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modified Sync system with 911 assist; Sirius Travel Link for the navigation system
Car and Driver
dual-screen DVD entertainment system with screens integrated into headrests
Favor an SE model or a judiciously equipped SEL for the best value
The Ford Edge offers a wide range of features and options, with some of the best ones only offered on the uplevel SEL. Yet the base SE remains an especially strong value for those who don't need all the frills.
Unlike some base models, the Ford Edge SE doesn't shout "cheap." ConsumerGuide reports that the Ford Edge SE includes full power accessories and an "AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, digital-media player connection," and "variable-intermittent wipers." Stepping up to the Ford Edge SEL adds a "leather-wrapped steering wheel w/radio controls, 6-way power driver seat," ConsumerGuide says, plus an in-dash six-disc CD/MP3 changer and satellite radio. The Limited model is even more luxurious, and Car and Driver contends it is "already as well equipped as the average army base," offering standard heated leather seats, dual-zone climate controls, an upgraded sound system, and Bluetooth wireless connectivity.
There are certainly some very desirable options offered on the 2010 Ford Edge, but Car and Driver points out that "options are tied to the model," meaning that they're not all available on every trim level. For example, Cars.com reports that the "optional voice-activated navigation system" and "dual-screen DVD entertainment system with screens integrated into headrests" are not available on the SE version of the Ford Edge. One of the standout features found on the new Ford Edge, according to Cars.com, is the "SYNC hands-free system, a joint venture with Microsoft ... [that] allows drivers to control Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones and MP3 players with steering-wheel buttons and voice commands." Another headline addition is Sirius Travel Link, which gives traffic and weather reports, along with fuel prices that can be sorted by price and distance.
The 2010 Ford Edge comes well equipped, but beware—if you want top features, you'll need to step up to the pricier SEL.