Ford has been a leader in the sport-utility-vehicle segment since the mid-1960s, when it introduced the Bronco. Today, the blue-oval brand offers five SUV choices – the Escape, Edge, Explorer, Expedition and Flex, plus the popular F-series crew cab pickup truck that seats five. The Edge stands alone in this group thanks to its aggressive styling, high-tech personality and thoughtful interior design.
We spent some time with a an end-of-the-model-year 2013 Edge Limited and found it to be an appealing crossover SUV. The Edge has performed well for Ford since its introduction in 2007, achieving sales of more than 129,000 for 2013. The 2014 Edge is essentially unchanged from the 2013 model, but a redesign has been completed for the 2015 model year.
It’s readily apparent from first glance that Ford set out to right-size the Edge, and to orient it to a young but comparatively affluent audience. Its styling is crisp, clean and unique. Although the roofline is rather low, especially in cars with the optional panoramic vista roof, tall passengers have plenty of knee and foot room in the back seat, and cargo capacity with all the seats upright is a respectable 32.2 cubic feet.
And the Edge is loaded with available technology. The Limited’s standard equipment includes Securicode keyless entry, ambient lighting with a choice of hues, sync with MyFord Touch, Sirius satellite radio, reverse sensing and rear-view camera, and Ford MyKey. Add to those features an optional blind-spot monitoring system and voice-activated navigation system, and you have a car that doesn’t leave much to chance on the tech front.
With front-wheel drive, the base 2014 Edge starts at $28,100. With the Limited package and options, including 20-inch chrome-clad wheels, our Tuxedo Black Metallic Edge had a sticker price of $41,785.
All Edges come with the same 6-speed automatic transmission. Ford offers a choice of three engines: a 2.0-liter, 240-horsepower turbocharged Four that gets 30 mpg in front-drive models; the 3.5-liter, 285-horsepower V-6 that came with our all-wheel-drive test car, and a 3.7-liter V-6 that produces 305 horsepower. Our test car was rated at 18 mpg in the city, 25 highway.
Major competitors include the Nissan Murano and Toyota Venza. Both are stylish crossovers that have received good reviews over the years.
The black Edge’s owners figure their car’s fuel economy is in the low 20s. Compared with the Murano, Rogue and Escape, they were impressed with its quiet ride and crisp handling. Although some critics have panned MyFord Touch, which controls the audio, climate, navigation and other driver-controlled electronic devices, the owners say they adapted to it quickly. Their major complaint was with the rear window: Unlike the glass panel on Explorer they owned previously, it doesn’t open to facilitate loading of long items such as kayaks.
U.S. News & World Report magazine named the Edge the “”Best 2-Row Midsize SUV for the Money.” The 2013 model was designated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Steven Macoy ([email protected]) is a longtime car enthusiast and full-time editor who lives in Bethel, Conn.
Engine: 3.5-liter V-6, 285 horsepower, 253 lb.-ft. torque
Transmission: shiftable 6-speed automatic
Ground clearance: 7.9 in.
Weight: 4,234 lb.
Suspension: MacPherson strut front and rear
Wheels: 20-in. chrome clad
Seating capacity: 5
Luggage capacity: 32.2 cu. ft.
Maximum cargo capacity: 68.9 cu. ft.
Fuel capacity: 19 gal.
Fuel economy: 18 mpg city, 25 mpg highway
Fuel type: regular unleaded gasoline