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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
Heavy, which blunts performance from the otherwise fine, 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
Car and Driver
Ford claims AWD versions do 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds, which feels about right to us
Manages to provide both sporty handling and a smooth, quiet ride
Fulfills the promise of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) like no other example to date
Kelley Blue Book
The principle behind the crossover seems simple enough: Combine a sedan's handling and fuel economy with the space afforded by a mid-size SUV, and you're sure to have a runaway hit. That doesn’t always prove to be the case, with many of them ending up heavy and sluggish—and short on driving enjoyment—but the 2009 Ford Edge is one of the front-runners in the performance department, thanks to its capable engine and smooth ride.
The Ford 2009 Edge is motivated by a "standard 265-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with 250 pounds-feet of torque," according to Cars.com, and the engine helps the Ford Edge "tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped." ConsumerGuide testers report that the 2009 Ford Edge "has good power from a stop" and the factory claim of 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds "feels about right." Kelley Blue Book heaps praise on the Ford Edge's engine as well, reporting 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." Other reviews read by TheCarConnection.com serve only to reinforce these glowing reports on the Ford 2009 Edge's drivability.
While the engine on the 2009 Ford Edge is a surefire winner, the transmission suffers from a few problems. 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." Car and Driver adds that the transmission "tends to hunt annoyingly at highway cruising speeds," while Kelley Blue Book says, "for the small percentage of drivers that would utilize it, the Edge's lack of manumatic shift capability could be a disappointment." On most SUVs, a manumatic feature would be a bit unnecessary, but given the 2009 Ford Edge's more carlike aspirations, it would have been nice to see one included.
One of the major benefits of a crossover is the increase in fuel economy versus traditional SUVs, and in this category the 2009 Ford Edge offers mid-range performance. Car and Driver attests that the Ford Edge "delivers decent gas mileage," which the EPA estimates at 17 mpg city and 24 highway for two-wheel-drive versions.
The 2009 Ford Edge features a traditional carlike unibody construction, which Car and Driver says give the Edge "more sophisticated handling and better ride quality than a traditional body-on-frame SUV," but some reviewers aren't completely sold. Kelley Blue Book, for instance, warns that "the Ford Edge doesn't corner as aggressively as its sporty appearance may suggest," but in terms of ride quality, they say that the Ford Edge "hits the mass-appeal sweet spot in ride and 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." The 2009 Ford Edge Sport, which features larger 20- or 22-inch wheels, offers "a noticeably rougher ride, but it is still fairly composed over cracked pavement," according to ConsumerGuide. Unfortunately, despite all the Ford Edge's handling attributes, Cars.com is still disappointed to find that the brakes are "not the car's greatest attribute," and some reviewers there consider "the pedal mushy and stopping power only fair."
The 2009 Ford Edge offers some performance bite to back up its visual bark.