2009 Edge New Car Test Drive
The Ford Edge is a midsize crossover sport utility that offers better fuel economy and road manners than traditional truck-based SUVs such as the Ford Explorer.
The Edge handles better than truck-based SUVs while offering almost as much cargo space. It's 500 pounds lighter than an Explorer, enjoys an edge of two to three miles per gallon in fuel economy and offers similar advantages over other traditional SUVs. Benefiting from 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 big cargo carrying. 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.
The Ford Edge was introduced as a new product for the 2007 model year. A Limited model was added for 2008 and new features were added. For 2009, there is a Sport version, which features 22-inch alloy wheels mounting P265/40R22 Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires and an eight-piece body kit to give it a sporty look. There is also the availability of a next-generation voice-activated navigation system, Sirius Satellite Radio Travel Link, which is free for six months, and an ambient lighting package that illuminates the footwells.
The 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 253 pound-feet of torque, coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is available for all models except the SE.
The Edge SE ($26,635) is 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, and steering-wheel audio controls ($650); a trailer towing package ($395); and a roof rack ($95).
The Edge SEL ($29,545) and SEL AWD ($31,395) 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. A Leather Comfort Package ($1,125) includes leather upholstery, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, particulate air filter and six-way power fold-flat front passenger's seat. Other options include a blue suede interior ($525), cargo package ($555), Sight & Sound Package ($650), Panoramic Vista roof ($1,595), Ford's Sync entertainment and communications system ($395), 18-inch chrome wheels ($840), voice-activated navigation ($1,995), and DVD entertainment ($1,995).
The Edge Limited ($32,300) and Limited AWD ($34,150) 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, and the Limited is also available with 20-inch chrome-clad wheels ($895).
The Edge Sport ($34,755) and Sport AWD ($36,605) 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 a 22-inch machine-polished wheel package. 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.