March 26, 2012

2012 Ford Edge Sport

The Edge is a Crossover Utility Vehicle or CUV. 

Base Price: $27,770
As Driven: $40,425
Engine: 3.7L V6, 305 hp
Transmission: 6 Speed Shiftable Automatic
Curb Weight: 4,291 lbs.
Wheelbase: 111.2 inches
MPG Rating: 19 city/ 26 hwy

                The interior doesn’t quite have the awesome spaceship feel of the Taurus.  The seats are leather and heated.  The driver’s seat has 8-way power adjustments and the front passenger’s seat is 6-way.  The lumbar support was sufficient and helpful.
                The rear seat legroom is a respectable 39.6 inches.  The Nissan Murano measures at 36.3 and the Chevrolet Equinox is 39.9 inches.  There is more than enough room for two child safety seats in the back seat.  The cabin of the Edge feels airy and inviting. 
With all the seats in place the cargo capacity is measured at 32.2 cubic feet.  With the seats down the numbers soar to 68.9 cubic feet.  Murano’s capacity with seats in place is 31.6 and Equinox’s is 31.5.  Folding the rear seats down is an easy and efficient process. 
                The panoramic “Vista” sunroof tilts to allow in fresh air, but doesn’t slide open.  It was pretty cool when it started raining to see the drops streak across the whole roof, but eventually we closed the cloth cover to block out the sound of raindrops hammering the roof at 70mph.
                The overall interior of the Edge had the feeling of good quality plastics mixed with leather and comfort.  The visibility out the back can be a little limited, but it wasn’t something that restricted our driving pleasure.

                The Edge looks good, but it looks even better with the 22 inch black & chrome wheels, LED running lights, and the black Sport grille. 
                The Edge’s overall shape reminds us of an egg.  Not in a bad way, but in the “Romans used shapes like this to build aqueducts that have lasted thousands of years” kind of way.  Its shape is wider than the Equinox.  We’ve always thought the Equinox looks too tall; like it will tip over.  The Edge has 3.5 inches more width and it really benefits the overall look of the vehicle.
                The LED running lights are located on the lower outside edges of the bumper and look modern.  Offsetting the LED lights are Xenon headlamps, which help the Edge to look like an accountant dressed up for a night at the clubs.  Simple and functional during the day, but at night they shine (Who writes this stuff?).

                The Edge, like every other Ford we’ve driven recently, came with My Ford Touch.  Our dealer associates have told us that there is a software upgrade for My Ford Touch.  He also mentioned that this would be about an hour free service to upgrade your vehicle, or you could pick up a flash stick and do it yourself.  We assume the flash stick comes with detailed idiot-proof instructions.  So far we’ve seen a number of tweets that have been retweeted by Ford associates of customers’ positive reactions to the update process. 
The ability to browse your media device on the touch screen is still a welcome feature.  Other manufacturers make this option nonexistent or so difficult that the manual, a service tech, and a witch doctor can’t figure it out. 
The interior lighting color can be controlled through the touch screen.  The overview screen allows you to see the climate control settings, the audio information, simple navigation data, and your Bluetooth-paired phone information.  Pairing a phone has become relatively easy in almost all makes and models, but Ford was the first to make it simple to us.  They were also the first that we experienced, so that might be why it makes so much sense to us. 
                There is a digital tachometer when you switch the car over to manual mode to use the paddle shifters.  The tach served its purpose, but fortunately for it, the Edge is not a performance vehicle.  The tach wasn’t sensitive enough for our preferences of aggressive driving.
                The safety feature that really makes the Edge a competitor is the stability control with rollover avoidance logic.  This feature is similar to the Curve Control that is on the Explorer.  The vehicle will brake the appropriate tire when it thinks you’re about to push the vehicle out of its ability levels and off the road.  A really great feature that we felt activated in the Explorer, but didn’t push the Edge to that breaking point.
                The Sport comes with a 3.7L V6 that turns out 305 horsepower.  The Limited, SE, and SEL come with 3.5L V6 that produces 285hp.  The 3.7L averages 19 city and 26 highway, while the 3.5L averages the same city, but one mpg better on the highway.  Both engines have more than enough power to move the Edge through traffic with ease.  Optional on all models, except the Sport, is a 2.0L Ecoboost turbo-charged four cylinder engine that produces 240hp and averages 21 city and 30 highway, which is higher than the Acura RDX numbers that we recently tested.
The 6 speed shiftable automatic transmission has two drive options.  There is an automatic mode and a shiftable manual mode.  The shiftable manual mode uses the paddle shifters located on the steering wheel.  The manual mode allows you to select which gear you would like to stay in longer.  The shifts are slow and you have to plan ahead when you are really pushing the performance limits. 
The short wheelbase in the Edge makes it very maneuverable in city traffic and able to navigate rush hour traffic nimbly.  We didn’t push the limits that often in our Edge.  The weather decided to spend our test drive dumping buckets on us.  The curves of our favorite test road (K-5 between I-435 and Leavenworth) can be frightening when dry, but terrifying in the rain and none of us wanted to buy an Edge that we wrapped around a tree. 
Driving moderately and defensely, the Edge performed well.  The 3.7L V6 provided enough power and had good acceleration.  An AWD Edge Sport has been clocked at 7.0 seconds in a 0 to 60 test. 

                If you’re looking for a vehicle that raises your sight lines and makes you feel safe from that a Suburban will not be able to put you through a wall, then the Edge could be right for you.  If we were to make a move on owning an Edge, we would head towards a Limited model.  The Sport looks good, but the Limited has a slightly smaller engine with one mpg better on the highway and the same city mileage.  Plus the stock wheels on the Limited are not as low profile, which would increase the ride quality just a little and improve the ride from noticeably good to great.
                A similarly equipped Nissan Murano comes in at $38,710 and a Chevrolet Equinox is only $29,220, but only comes with a non-turbo 4 cylinder engine.  Don’t forget the Acura RDX is still out there with the chance of getting a deal right now. 

Thank you to our associates at Dick Smith Ford, who loaned us the Edge. 

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