The Edge is Ford’s best selling midsize vehicle and for 2015, has grown a bit in size over the 2014 model. With AWD it’s considered a crossover. If ordered with FWD, it’s typed as a wagon. We tested the former and it has some desirable traits, some of which make is a compelling choice over the company’s Explorer full-size SUV.
Edge gained four inches of length and now rides on 112.2-inch wheelbase, or one inch longer than the 2014. Despite this increase, the vehicle lost 50 pounds in curb weight for better fuel economy.
Edge is available in base SE, SEL, Sport or luxurious Titanium form. The latter trim level was tested and it replaced the 2014 Limited version. And upscale it is. A new and revised interior (with an inch more headroom) includes a host of amenities and electronic goodies, a few of which are automated parallel and perpendicular parking. There’s also an 8-inch LCD that displays a unique front 180 degree view camera in addition to a rearview camera that can be manually activated. To our knowledge, no other carmaker offers this manual feature. Added too is adaptive cruise, lane keeping assist with three levels of sensitivity and inflatable seatbelts.
Once inside, the perforated and heated/cooled seats offer mild lateral support but are soft and comfy over the long haul. After a low 18.75-inch step-in, the rear doors open wide for easy ingress/egress. The heated back seat can easily accommodate three tweens thanks to a low floor hump and gobs of leg and headroom.
Back in the cargo area, wherein the power liftgate opens automatically with a foot swipe under the bumper, there’s 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the 60/40 folding rear seats, which fold upon pushing two buttons on the cargo wall. However they raise manually – which takes some muscle.
Edge gets its power from one of three engines depending on model selected. There’s a base 2.0L, EcoBoost turbocharged four cylinder, a non-turbo 3.5L, 280-hp V6 available only on the Sport model, and a 2.7L twin turbo 315-hp V6. All couple to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Titanium tested came with the 2.0L four that makes 245-hp and 275 lb/ft of torque for EPA mileage ratings of 20 city, 28-highway mpg. Acceleration is lively but having to move a 4,200-pound crossover puts a burden on the twin scroll turbo engine, especially with four adults aboard. But it is adept at towing as it’s rated for an impressive 3,500 pounds.
Handling is fairly good as the chassis is on the taut side. Potholes or road imperfections are nicely absorbed and the electrically assisted steering makes parking a breeze and nicely controls cornering. The ride is smooth on Hankook 19-inch tires and the interior is fairly quiet. All of which makes for an enjoyable trip be it to the local market or on long interstate jaunts.
Edge’s only shortcoming is that it doesn’t offer a third row seat. If that’s your need, better consider the Explorer.
With a long list of standard safety features and niceties, Edge’s base price of $37, 595 rose to $44,530 after adding Equipment Group 302A ($5,645) that included the 180-degree front camera, heated seats/steering wheel, voice activated nav, rain sensing wipers, remote start, blind spot monitoring and more. There was a $395 charge for the bronze paint job and $895 for delivery, which inflated the bottom line. Edge did receive favorable crash ratings by earning five stars for overall vehicle score, five for driver/passenger frontal crash, five for side crash and four for rollover. Aside from all of this, Edge is a handsome and compelling crossover.