2010 Edge New Car Test Drive
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.
The 2010 Ford Edge comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport. All models are powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.
The Edge SE FWD ($26,920) and SE AWD ($28,770) are equipped with cloth upholstery, driver's seat lumbar adjustment, air conditioning, cruise control, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, 60/40 split second-row seat, power windows, power locks, power mirrors, remote keyless entry, four-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack, rear spoiler, and P235/65R17 tires on alloy wheels. Options include a Convenience Package, which includes an auto-dimming mirror, reverse sensing system, automatic headlamps, door-entry keypad, steering-wheel audio controls, and Satellite Radio ($845), and a roof rack ($95).
The Edge SEL FWD ($29,920) and SEL AWD ($31,770) add fog lamps, six-way power driver's seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, keyless keypad entry, six-disc CD changer, automatic headlights, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and a vehicle information center. The SEL Rapid Spec Package 202A ($2,555) includes the Leather Comfort Package (which consists of leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, particulate air filter and six-way power fold-flat front passenger's seat), and adds 18-inch chrome wheels and 245/60R18 tires. Other options include a cargo package ($555), Panoramic Vista roof ($1,595), Ford's Sync entertainment and communications system ($395), navigation ($2,380), and DVD entertainment ($1,995).
The Edge Limited FWD ($32,720) and Limited AWD ($34,570) come with leather upholstery, Ford's Audiophile sound system with nine speakers, Ford Sync communications and entertainment system, rear park assist, heated front seats, flat-folding six-way power adjustable front passenger seat, memory for the driver's seat and exterior mirrors, second-row reclining and power-folding split seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, universal garage door opener, interior air filter, heated mirrors, and P245/60R18 tires on chromed alloy wheels. Items not included as standard on the Limited are available as options, for the same prices as on the SEL.
The Edge Sport FWD ($33,920) and Sport AWD ($35,770) come with unique features, including leather seating with Alcantara suede inserts; an eight-piece body kit with special front and rear fascias, body-side cladding, and side-skirt rocker moldings; and 22-inch machine-polished wheels. Options available on other trim levels are also available on the Sport.
Safety features that come standard on all models include dual front airbags, seat-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, side-curtain airbags with rollover protection for both rows of seating, anti-lock brakes, traction control, AdvanceTrac electronic stability control with rollover mitigation, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Rear park assist is available and can help alert the driver to objects or people behind the vehicle when backing up.
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