• Aug 23rd 2010 at 7:24PM
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According to popular American folklore, you should always buy the biggest engine available. Such thinking likely became prevalent in the 1950s, when the American automotive industry was busy building new V8 engines, experimenting with multiple carburetors and high compression, and generally discovering the art of hot-rodding. Gas prices? Fuel economy? Pfft. It was a great time to be an American.

These days, life isn't quite so simple. There are countless reasons to consider a downsized powerplant. First off, we all care about fuel mileage and many of us care about emissions. Then there's the cost consideration, and, finally, the biggest engine isn't always the best performer. Proof of such can be seen in the new 2011 Ford Edge, that we just drove ourselves and that was recently put through the full testing regime by the boys at Motor Trend.

There are currently two V6 engines available in the Edge (a 2.0-liter EcoBoost is on the way in a few months), a 3.5-liter and a 3.7, which comes straight from the Mustang. Power for the smaller engine comes in at 280 horses and 253 pound-feet of torque. The larger 3.7 puts out 305 horses and 280 lb-ft and is available only in the Edge Sport. So, the Sport is the fastest, right?

Not so fast... literally. MT clocked a 7.1-second run to 60 in the base Edge, but only managed a disappointing 7.6 seconds in the 3.7-powered Edge Sport. Apparently, the problem is weight. The base Edge tipped MT's scales at 4075 pounds while the Sport came in at an obese 4405, part of which can be explained by the addition of all-wheel drive. In any case, the Edge Sport, with its massive 22-inch wheels and wide tires, can't keep up with the base Edge in a straight line.

On the flip side, the AWD Edge Sport (with those aforementioned oversize wheels and tires) handily out-handled its base model sibling. In other words, this is a case where you need to pick your poison, either handling or straight-line acceleration. And of course the upcoming EcoBoost will add another interesting option to consider in a few short months.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Lets see ... I live in Canada so we have big wide open roads.

      We do not have race tracks and our speed limits are 100km/h for the highway, and 50/60km/h for municipalities and cities ... do I really care that a lower modeled Edge can out pace me by .5 of a second when my AWD will run circles around the FWD during the 4 months of snow we have over here?

      So thank you for the effort and informative article MT, I will still stick to the beautiful and awesome Edge Sport.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They make a 2011 Edge Sport that's not AWD... Why didn't they compare the FWD Sport to the FWD SEL?

      Headline: Heavier car slower than less expensive lighter car!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh well, I'll still take the Edge Sport..

      Few people will be drag racing these things anyway.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly, expensive, 4400lbs, only seats five, doesn't hold that much cargo, teens for overall mpg and slow. Why on Earth would anyone buy this thing let alone give it a review without heavily criticizing any of these major shortcomings?

      It seems like all objectivity when it comes to covering Ford and their refreshes is out the window because of the government-controlled bankruptcy and loans to Chrysler and GM, the latter of the two products that are just as good if not better than Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ....fair enough trishield, but what's your point?!! You can say that about nearly all CUVs of ALL makes of which many are worse vehicles than the edge in many ways, and many that cost far more. I trust you will inform the Lexus rx 350 review readers about what a camry in disguise with awd and a really nice interior has going for it...least appealing it's ridiculous price tag!

        In my world the CUV segment is a rerun of the mini van boom with less room and more style and performance. With a little time I'm hopeful CUV's will be as popular as mini vans are now.

        For those that have a need for seating many, and don't want a van, the Flex is by far the trickest, best value road tripper for the price....
      • 5 Years Ago
      While these are still decent acceleration times for CUVs it really underscores in my mind how quick the Rav-4 and Venza are. Venza with "only" 268hp hits 60 in 6.7 and the Rav-4 is even faster. Ive seen 6.3 in a few tests.

      Heres to hoping Ford can make a quicker and more efficient car with he 2.0L turbo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Edge is based on the CD3 (aka the GG Mazda 6), not the D. Pretty disgusting considering it started just around 3000 lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey MikeW, what was the 0-60 time for the Rav4 AWD Sport model? Still about 6.3 seconds, or does the gearing slow it down a bit?
        • 5 Years Ago
        C&D got 6.3
        and Toyota left you a [small] avenue to speed things up; replace the 225/65 17 tires with 235/60 17. The wheels are wide enough.

        and Toyota had a 3.478 axle ratio, if you wanted your RAV4 to finish the 1/4 at 100mph.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Weight is the biggest factor. A Rav4 V-6 FWD weighs under 3600lbs. A Venza V-6 FWD comes in at under 3900lbs.

        But then again you gotta factor in the conditions MT tested and whatnot.

        But I have a feeling the D-Platform Ford is using is on it's way out and that the Explorer is the last vehicle to use it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        and Toyota really slowed down the RAV4 V6 by using tall gearing. 3.08 axle ratio for front drive AND 'awd' instead of using 3.291 for 'awd'.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Kinda weird, considering the power to weight ratio is about identical for both models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And this is important because speed is the essence behind all ford flex purchases.

      ...play me off, johnny,
        • 5 Years Ago
        Who said anything about the Flex?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There is only one Model that the AWD version is quicker than the 2WD counterpart and not much difference in fuel economy. That is the Highlander Hybrid (or the Lexus luxury version).
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd take the Edge Lite if I were to take an Edge at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL, sportiness for a 2 tons vehicle crossover. I find that's just an oxymoron, maybe it's just me, but it looks like a tank, a fortress for urban street.
      • 5 Years Ago
      DUH. I like how the writer mentions AWD 3/4 of the way through the article.

      Slow news day? Did you transfer here from the National Enquirer?

      • 5 Years Ago
      All show and no go.
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