2017 Ford Edge Review

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2017 Ford Edge Overview

The 2017 Ford Edge is the very definition of a crossover—a vehicle that drives like a car but has enough room to haul extra cargo. It has no third row, but that just means it does have plenty of rear storage room and a touch more fuel efficiency. Add the Edge’s handsome styling, tech options, and engine choices, and you have a crossover that’s hard to overlook.

Ford redesigned the Edge in 2015 but has not made many changes in the two years since. Minor 2017 updates include the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to the optional Sync 3 infotainment system, a few new exterior color choices, and a windshield-wiper de-icer in the Cold Weather package.

The Edge’s base engine for the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims is a turbocharged 2-liter inline 4-cylinder that generates an impressive 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque—numbers that don’t seem “base” at all. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and gets 20 mpg city and 30 highway with front-wheel drive (FWD) and 20 and 28 with the available all-wheel drive (AWD).

The Edge SEL and Titanium can be upgraded to a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque and has fuel economy ratings of 18 and 26 with FWD and 17 and 25 with AWD. The high-end AWD Sport trim comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that cranks out 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and gets 17 and 24 in fuel economy. The Sport trim also features a sport-tuned suspension that improves the car’s handling but does sacrifice some of the ride comfort that’s a highlight for the other trims. The Edge weighs close to 4,000 pounds and has considerable width (85.8 inches), giving the car a sturdy feel. Thanks to the body and suspension redesigns from 2015, however, it drives like a sedan.

The sharp lines of the grille, headlights, and profile creases contribute to the Edge’s rugged exterior look, and its rounded body edges and overall silhouette provide a pleasing contrast. The Sport trim has its own unique appearance with the piano-black grille treatment, body-color fascias and lower cladding, unique headlights, and trapezoidal exhaust housings. The car’s two rows of form-fitting seats offer excellent legroom and comfort for both front and back passengers, and the rear seats also recline. Behind the second row are 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space, and folding the seats flat increases that to 73.4 cubic feet.

One of the noteworthy changes to the 2016 Edge was the replacement of the MyFord system with Sync 3. And the infotainment improvements keep coming this year, as Sync 3 (standard on Titanium and Sport trims, available for the SEL) is now compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The SE trim (2016 MSRP of $28,700) comes standard with Ford’s Sync system, which includes voice recognition, Bluetooth phone and audio, 911 assist, and apps like Pandora and Spotify. Other standard features are automatic headlights, LED taillights, air-conditioning, a reversing camera, and a 6-speaker sound system with CD, USB, and Aux inputs. Moving up to the SEL (MSRP of $31,790) adds heated mirrors with puddle lamps and integrated turn signals, rear parking sensors, a keyless entry pad, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, and satellite radio.

The Titanium trim (MSRP of $35,600) builds on the SEL’s features with a hands-free liftgate, LED taillight bar, front sport seats, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD Radio. In addition to the engine, performance, and exterior upgrades, the Sport trim (MSRP of $40,400) also adds 20-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering column, and leather and perforated suede upholstery.

Crash test results for the new Edge are not yet available, but the 2016 model received a perfect 5-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Standard safety features for the Edge include antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front knee airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a rear-view camera, automatic emergency crash notification, and Ford’s MyKey, which allows you to set electronic parameters for secondary drivers (like teenagers or valets).

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After working at gas stations and car washes in high school, driving across the country more than a dozen times and even living on the road in a well-outfitted truck, Tim O'Sullivan finally started putting some of his automotive knowledge to work when he began writing for CarGurus in 2008. He's also an award-winning journalist and the Sports Editor at the Concord (NH) Monitor.

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