The Ford Edge wasnâ€™t the first crossover to hit the market back when it debuted in 2007. That distinction belonged to the Nissan Murano. Fast forward eight years and the Edge is now the king of the hill in terms of sales.
Ford is striving to keep that status in the midsize crossover segment by delivering a vehicle packed with technology. Frankly, some of it is gimmicky while other bits are fairly spot on for the evolving new car buyer.
Whatâ€™s gimmicky? The full suite of parking technology that is an available option on the Titanium level. It will parallel park you and back you into a parking space, which is technically called reverse perpendicular parking. Itâ€™s a marvel of electrical engineering to see it in action. One other twist is the Edge can also now help you pull out of a parallel space, which could be especially effective if you get hemmed in.
If the system works so well, why is it a gimmick? Itâ€™s probably something 99% of Edge buyers will never use. The system doesnâ€™t work fast enough to be effective in an urban environment with even moderately busy traffic. Plus, thanks to the outstanding cross-traffic alert system, it is now easier than ever to back safely out of a parking space.
Whatâ€™s not gimmicky is the lane keep assist technology. As its name suggests, it will keep you between the lines. It worked well during the media program outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. The Edge can briefly drive itself before a reminder pops up to put your hands back on the wheel. Combine it with the available adaptive cruise control and you really are one step closer to autonomous driving.
Itâ€™s all part of a $5,645 package available on the Titanium trim level, which itself has a starting price of $36,245 before delivery. Youâ€™re looking at $41,445 to achieve both the useful and gimmicky technology.
Lets move beyond technology and look at the important stuff: engine choices. The Edge is offered with two new engines – a standard twin-scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine and a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. A naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 engine is also available and is targeted at people who want flex-fuel capability. All models are equipped with dual output exhaust and a six-speed automatic transmission and are rated to tow up to 3500 lbs. (The six-speed automatic seems dated compared to other offerings out there but Ford is working on new nine-speed and 10-speed transmissions in partnership with GM. They could help improve fuel economy even more.)
The all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost twin scroll turbo, with its 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, is considered the baby brother to the 2.3-liter EcoBoost found in the 2015 Mustang. Itâ€™s an engine that gets the job done in terms of acceleration and passing. Is it going to snap you back in your seats?
Nope, but the 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 will. Itâ€™s rated at 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. Ford wonâ€™t release 0-60 times but says this engine is a full second faster than the previous generation. It also claims it is faster than the BMW X5, which has a 0-60 time of 6.0 seconds from its 3.5-liter V6.
The only engine most people are going to need is the 2.0-liter. Adding the 70 horsepower of the 2.7-liter EcoBoost is going to add $10,000 above the base Edge and $2500 over the somewhat comparable Titanium trim level. If possible, drive the two engines back-to-back.
One big complaint with the 2015 Ford Edge would have to be the wind noise coming off the sideview mirrors. It was more noticeable in the Sport model â€“ and this is the top-of-the-line Edge offered. The model driven for 120 miles in various road conditions was the Sport with an MSRP of $45,785.
The mirror noise was sufficient enough to overcome the significant noise, vehicle, harshness improvements Ford has made with the Edge. They include a standard acoustic windshield and available front side acoustic glass. Ford has also added acoustic underbody panels and new hood seal. Possibly the noise was more significant because we were behind the wheel of a pre-production model.
The interior and exterior of the Edge have gone through extensive changes. The exterior embraces the evolving Ford design philosophy, described as â€ślooking fast when standing still.â€ť Its grill is heavily influenced by the Ford Taurus. The interior has been updated nicely but itâ€™s still a Ford. The Edge hasnâ€™t caught up the Murano but itâ€™s as nice as the Honda CR-V.
The front-wheel-drive Edge Sport returns EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 18-mpg city, 27-mpg highway and 21-mpg combined. EPA-estimated ratings for the all-wheel-drive model are 17-mpg city, 24-mpg highway and 20-mpg combined. The front-wheel-drive Edge with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost returns 20-mpg city, 30-mpg highway and 24-mpg combined. Its AWD numbers are 20-mpg city, 28-mpg highway and 23-mpg combined. The V6 Edge is rated at 18-mpg city, 26-mpg highway and 21-mpg combined for the FWD model and 17-mpg city, 25-mpg highway and 20-mpg combined for the AWD model.
All in all, the 2015 Ford Edge is a nice vehicle that has seen its interior and exterior design vastly improved. It has a good choice of engines. The base Edge SE at $28,995 seems like a good value but all the bells and whistles sees that price jump to more than $45,000 on the Sport trim with all-wheel drive, a $1,500 option available on all trim levels.
- Wheelbase: 112.2 in.
- Length: 188.1 in.
- Width (including mirrors): 85.8 in.
- Height: 68.6 in.
- Curb weight: 4060 lbs.
- Engine: 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6
- Horsepower: 315 @ 4,750 rpm
- Torque: 350 lb. ft. @ 2,750 rpm
- EPA estimated mpg city/highway: 17-city/24-highway/20-combined
- Base price: $40,095
- As-tested price: $45,785
- Also consider: (a comparative vehicle) Nissan Murano, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Santa Fe