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PERFORMANCE | 7 out of 10
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
Heavy, which blunts performance from the otherwise fine, 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
Car and Driver
The 2010 Ford Edge manages to fit a mostly carlike feel into a very versatile, high-utility package. With a capable engine and good suspension tuning, it's capable, if not tremendously satisfying.
A 3.5-liter V-6 is the only engine offered on the Ford Edge, making 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, but nearly everyone likes it. ConsumerGuide testers report that the 2009 Ford Edge "has good power from a stop," and the factory claims of 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds "feels about right." Kelley Blue Book heaps praise on the Ford Edge's engine as well, commenting 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."
While there's a lot to love about the engine, the transmission doesn't always cooperate, according to reviews. The lack of manual shift control is one of the main complaints, but some gripe about hesitation and hunting. 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." The transmission "tends to hunt annoyingly at highway cruising speeds," according to Car and Driver, while Kelley Blue Book says that, "for the small percentage of drivers that would utilize it, the Edge's lack of manumatic shift capability could be a disappointment."
For 2010, Ford claims it has been able to improve fuel economy by 1-2 mpg across the model line without blunting performance in any way. EPA ratings now stand at 18 mpg city, 25 highway for the front-wheel-drive version and 17/23 with all-wheel drive.
Cars.com reports that the Edge can "tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped."
Sources run the gamut on 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," though they warn that the ride suffers with the larger 20- or 22-inch wheels. Kelley Blue Book warns that "the Ford Edge doesn't corner as aggressively as its sporty appearance may suggest," but the reviewer also says that the Edge "hits the mass-appeal sweet spot in ride and handling." Cars.com finds fault with the brakes, calling "the pedal mushy and stopping power only fair."
The 2010 Ford Edge has a sweet engine and capable handling overall, but many of the details are lacking.