20-inch wheels.
Edge is available in SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport trims, with three available engines, although only two of those engines are available immediately. Right now, SE, SEL, and Limited trims will be available with a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 285 horsepower, and the Sport gets a 3.7-liter V-6 that is lifted from the company's Mustang pony car and makes 305 horsepower. Later in the year, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine will come online.
All engines in this five-seat crossover mate to a six-speed automatic transmission that offers manumatic shifting, and Sport models offer paddle shifting. The Sport also has a sport-tuned suspension and 22-inch wheels.
Available Edge features include satellite radio, a blind-spot warning system, Ford's MyKey programmable key system, a rear-view camera, second-row seats that recline, dual USB ports, a slot for an SD card, trailer-sway control, RCA jacks, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, a remote start, Ford's Sync multimedia system, a push-button start, remote keyless entry, a wireless cell phone link, and Ford's Easy Fuel capless fuel filler. Ford claims that the rear cargo area can handle items that are eight-feet long.
MyFordTouch is the big news here, since there really isn't anything else like it on the market. The design is meant to evoke MP3 players, and the inputs are setup similarly. Buttons and knobs are minimal, and the instrument cluster is digital and customizable. A large touch screen serves as host for four main menus: Phone, Climate, Navigation, and Entertainment. The navigation system can give directions in either standard turn-by-turn format or in optional map-based format (the map-based format offers "eco" routing which directs drivers to destinations by the most fuel-efficient route). Two five-way controllers on the steering wheel control the instrument panel configuration, and can be used to manipulate climate, phone, navigation, and audio functions. Other bonus features include the ability to replay songs heard on satellite radio, the ability to tag songs heard on the radio for later purchase, a "do not disturb" function that holds incoming phone calls and text messages for later, and even the ability to send directions to the car from a home computer, to be downloaded later.