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The Ford Edge debuted at the 2006 Detroit auto show as a stylish, mid-size SUV that slotted between the Escape and the Explorer. It was based on a Mazda platform and thus inherited driving dynamics that bested those of many of its competitors. The Edge is all about style, with a big chrome waterfall grille defining the nose, but with available all-wheel drive and a 3500-pound tow rating it is also capable. The 2008 Chicago auto show heralded the arrival of the Edge Sport, which benefits from suspension tweaks as well as a bigger engine. A wholly refreshed 2011 Edge debuted at the 2010 Chicago show and continues mostly unchanged today. The two-row Edge is less successful than Ford's smaller Escape and larger Explorer, but it remains a strong entry in the mid-size crossover segment. A new version will probably arrive in two to three years.
Very little has changed on the Ford Edge since the refreshed version went on sale three years ago. It remains a stylish crossover that offers a healthy list of upscale features. The Ford Edge drives well for its class, with respectable chassis dynamics and good steering. All three of the available engines are punchy, and the standard six-speed automatic transmission is agreeable.
The volume engine is a smooth 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 285 hp and is the most affordable option. A 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder is a $995 option; available only with front-wheel drive, it returns 21/30 mpg, the best of any Edge variant. Even though it is down two cylinders, the EcoBoost has plenty of grunt to move the large crossover, but it sounds gruffer than the smooth V-6 engines. The Edge Sport features a 3.7-liter V-6 good for 305 hp but is the least fuel-efficient choice. The Sport also bundles 22-inch wheels, unique black leather seats, a more aggressive body kit, larger exhaust tips, and sharper suspension tuning.
On the inside, the Ford Edge offers a smart and tidy cabin that seats five, although fitting three across the rear seat might be a squeeze. Upscale options include ambient lighting, push-button start, a panoramic sunroof, HID headlights, navigation, and automatic wipers. We find the MyFord Touch system distracting and would pick an Edge without it if possible, but all the other gadgets and electronics work well. Safety features include blind-spot warning, a backup camera, and adaptive cruise control with forward collision warning.
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