From light urban driving to fully-laden interstate tasks, the 2014 Ford Edge has you covered for performance--with a choice of V-6 or turbo four-cylinder engines, as well as confident handling no matter which model you choose.
A 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 is standard on the Edge SE and SEL; it's torquey enough to take advantage of the six-speed automatic that's standard across the Edge lineup, and the transmission's now fitted with sport-shift modes. The base drivetrain's fine for cruising, though it's set up with quick throttle tip-in, which means abrupt transitions from a full stop to even moderate acceleration, which can make urban driving feel a little more jerky than it needs to.
All-wheel-drive is offered through most of the model line--even on the base SE. The Edge already weighs more than 4,000 pounds, so unless you're faced with regular winter weather, we'd recommend you skip the almost 200 extra pounds of all-wheel-drive hardware. It's a drain on acceleration and gas mileage.
On the SE or SEL, for $995, you can get a turbocharged engine that's smaller in displacement and less powerful than the base six. With 240 horsepower, this EcoBoost four has the six-speed automatic, but only is offered with front-wheel drive. Provided you're not carrying a full load, the Edge feels nearly as perky as V-6 models (it's at most a second slower to 60 mph, Ford says). And the big gains come at the gas pump, where The turbo's tuned for low-end boost, so the power losses aren't all that noticeable when the Edge is carrying just a passenger or two; Ford says it's only at most, a second slower to 60 mph than the V-6-powered Edge. The gain comes at the gas pump, where the four-cylinder turns in EPA ratings of 21/30 mpg.
The Edge Sport steps up to a 3.7-liter V-6 with 305 horsepower. It's pretty much the same engine as the one in the base Mustang pony car. With paddle shifters, it's the straight-line runner of the group, but fuel economy drops a lot, especially with all-wheel drive; and we're not convinced that in most kinds of driving it will feel that much stronger than the base engine.
Overall, the Edge handles decently well; it's more reassuring and buttoned-down than sport-utes like the Expedition, but just can't respond like a sports sedan, with its height and weight. Not even the Sport model, with its huge 22-inch wheels and stiffer suspension, can generate all that much excitement.