2016 Ford Edge

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A crossover with little edge in fuel economy

Date Posted: December 14, 2015
By Zack Spencer

While Ford has plowed headlong into the turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost craze, these engines don't often deliver real-world fuel economy advantages.

Can you remember when the whole SUV craze started? It was back at the beginning of the 1990s when the trucks of choice were the Jeep Cherokee, Toyota 4Runner, Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Explorer. These, for the most part, were pickup truck based SUVs, meaning they had a heavy truck-based chassis with an SUV body bolted on. Can you remember when the whole crossover trend got going? It really started to get into full swing over the past ten years, when car-based crossovers like the Ford Edge surpassed trucks like the Ford Explorer. (The Explorer has since become a car-based crossover too).

Ford, including the latest Edge, is the best seller of utility vehicles in North America thanks to a wide range of options from the compact Escape top the full-size Expedition. The Edge is the mid-sized offering and is a favourite of many families that want room for 5-passengers and all their stuff.

The Edge was updated substantially for 2015 and it shows that Ford, as a worldwide company, has a lot of expertise in making well-made vehicles.

As mentioned, these types of products run on a car platform and Ford uses the excellent Ford Fusion to built the Edge.

The ride and handling has been vastly improved, this Edge now has a ride that many buyers of European crossovers will find engaging. The driver can actually feel the road through the drivers seat and imperfections in the road are kept to nice balance of comfort and road handling. If the buyer chooses, there is a Sport model that includes stiffer springs and anti-roll bars to make the ride even more engaging. I’d be sure to try that Edge first because I found the regular version was just about right, the Sport might be too aggressive.

Under the hood, the Edge can be equipped with a vast array of engine choices. The base engine, the one I test-drove, is the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder. It has plenty of get-up-and-go thanks to 245hp and 275lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is available in all but the Sport trim and it can be matched to front wheel drive (FWD) or all wheel drive (AWD). These same trim levels can also be ordered with a tried and true 3.5L V6 engine with less torque, at 250lb.-ft. but more horsepower at 280hp. This engine is also available in all but the sport with FWD or AWD. So why the two engine choices? The 2.0L turbo engine sounds great on paper but in my experience when the driver utilizes all that torque and horsepower, the fuel economy can really suffer. The older-tech V6 is, in my opinion, delivers more consistent fuel economy in real-world applications, rather than asking a lot of a smaller engine. The Sport trim is sold only with AWD, the stiffer suspension, bigger 20-inch wheels and a 2.7L turbocharged V6 engine. This engine is a dynamo, with 315hp and a whopping 350lb.-ft. of torque. This truly would be a sporty version; unfortunately I haven’t had a chance to try it yet.

The interior of the Edge has welcome updates too. The cabin is quieter thanks to more sound insulation, plus the engine and 6-speed automatic transmission mounts have been updated to reduce the engine noise that comes into the cabin.

The latest Edge also offer more legroom than the last version, a full 4.8cm of front legroom and 2.5cm in the back seat. The cargo space behind the rear seats is bigger too thanks to the larger Fusion platform.

As buyers get used to the finer things there seems to be no end to the features found in todays products. The latest Edge includes optional heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, a huge moon roof and a power tailgate with an automated release. Top end versions like the Sport and Titanium come with the MyFordTouch as standard equipment but it is available to lover trim levels as an option. As it stands today, the touch screen system is better the longer the driver uses the system, to the point that I actually like the way the system operates either on the centre screen or using the steering wheel controls. Sometime in 2016 Ford has committed to updating the MyFordTouch system with a new interface built on a new platform, moving away from Microsoft to Blackberry’s MQB architecture, which is used by many other brands today.

Prices range from $31,999 to just over $45,000 for the Sport model but these are starting prices, expect to pay more for things like the panoramic sunroof for $2000 and $3800 for the package that includes blind spot warning, lane departure warning, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, multi angle reversing camera and more on my test Titanium trim.

The Ford Edge was one of the original mid-sized crossovers when it was introduced in 2006. Over the years it has become a really nice product to drive and live with day-to-day. It does everything well and the cabin is a joy to spend time in. Consider the engine choices before you buy; the good old V6 might just be the one to choose for more consistent mileage.

Power: 2.0L turbo with 245hp, 3.5L V6 with 280hp and 2.7L turbo with 315hp

Economy: 11.5L/7.8L/100km (2.0L city/highway) 

Sticker price: $31,999-$45,199

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The good old V6 might just be the one to choose for more consistent mileage.
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