Ford Edge Redesign Review
The Ford Edge spaces generally into the center of Ford’s huge lineup of SUVs and hybrids. On the littler side are the EcoSport and Escape; the Explorer, Flex, and Expedition complete Ford’s scope of SUVs. At 188 creeps long (4,775mm), the Edge looks increasingly like a squat SUV with a blunt-looking front end than other compact crossovers like the Volkswagen Tiguan. Ford’s makeover for the Flex manifests itself with new bi-LED headlights, new 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels (20-inch wheels come with the Titanium Elite package), sportier-looking front and rear fascia, and a wider grille. And you can admire the new liftgate appliqué as you walk toward the Edge with your bags of groceries.
In the event that you need to think about the condition of the automobile business in the US, look no further than Ford. That means more attention to models like the Explorer and Escape, plus the return of the Bronco (will it be available in OJ Simpson White).
Ford Edge Redesign Interior
Ford has given the interior a clean and uncluttered feel, accomplishing this by tweaking the center console and dashboard areas. The gear shift lever has been replaced with a dial; in front of the dial and cupholders is a pop-open compartment that houses a wireless charging pad and a pair of USB ports; you’ll need the latter for CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford put most of the climate controls below the touchscreen infotainment system, but changing vents requires a trip to the climate settings in the infotainment system. There’s a large power and volume dial for the radio between tune and seek controls; everything else is in the infotainment display.
While I don’t think the exterior of the Edge is anything special, Ford has done a very good job with the interior, with one caveat: If you’re over 6’2″ (188cm), you may find yourself short on room. It was OK for me at 6’1″ (185cm), but I invited my 6’5″ neighbor over to check it out. He folded himself into the driver’s seat and didn’t have enough space. Tall people, take note.
To the extent infotainment frameworks go, Ford Sync has developed on me since I initially experienced it in the EcoSport and a few rentals. Match up 3 has a perfect and basic interface, and it’s anything but difficult to discover what you’re searching for.
Our review model included a panoramic sunroof, which eats into headroom for passengers in the back seat. There’s a reasonable amount of legroom for an adult, but I wouldn’t want to be stuck back there for a long trip. Indeed, Ford appears to have prioritized cargo space over passenger space—there’s a whopping 39.2 cubic feet (1,110L) of room behind the second row, and that increases to 73.4 cubic feet (2,078L) with the second row folded flat.
The instrument panel is smartly done, featuring an analog speedometer flanked by a pair of 4.2-inch displays, each controlled by a dedicated set of buttons on the steering wheel. The right display can be configured to show phone, entertainment, or navigation info. The left display features the fuel gauge and can be tweaked to display other information (e.g., tachometer, mileage, driver assist settings). You can cram so much data onto the left display that it becomes difficult to read, but the variety of display options is useful. The steering wheel itself feels on the small side, and the number of buttons leaves an impression of clutter.
Ford Edge Redesign Exterior
Passage’s driver-help innovation is among the best I’ve seen from a standard SUV. The Edge Titanium accompanies the full suite of driving guides. Adaptive cruise control includes stop-and-go support, which makes driving in rush-hour traffic slightly less evil. Turn on lane centering, and the Edge will follow the contours of the road to keep you smack dab in the middle of your lane. The sensors did a fine job tracking faded lane markers at night as well.
The Edge felt a bit chunky on curving roads, with a hint of top-heaviness. Simultaneously, the front MacPherson swaggers and back twin-tube safeguards give a genuinely smooth and simple ride—even with the 20-inch wheels.
The four-cylinder power plant is a solid but unspectacular performer. You can go from zero to 60mph in 6.8 seconds, and if you do, you will hear about it from the engine, which I found had a somewhat high-pitched drone under acceleration. Aside from some engine noise seeping through, the insulating side glass does a commendable job of filtering out other road noise.
When it’s time to park, the Edge is ready to help. Not with standing the reinforcement camera, there is a 180° front camera that is particularly valuable for maneuvering into difficult situations. And if you dread parallel parking or dealing with a cramped parking lot, you can let the Edge park itself. When you press the parking button, the Edge will search for a parking space. Once one is spotted, all you need to do is switch between drive and reverse as instructed and tap the brakes. I tried both perpendicular and parallel parking, and it worked flawlessly.
Ford Edge Redesign Engine
Passage has outfitted the Edge with a 2.0L, 16-valve turbocharged motor equipped for 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and 275lb-ft (373Nm) of torque at 3,000rpm, which accompanies the SE, SEL, and Titanium trim. There’s another eight-speed programmed transmission with standard front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is standard on the SL and accessible over the remainder of the lineup). Our survey vehicle had the four-banger in the engine.