Ever since its 2007 debut, Ford's midsize crossover has consistently been a popular choice for active families seeking a vehicle that’s more efficient and nimble than a traditional SUV. A total redesign for the 2015 model year gave the Edge a boost in style and refinement, without reducing its capability and versatility. For 2016, SYNC 3 infotainment became available as a replacement for the oft-criticized MyFord Touch system. 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 2017
Changes are minimal for the 2017 model year. Premium polished aluminum 20-inch wheels now are available for the Titanium trim. Four new body colors are offered: Canyon Ridge, Blue Jeans, White Gold, and Burgundy Velvet.
Choosing Your Ford Edge
Even though its overall shape may be familiar, the second-generation Edge’s body incorporates current Ford styling touches. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is a $1,995 option (except on the Sport, where it's standard).
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. The four-cylinder with front-drive is rated 20 mpg in city driving (21 mpg with stop/start technology) and 29 mpg on the highway. That contrasts with a mere 17/26 mpg for the V6.
As for numerical output, the four-cylinder engine develops 245 horsepower, versus 280 horsepower for the V6. The EcoBoost engine 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 mileage shortfall. Both engines mate with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Ford offers a third powertrain choice, exclusive to the Sport: a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 making 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Available only with all-wheel drive, the 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. This extra muscle makes the Sport the most costly Edge, topping $40,000. Fuel economy trails the 3.5-liter V6 at 17/24 mpg (city/highway). You'll know immediately if a Sport is 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.
Ford's practice of limiting certain options to higher trim levels applies to the Edge. The Technology package, which includes navigation, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert, is only available on the SEL, Titanium, and Sport. Additional safety options include lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, and an automated parking system. A Class II towing package with sway control is offered on SEL and Titanium only.
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 $2,840 gives you access to plenty of functional and comfort options. The Titanium's price premium ($3,810) compared to the SEL makes little sense, given its relatively minor upgrades.