Ford redesigned the midsize Edge crossover SUV as a 2015.5 model, giving it greater performance potential and a fresh look. Topping the lineup in its second generation is the Edge Sport, unleashing a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 that whips up 315 horsepower. Other models get a choice of four-cylinder or V6 power.

Pricing and Equipment

Starting at $28,700 (plus destination charge) in SE trim, the 2016 Edge also comes in SEL, Titanium, and Sport trim levels. Standard engine is a 2-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that makes 245 horsepower, whereas the optional 3.5-liter V6 develops 280 horsepower. Only the Sport model gets the 2.7-liter twin-turbo engine. All Edge crossovers use a six-speed automatic transmission.

I drove a Titanium edition with the standard 2-liter EcoBoost engine, optional all-wheel drive, and a base price of $37,095.

Standard equipment for the Edge Titanium includes:

  • Hands-free power liftgate
  • Sony audio with HD radio
  • Sync 3 infotainment interface (replacing MyFord Touch)
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Heated, power front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • Pushbutton start
  • Rearview camera
  • Driver's knee airbag
  • Nineteen-inch wheels

Options include the V6 engine ($695) and all-wheel drive ($1,495), plus panoramic Vista Roof, 180-degree front camera, and heated rear seats

Performance Pros

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  • An Edge is exceptionally quiet. Engine and road noise are barely noticeable; yet there’s no sense of eeriness—of being overly silent.
  • Smooth, easygoing, excellent ride quality is the rule. An Edge snips the edge off pavement imperfections, taking even rough patches in stride.
  • Precise steering responds particularly well to driver inputs, and helps keep the Edge emphatically on course.

Performance Cons

  • Because the Edge feels wider than similar-size vehicles, it’s not so easy to judge for parking or tight-quarters maneuvering.
  • Acceleration sometimes slacks off a bit, due to a delay in downshifting. Gas-pedal response varies a little too much; and overall, 2-liter performance isn’t exactly stirring.
  • Real-world gas mileage might not meet EPA fuel-economy estimates.

Interior Pros

Ford Edge
  • Front seats are roomy and well-bolstered, with a comfortable driver’s seat. Front headroom is abundant and visibility is top-notch all around, helped by a very low cowl.
  • Amazingly, in the back seat, the center position almost feels more comfortable than the two outboard seats, with a touch more headroom, good leg space, and a small floor hump that doesn’t interfere with comfort. In today’s vehicles, a passably comfortable center rear seat is a rare find.
  • Materials and trim items are among the best in the Edge’s class, with fine detail work.
  • Entry/exit is easy: better than many competitors.

Interior Cons

  • I drove an Edge with the outgoing, much-criticized MyFord Touch infotainment interface. Simply put, it’s a hodgepodge, utterly non-intuitive. Sync 3, its replacement, might not be perfect, especially for non-touchscreen fans, but it’s a big improvement over that irritating predecessor.
  • Rear headroom is marginal in outboard positions, and seats are on the hard side—though leg and foot space excel.
  • Although front seat bottoms aren’t all that short, thigh contact with the seat can feel a bit odd.

The Most Pleasant Surprise

Getting down to basics, the most satisfying aspect of the Edge is its combination of ride comfort and totally confident steering/handling, ranking high in the midsize crossover SUV arena.

The Least Pleasant Surprise

Width. From the driver’s seat, the Edge definitely feels wider than typical competitors. That’s good news for passenger space, but not for parking or slipping through tight spots.

The Bottom Line

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Even though the Edge doesn’t stand fully apart from rival models in this crowded vehicle category, it has a lot to offer in terms of style and technology, as well as roadgoing behavior. Getting rid of that MyFord Touch setup might sound like a comparatively minor point; but in my view, it’s a major step forward.