The Ford Edge is a midsize crossover sport utility that offers better fuel economy and road manners than similarly sized truck-based SUVs such as the Ford Explorer.
The Edge handles better than traditional SUVs while offering almost as much cargo space. It's about 500 pounds lighter than an Explorer and enjoys an edge of three to four miles per gallon in fuel economy. It offers similar advantages over other traditional SUVs. Benefiting from an available all-wheel drive and a fully independent suspension, the Edge is easier to control than a truck-based SUV in the snow or on wet, slippery roads. Getting in and out of it is easier, too. Yet it gives up nothing in passenger and cargo space. In fact, the back seats in the Edge are roomier than those in the Explorer, a benefit of its design.
The Edge is not small. Considered a midsize crossover utility vehicle, the Edge competes with the Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander. All of these vehicles are larger than they look, a result of their slippery styling.
We found the Edge roomy and comfortable with fully foldable seats for carrying larger cargo. It drives well, with good performance from a modern V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.
The Edge has a contemporary look we find appealing. We like its bold chrome grille. We think it'll please buyers coming from SUVs who want a rugged look with room for the family and assorted stuff. And we think it'll satisfy buyers moving from a sedan who will find they haven't given up much in the way of comfort, convenience and driving dynamics.
Edge was introduced as a 2007 model. Changes for 2010 are relatively minor. Most significant are engine improvements resulting in fuel economy gains of one to two miles per gallon. Edge is EPA-rated at 18/25 mpg City/Highway with front-wheel drive, and 17/23 mpg with all-wheel drive.