2014 Ford Edge Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Edge is a five-passenger vehicle. There's no third-row seat to be found, and Ford leaves the seven- and eight-passenger duties to its bigger Flex and Explorer crossovers, even to the Expedition SUV.

Considering that, it's one of the larger crossovers in its class--which means adult-sized space even in the back seat, even without the benefit of a sliding rear seat. There's plenty of headroom and legroom all around.

The 2015 Ford Edge has all the spaciousness and versatility you’d expect in a crossover—as well as a quiet, refined cabin—although seating comfort could use some more attention.

Ford's also molded in some handy storage throughout the Edge. Bottle holders can be found in all doors, and there are all kinds of pockets, trays and bins in the cabin, as well as a tray ahead of the shifter for media players.

Ride quality is impressive in the Edge--firm but not harsh--even considering the huge 22-inch wheels that come in Sport models. Ford's interior materials have gone drastically upscale since the Edge first was introduced in 2005. It's now on par with the pricey Flex.

In front, the Edge has power seats, with power adjustment for both cushions on the driver's side. They're wide and a little flat, well sized for American tastes and for the kind of use the Edge will likely see. Step-in height is perfect for medium-sized adults, and not too high for pre-teens big enough to ride up front. You can get dual 10-way power seats on upper-trim models.

The second-row seat--there's no third-row bench, remember--has excellent leg room. Ford claims it's best in class, and we're inclined to agree after spending hours with the similarly sized MKX on a weeklong family outing. Two adults will have exceptional room, and enough space between them for a child booster seat. The seatbacks in the second row also recline, for more comfortable long-distance cruising. It also folds down to boost the Edge's cargo hold from 32.2 cubic feet to more than 68 cubic feet. You'll bankrupt yourself at Costco before you exhaust the Edge's two-seat cargo capacity.

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