2016 Edge New Car Test Drive
Redesigned for the 2015 model year, the five-passenger Ford Edge is stylish and focused on technology. This second-generation Edge is more athletic than its predecessor, both in looks and in performance. A range of powertrains is available to fulfill different needs.
The 2016 Ford Edge carries over largely unchanged. However, Ford is introducing a Sync 3 infotainment system that will be available on 2016 Edge models, featuring a streamlined menu and a capacitive screen interface. Adaptive steering also will be available, on upper trim levels of the 2016 Edge.
The Ford Edge comes standard with the turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder making 245 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque that delivers responsive performance. Also available is a 3.5-liter V6 rated at 280 horsepower.
The most enticing is the twin-turbocharged, direct-injected 2.7-liter V6 that comes in the Edge Sport. Rated at 315 horsepower and 375 pound-feet, it's strong and confident, performing in an understated manner that complements the Edge's other attributes. The Edge Sport has active noise cancellation, promising quieter running than other Edge models, especially along rougher pavement.
All-wheel drive is optional, front-wheel drive is standard. All Edge models use a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Ford Edge has scored well in crash-testing, earning five stars overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave Edge Good ratings in all except the small-overlap frontal-impact test.
Gas-mileage ratings are good, but not class-leading. Thriftiest choice is the EcoSport, EPA-rated at 20/30 mpg (City/Highway) with front-drive. The strong 2.7-liter V6 is rated 18/27 mpg with front-drive, just a hair better than the 3.5-liter V6.
The 2016 Ford Edge comes in four trim levels: Edge SE ($28,700) comes standard with air conditioning Sync connectivity. All-wheel drive is optional ($1,995). Edge SEL ($31,790) upgrades with cloth-upholstered seats, dual-zone climate control.
Edge Sport features the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6, special trim and performance upgrades.
Edge Titanium ($35,600) adds a hands-free tailgate and 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio. Options include a panoramic Vista Roof, 180-degree front camera, and heated rear seats. Active Park Assist lets the Edge steer itself into a space while you operate the accelerator and brake.
Safety features include a rearview camera and a glovebox-mounted knee airbag. Extra-cost safety features: adaptive cruise control with collision warning, lane keep assist, and inflatable rear seatbelts.