2017 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge personifies modernity. Not only is it appealing to the eyes, it will delight your drives with its technological prowess and versatile handling. The Ford Edge has continued to be one of the best-rated SUVs, earning a 4.5 out of 5 rating from Car Driver. Here is a closer look at this stylish SUV and what it offers you in the way of style, price, performance and technological features.

Exterior Design

The Edge offers a crisp profile thanks to its sharp angles. To give the Edge its distinctive flair, Ford designed it with sculpted shoulders, raised beltlines and a power dome hood. In addition, the Edge features its four wheels at the outer corners, providing it with its powerful stance. Completing the look is the choice of seven wheels, including bold options like the 19-inch nickel-plated aluminum wheels or the 20-inch low-gloss magnetic-painted polished pockets wheels.

Interior Design

The Ford Edge possesses a refined interior that gives it the look and feel of owning a luxury model. What makes this model so appealing to drivers is its ergonomic positioning of all the controls, including the touchscreen and steering wheel buttons. This gives you access to all the tools you need to make your drives fun.

Style aside, the Ford Edge holds a spacious interior that gives it the advantage over some of its midsize SUV counterparts. To illustrate, the Edge has 39.2 cubic feet of trunk space, making it a better option–concerning space—than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (36.30 cubic feet) and the Hyundai Sante Fe Sport (35.40 cubic feet).

Keeping passengers comfortable on your drives can be the difference between a fun trip and one resembling a National Lampoons movie. Luckily, the Edge has your back, as it possesses 40.6 inches of legroom in the second row. This makes it a roomier option than GMC Terrain SL, which has 39.9 inches of second-row legroom and the Nissan Murano Platinum–38.70 inches of passenger leg room.

To give you an idea of the Edge’s interior capacity, here are its volume measurements:

  • Total passenger volume: 113.9 cubic feet
  • Passenger volume behind the second row: 39.2 cubic feet
  • Maximum cargo capacity with second-row seating folded: 73.4 cubic feet

Performance

You’ll notice a theme of versatility as we move to uncover more of the Ford Edge’s features. A great example of this is you have your choice of three engine options with this SUV.

The 2.0L EcoBoost engine has a twin-scroll supercharger and an integrated exhaust manifold. These systems work together to generate 245-horsepower and 275 ft-lb or torque. This engine is perfect if you want a blend of power and efficiency, as with this engine the Edge earns up to 29 highway miles per gallon. If you want more power, though, there are better options available.

The 3.5 T-VCT V6 engine is the perfect representation of the Edge’s aggressive persona. The engine can crank out an impressive 280-horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque. This results in the Edge achieving better horsepower output than the Nissan Murano S–260-horsepower output.

Last, but certainly not least, there’s the twin-turbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine that offers the exhilarating power you crave. It delivers 315-horsepower and 350 ft-lb of torque placing it over competitors such as Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (295-horsepower output) and the Nissan Pathfinder S (288-horsepower output). A big reason why the EcoBoost engine is able to achieve such power pulsion is due to its lightweight construction of light compact graphite iron engine block and aluminum heads.

Capabilities

The Ford Edge delivers graceful handling in a wide variety of conditions. Part of this attributes to its available Intelligent all-wheel-drive system. This system reads the road conditions using sensors to balance torque between rear and front wheels. The result is maximum traction even on slick or snowy road surfaces while also reducing the chance of wheel slip from occurring.

If you need to tow items, then you understand how important it is to have excellent handling during your transports. To aid you in this regard, Ford equipped the Edge with its available Class II Trailer Tow Package with Trailer Sway Control. The package helps the Edge tow up to 3,500 pounds. Furthermore, the system detects if the trailer is swaying independent from the vehicle and will make adjustments to torque or apply braking to keep both the SUV and trailer in line.

Technology

Ford has paid much attention towards improving its technological offerings. The available SYNC 3 is a revelation for previous Ford owners who struggled with the SYNC system. New for the SYNC 3 is a user-friendly design making it much easier to use. Additionally, this system features enhanced voice recognition, available navigation, pinch to zoom capability and a touchscreen with swipe abilities. The new improvements give you a masterful command over your tech and phone options on your drives.

Another excellent feature is the Enhanced Active Park Assist. With this available equipment, it uses ultrasonic sensors to measure your SUV’s distance relative to other vehicles. It will also scan to help you find a spot near you. Lastly, it can assist you in parking the SUV in a parallel or perpendicular space with ease.

Cost

The Ford Edge is an affordable option in the crowded and competitive midsize segment. The Edge’s base model, the SE, starts from $28,950. Compared to the average cost of its immediate peers, the Ford Edge SE represents a savings of $4,500. These savings shrink if you opt for a more expensive trim, but at the same time, other models like the Titanium feature the new SYNC 3 system, a 12-speaker audio system from Sony and more.

Our Take

The Ford Edge is one of the best midsize SUVs available due to its modern style, excellent affordability, and capable performance. If you are looking for an SUV that will mesmerize you with its looks and power, the Edge won’t disappoint.

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