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The 2012 Ford Edge sports the latest in-car technology; well-optioned models sport Lincoln-like prices.
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The location of the hazard signal at the base of the navigation screen is problematic.
Detroit News

The touch screen looks and works much better than similar setups we’ve criticized on Jaguars and Land Rovers, though it still lacks the instantaneous speed that characterizes those popular Apple devices.
Automobile Magazine

With an iPod connected to the car's USB port, we could play music merely by saying the name of an artist or album, and dial phone numbers by saying the name of a contact in our paired Bluetooth phone.
CNET

the technorati will fall in love with MyFord Touch
Kelley Blue Book

we had a few issues getting the onboard brain to comprehend our (apparently) muddled voices
Autoblog

The 2012 Ford Edge is well equipped in base form, from SE to SEL and Limited trim levels. All versions include air conditioning; tilt/telescope steering; power windows/locks/mirrors; a CD player with an auxiliary jack; and 17-inch wheels.

Opt into the SEL and the Edge gets power front seats, rear parking sensors, satellite radio and 22-inch wheels, as well as SYNC, the Bluetooth-driven system that allows drivers to control audio and phone features with voice commands. Limited models add leather upholstery and a rearview camera, Sony audio and HD Radio, and MyFord Touch, undoubtedly the high-tech calling card that made its debut in the Edge.

MyFord Touch has its detractors, even among our car experts, but it's a dramatic break with the buttons and knobs of the past, and a superior setup to the knob-driven controllers like iDrive, COMAND and MMI. With MyFord Touch, the SYNC system is connected with steering-wheel controls and a large touchscreen on the dash to govern the climate controls, audio, phone, and navigation.

Some of us think MyFord Touch is the best control system on the market. It lets drivers run all these systems with voice commands, or to cycle through and run many of the functions with those steering-wheel controls. With more than 10,000 recognized voice commands, we've found it the best way to change functions without losing concentration on the road ahead. Want to hear a track? Just say "play Beyonce," and you're crazy in love in a few milliseconds.

It's also possible to control those functions on the LCD touchscreen, which can be the least satisfying way because of the screen's slow responses and its crowded layouts. However, the LCD panel lets Ford drop dozens of buttons from the dash, leaving a clean center stack with just an optical slider or two for swipe controls.

MyFord Touch also includes basic turn-by-turn navigation delivered via the satellite-radio services, as well as the ability to port in Google Maps or Mapquest instructions via a paired smartphone.

There's also a Sport model, with the largest engine in the lineup, and its own set of features. A black-finished grille, smoked headlamps and taillamps, new cladding and fascias, and aluminum cockpit trim mark the high-line model, as do special sport leather seats.

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.

Conclusion

The 2012 Ford Edge sports the latest in-car technology; well-optioned models sport Lincoln-like prices.

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