2007 Edge New Car Test Drive
The 2007 Ford Edge is an all-new crossover sport utility that answers the call for a roomy vehicle with utility and style. It isn't a truck. Nor is it a minivan. Yet it's more than a car.
The Edge handles better than the truck-based Explorer while offering almost as much cargo space. Benefiting from all-wheel drive and a fully independent suspension, it's easier to control than a truck-based SUV in the snow or on wet, slippery roads. Also, getting in and out of both the front and back seats is easier. 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. It competes with the Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander and other midsize crossover utility vehicles, all of which are larger than they appear.
We found the Edge delivered on its promise to be a dual-purpose vehicle. It's roomy and comfortable, and it has fully foldable seats for cargo carrying. It drives well, with good performance from a new V6 engine mated to a new six-speed transmission.
The Edge has a modern look we find appealing and its bold chrome grille adds to its presence. We're certain most will view the Edge as an edgy SUV more than a car. That's no doubt intentional, designed to be appealing for drivers moving from a traditional SUV who want a rugged look with room for the family and assorted stuff. Meanwhile, those who are moving across from a sedan will find they have not given up too much in the way of comfort and convenience and driving dynamics.
All Ford Edge models are powered by a brand-new 3.5-liter V6 engine producing 265 horsepower. It is coupled to a new six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive (AWD) is also available.
The Ford Edge SE ($25,320) includes cloth seats, power windows with driver one-touch down, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD/MP3. The SE is available with AWD ($26,970).
The SEL ($27,315) and SEL AWD ($28,965) come with upgraded seat materials, an aluminum surround on the instrument panel, automatic headlights, an auto dimming rearview mirror, fog lamps, dual chrome exhaust tips, and a body colored rear spoiler, mirrors and door handles.
The SEL Plus ($29,070) adds a Premium Package with leather trimmed seats with memory, dual electronic climate control system, exterior puddle lamps, heated seats and exterior mirrors, a particulate air filter, and audio controls on the steering wheel. The Seating Flexibility Package is also included which adds the remote release rear seat back and folding front passenger seat. The SEL Plus is also available with AWD ($30,720).
Options for the SEL include the Vista roof ($1,395), 18-inch wheels ($395), reverse sensing system ($245), navigation system ($2,380), Sirius Satellite Radio ($195), and a cargo management system ($65).
Safety features that come standard on all models include seat-mounted side-impact air bags for the front seats and side curtain airbags with rollover protection for both rows of seating, the mandated front airbags, anti-lock brakes with AdvanceTrac electronic stability control, and a tire-pressure monitoring system.