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Ever since its debut for 2007, Ford's midsize crossover has consistently been a popular choice for active families who want a vehicle that’s more efficient and nimble than a traditional SUV. A total refresh for the 2015 model year gave the Edge a boost in style and refinement, without reducing its capability and usability. Built on the same platform as the highly-regarded Fusion sedan, the Edge comes with a choice of three engines, with front-drive or all-wheel drive.

What's New for 2016

Last year, the Edge earned its first full redesign. Updates are less dramatic, if welcome, for 2016. SYNC 3 infotainment is now available, as a replacement for the oft-criticized MyFord system. A new adaptive-steering system uses a motor within the steering column to adjust steering response based on vehicle speed. It’s standard on the Edge Sport, and optional for Titanium trim.

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Choosing Your Ford Edge

Even though its overall shape may be familiar, the Edge’s body now incorporates current Ford styling touches. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $1,495 option (except for the Sport, which is AWD-only).

Four trim levels are offered: SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. Buyers of the SEL and Titanium choose between a standard 2-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine or an optional 3.5-liter V6, which costs $625 extra and drops EPA-estimated fuel economy appreciably. Specifically, the four-cylinder with front-drive is rated 20 or 21 mpg in city driving and 30 mpg on the highway, in contrast to 18/26 mpg for the V6.

As for numerical output, the four-cylinder engine develops 245 horsepower, versus 280 horsepower for the V6. The EcoBoost motor not only yields better fuel economy, but greater maximum torque. On the other hand, smoother output from the V6 might make it worth considering, despite the additional cost and gas-mileage shortfall. Both engines mate with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Ford offers a third powertrain choice, in the Edge Sport: a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, making 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Available only with all-wheel drive, a Sport can accelerate swiftly enough to embarrass a few muscle cars. A firmer suspension and 20-inch wheels provide confident road moves to match that motivation. What might be called its extreme-sports approach to motoring makes it the most expensive Edge, topping $40,000. You'll know immediately if it's right for you; but for most buyers, it's not a contender.

Each Edge comes with a significant list of standard features, including a rearview camera and Ford's continuously-improving SYNC stereo/Bluetooth/connectivity system. SYNC 3 goes into upper models. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the current Edge a five-star rating overall, as well as in front and side crash-testing.

SE

The base trim level comes with the 2-liter EcoBoost engine, cloth upholstery, paddle shifters, SYNC, air conditioning, power windows/locks/mirrors, CD player, and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

SEL

Stepping up a notch adds dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated mirrors with integrated turn signals, power front seats, reverse sensing, an auto-dimming mirror, and upgraded cloth upholstery.

Titanium

Additional features include SYNC 3, a hands-free power liftgate, bright grille and bodyside moldings, Sony audio with HD radio, and 19-inch wheels.

Sport

In addition to the 2.7-liter engine and all-wheel drive, Sport trim includes adaptive steering, a sport-tuned suspension, piano black grille, heated front seats, leather-trimmed upholstery, driver-seat memory, aluminum pedals, and 20-inch wheels.

Ford's practice of limiting certain options to higher trim levels applies to the Edge. The Technology Package, which includes voice-activated navigation and blind-spot monitoring, is only available on the SEL, Titanium, or Sport. The Driver's Package, featuring adaptive cruise control and collision prevention sensors, is optional on Titanium and Sport. A Class III trailer hitch is only offered on SEL and Titanium.

CarsDirect Tip

If you can survive without a few luxury items and won't be towing a trailer, the Edge SE has just about everything most folks need in a highly capable family crossover. Moving up to the SEL for an additional $3,090 gives you access to plenty of functional and comfort options. The Titanium's premium (nearly $4,000) compared to the SEL makes little sense, given its relatively minor upgrades.

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