All models share the same redrawn body that adds current Ford styling touches to the Edge's familiar shape. There are now four available trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. Front-wheel-drive is standard for each, while all-wheel-drive is a $1495 option across the range.
Buyers of the SE, SEL and Titanium choose between a standard 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder or an optional 3.5-liter V6 which costs $425 extra and drops EPA-estimated fuel economy by two or three miles per gallon. The EcoBoost motor may win the numbers game (not only better fuel economy but greater maximum torque) but the smoother output of the V6 makes that investment worth serious consideration.
Then there's the Edge Sport, which packs a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 and is fast enough to embarrass some muscle cars. A firmer suspension and 20-inch wheels provide moves to match the motivation. Its extreme-sports approach to life makes it the most expensive Edge; you'll know if it's right for you, but for most buyers it's an amusing side consideration.
Any Edge comes with a significant list of standard features including a rearview camera and Ford's continuously-improving SYNC stereo/Bluetooth/connectivity system. The new Edge has not yet been crash-tested but it is safe to assume that it will equal or improve on the original Edge's excellent safety ratings.
Ford's habit of limiting certain options to higher trim levels is fully in effect with the Edge. The Technology package, which includes a voice-operated navigation system and blind-spot sensors, is only available on the SEL, Titanium or Sport. The Driver's Assistance package features adaptive cruise control and collision prevention sensors and is optional on the Titanium and Sport. The Class III trailer hitch is only offered on the SEL and Titanium. Take your time and consider option package availability carefully.
If you can live without a few luxury items and won't be towing a trailer, the Edge SE has just about everything you'd need in a very capable family crossover. Moving up to the SEL gives you access to plenty of functional and comfort options. The Titanium's $4,000 premium makes little sense given its minor upgrades compared to the SEL.
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