The Car Connection Ford Edge Overview
The Ford Edge is a five-passenger crossover SUV bookended by the Escape and Explorer, and it's somewhat of a Goldilocks for families too.
Completely redesigned for the 2015 model year, the Edge now shares some of its running gear with Ford's popular Fusion sedan.
The Edge is bigger than the Escape, but not quite as roomy as the Explorer. The Edge is steered toward convenience and comfort.
With the Edge, Ford has a rival for vehicles such as the Nissan Murano, the GMC Terrain and Chevy Equinox, even the Lexus RX.
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The new Ford Edge
The latest Ford Edge arrived for the 2015 model year, riding atop the same mechanicals as the latest Ford Fusion. Its styling cues are shared in part with the Fusion, and there are some BMW and Hyundai influences in the shoulder lines and six-sided grille. Inside, the Edge wears better interior finishes, and the dash shape has a close kinship with those in several Korean SUVs, especially in the vent shapes and brightwork bracketing the dash and framing the central touchscreen.
Base Edge crossovers get a new 2.0-liter tubo-4, good for 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, all-wheel drive is an option. The new base Edge is capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, a substantial improvement from the previous version.
Of the two V-6 engines available, the more intriguing one is the twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 2.7-liter V-6 that comes standard in the Edge Sport. It's a new design also used in the Ford F-150 pickup. In the Edge, it produces 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque; it comes standard with active noise cancellation.
For those who don't want turbocharging, Ford offers its 3.5-liter V-6, making 280 hp and 250 lb-ft. A 6-speed automatic is standard on all Edge models, as are paddle shifters and a selectable sport driving mode.
The latest Edge uses a fully independent suspension. The Edge Sport has unique suspension tuning, with monotube dampers in the rear, as well as standard 20-inch wheels with 21s as an option. There's also a new electric power steering system for the pricier Sport and Titanium versions; it reduces the necessary wheel input at low speeds using special in-hub gearing.
Since the Edge now rides on the Fusion's platform, interior space is up. There's still no third-row seat, but there's more cargo space—up to 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat (an increase of 7 cubic feet), 73.4 behind the front seat (a 4.5-cubic-foot improvement) and Ford claims there is more leg room in both rows.
Safety features now include a rearview camera on most models, as well as a new passenger knee airbag mounted in the glovebox frame. Other features include standard Bluetooth and an LCD audio display. Options include parking assist that can handle both perpendicular and parallel parking, rear-seat inflatable seat belts, a automatic liftgate, and heated and cooled seats.
The latest Ford Edge went on sale early in 2015. A new infotainment system, dubbed Sync 3, replaced MyFord Touch in 2016 models. For 2017, the Edge gained a new cold-weather package. An appearance package with dark exterior trim and gray wheels came for the 2018 model year.
Ford Edge history
With the Edge, Ford finally came up with a satisfying answer to the car-based wagons that had been introduced by import brands—and it also found a way to make up for collapsing sales of the Ford Explorer, in the wake of the massive tire recall of 2000.
The first Edge was loosely based on a former version of the Mazda 6 sedan. Along with the Ford Fusion, which was introduced in the 2006 model year, the Ford Edge established a new design direction for Ford—totally contemporary, not dependent on past themes.
The first Edge had a somewhat limited appeal. The only engine was a 3.5-liter V-6 that made 265 hp, but it provided impressive acceleration through its 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive was standard, with all-wheel drive an option. Ford made no attempt to position the Edge as a rugged vehicle or one meant for off-roading; instead, it let the Edge establish itself with urban buyers more concerned with good ride and handling.
The first Edge only offered two rows of seating. That choice was a good one, as it allowed space for five adults and a large cargo space with quite a low load floor. The Edge has stuck to this two-row layout throughout its existence.
A thoroughly refreshed Ford Edge arrived for the 2011 model year. Along with a more powerful 285-hp V-6, it incorporated a neatly redesigned instrument panel, upgraded interior materials, and refined sheet metal and appearance details throughout. The Edge's basic shape and interior configuration remained the same.
A new engine option was added for the 2012 model year in the form of Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-4. With the 6-speed automatic and only in front-drive form, this Edge became the most economical optional, with a 30-mpg highway fuel economy rating.
The Edge was one of the first vehicles to get the new MyFord touchscreen interface system, which uses Bluetooth and steering-wheel controls to direct audio, phone and navigation systems, with an LCD touchscreen as the display.
For the 2013 and 2014 model years, the Edge changed only slightly. All-wheel drive was added as an option on SE models, and the model's 6-speed automatic gained a sport mode.