2012 Edge New Car Test Drive
The Ford Edge is a balanced, versatile five-passenger vehicle that works for a lot of buyers in a lot of ways, and the 2012 models offer several new features that expand its appeal further.
The 2012 Ford Edge is now available with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine called EcoBoost that achieves an EPA-estimated 30 miles per gallon Highway.
The 2012 Edge is quieter inside than last year's models thanks to new sound-deadening foam in the fenders and roof pillars and a thicker windshield. Also new for 2012 are subtle aerodynamic tweaks to all the models: re-shaped side mirrors and a new spoiler at the top of the liftgate. Launched as a 2007 model, Edge was re-styled and substantially improved for 2011.
The Ford Edge has been selling in strong numbers, and there's no mystery behind its success. With a blend of sedan and sport-utility attributes, Edge defines the idea of a so-called crossover vehicle. It mixes the ride and handling characteristics of a mid-size sedan with the high seating, commanding view and passenger/cargo flexibility of a conventional sport-utility vehicle. From there, Edge adds layers of appeal in a lot of different ways. For starters, it offers plenty of choices, in models, engines, drive configurations and features.
The 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard is smooth, solid and responsive. The slightly larger 3.7-liter V6 in the Edge Sport delivers the most horsepower and torque in the line, and more oomph than you'll find in a crossover anywhere south of full luxury brands. The new 2.0 EcoBoost delivers more than adequate power with its impressive fuel economy. Based on EPA ratings, all Edge variants deliver excellent fuel mileage compared with similarly configured competitors.
The Edge is not pretty, but it does look contemporary and, well, edgy. Its visual presence is defined by a long wheelbase and short overhangs past the tires at each end. Styling updates for 2011 minimized its barrel-shaped, toy-like impact and have given the Edge a more serious look. You probably won't notice the aerodynamic tweaks made to the 2012 Edge. EcoBoost models get special aerodynamic aids aimed at reducing drag.
A wide choice of models starts with the base Edge SE, which comes with all the essentials and plenty of niceties without overly complicated controls. The Edge Limited model approaches luxury grade with its leather upholstery, while the Edge Sport includes sporty paddle shifters for semi-manual shifting and piano-black trim.
Inside, the Edge presents the finish and ambience of a good sedan with nearly all the bells and whistles, including available premium audio, navigation and rear-seat DVD entertainment. The optional MyFordTouch voice/touch control interface will appeal to some buyers and has undergone its first round of refinement and improvement for 2012, but we found it cumbersome and annoying. Navigation and a rearview camera are useful options, though Ford doesn't have the best navigation systems. Edge can be transformed from five-seat people hauler to cargo carrier with a few quick adjustments. It can carry an eight-foot ladder or bundles of lumber inside, and still seat two. Properly equipped, Edge can tow a substantial 3,500 pounds.
All-wheel drive is available on all models except the base SE. The AWD is a valuable addition in the right climate, but it takes a measurable toll on fuel economy.
The 2012 Ford Edge is available with either a turbocharged four-cylinder engine or one of two V6s, in both front- and all-wheel drive. All models feature a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Edge SE ($27,550) comes with a 285-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 and front-wheel drive. It's equipped with air conditioning, single-CD audio with auxiliary input, a full complement of power features, Ford's MyKey parental control, rear privacy glass, projector beam headlights, and 17-inch alloy wheels. The 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder ($995) is optional. The SE Equipment Package 101A ($800) includes a numbered security pad for door entry, satellite radio, rear obstacle sensing, automatic headlights, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a compass, and a rear cargo management system.
Edge SEL ($31,080) adds more standard equipment, including dual-zone automatic climate control with particulate filter, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control and redundant audio controls, Ford's Sync voice-control system, a rear obstacle warning system, and 18-inch wheels with slightly wider tires. All-wheel drive ($1,995) is optional. The SEL Equipment Group 205A ($2,250) includes leather seating, MyFordTouch, rearview camera and ambient lighting.
Edge Limited ($34,935) upgrades with leather upholstery, heated front seats, rearview camera, a Sony audio upgrade with CD changer, MyFordTouch control interface, and chrome wheels.
Edge Sport ($37,110) is equipped like the Limited but with racier black exterior and interior trim, a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6, steering-wheel paddle shifters, and 22-inch wheels.
Options include a voice-activated navigation system ($795), a panoramic glass sunroof ($1,595), dual-screen rear seat DVD system ($1,995), and a power liftgate ($495).
Safety features on all Edge variants start with dual-threshold front airbags, front-passenger side impact airbags and head-protection curtains for all outboard seats. Standard active safety features include antilock brakes, Ford's ActiveTrack stability system with rollover mitigation, and a tire-pressure monitor. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Edge a Top Safety Pick. The optional rearview camera and rear obstacle warning system can help alert the driver to a child behind the vehicle when backing up, the Vision Package adds a blind-sport warning system with cross-traffic alert, and all-wheel drive can improve handling stability in adverse conditions.