A few new colors are really all that's new if you're looking for specific builds or combinations in the 2014 Ford Edge. It's been carried over mostly unchanged for the past couple of years.Even on the base SE you'll find a rich standard-feature list, including power windows, locks, and mirrors; an AM/FM/CD player with an auxiliary jack; 17-inch wheels; tilt/telescoping steering; and air conditioning.
Moving up to the Edge SEL, you add satellite radio; rear parking sensors; power front seats; and SYNC, the Bluetooth-driven system that allows drivers to control audio and phone features with voice commands. An SEL Appearance Package offers leather seating with Alcantara trim; 20-inch wheels; and body-color trim on the grille.
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.
The Edge Limited tops off the crossover must-have list with a standard rearview camera; Sony sound system; HD radio; a rearview camera; and MyFord Touch, the touchscreen- and voice-controlled system that made its debut in the restyled Edge in the 2011 model year.
MyFord Touch is definitely a dramatic break from the swarm of buttons and knobs, and in our opinion it's in theory a superior setup to controller-based systems like iDrive, COMAND and MMI. But in execution, we've found frustration with a menu system that doesn't always deliver what you might have hoped.
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. The capacitive sliders that have replaced some audio and climate functions are also somewhat disappointing and laggy.
What saves this, most of the time, is an excellent advanced voice-control system. 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.