The Canadian-built Ford Edge was on the receiving end of a major overhaul for 2015, complete with new looks, features, and powertrains to go with an improved drive.
The Edge is a Canadian favourite, and one of the most prominent models in the segment. With a versatile cabin, generous cargo space, all-wheel drive (AWD), and several engine options, there’s a perfect Edge for just about any shopper.
Advanced camera- and radar-based safety features play prominently into the lineup, giving safety-minded shoppers plenty of value. The latest version of Ford’s infotainment system is also on board, delivering more logical, smooth, and reliable operation than earlier versions.
Other available features include a panoramic roof, remote start, navigation, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, capless refuelling, automatic lights, and plenty more.
Shoppers may also wish to consider the Nissan Murano, Hyundai Santa Fe, Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Lincoln MKX.
Engine choices included a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder, a 2.7L turbo V6, and a 3.5L naturally aspirated V6. The 245 hp from the 2.0L turbo should prove sufficient for most shoppers, but the 3.5L’s 280 hp and 2.7L’s 315 hp are there for those looking for a bit more power.
What Owners Like
Owners say they appreciate the easy-to-use technology and enjoy a comfortable drive in most conditions. Expect a pleasing punch from the 2.7L engine, which sportier drivers seem to enjoy. The updated infotainment system is easy to learn, even for first-time touchscreen users.
What Owners Dislike
Owner complaints tend to centre around heavier-than-expected fuel consumption on some models, and a rougher-than-expected ride on sportier units – especially those fitted with larger wheels and lower-profile tires.
Pro Tip: Check Ride Comfort
Visit the roughest road you can find on your test drive and assess the ride comfort of the vehicle for yourself. Remember that models with smaller wheels and thicker tires will tend to turn in a more comfortable ride.
Pro Tip: Check the Battery
Is the used Edge you’re considering two or three years old? If so, consider having its battery tested by a professional to make sure it’s still healthy.
In many new vehicles, owners report the lifespan of the factory battery is about two to three years, and that a weak or dying battery can wreak havoc with onboard electronics, sensors, and more. With a battery test, a technician can quickly determine whether you might benefit from a new battery to prevent possible issues.
The Test Drive
Water Leak (Cabin)
Some 2015 units left the factory with a water leak. As such, some owners have reported water intrusion, possibly severe enough to cause visible water pooling in the floor of the vehicle. Many have not. This problem was confined to vehicles built within a specific range of dates, and dealers are aware of it. Here’s some more reading.
When test-driving any Ford Edge – and especially a 2015 – carefully check as much of the vehicle carpeting as you can for signs of moisture, dampness, mould, or water staining. If you notice any, you’re advised to move to another unit. Go with a 2016 or newer Edge if possible to steer away from this potential issue.
Check the Lighting
Check all exterior lighting for proper operation, and signs of burned-out bulbs. While you’re at it, carefully inspect the headlight housings for signs of a problematic buildup of condensation inside. A small amount of fog is considered normal, but if the headlight housings have large water droplets or pooled water inside, they’ll need to be replaced (hopefully under warranty).
The rear light bar and LED taillight assemblies should also be triple-checked for signs of condensation, water droplets, or pooled water. Owners say that out-of-warranty replacement costs can be expensive.
Some copies of the available 2.7L V6 engine experienced an oil pan leak, and you’ll want to make sure the unit you’re considering doesn’t have it before you buy.
Check the engine oil level carefully, and check beneath the vehicle for signs of oil leakage on the ground beneath. Better, have a technician take a look during an on-the-hoist inspection, which will reveal this problem quickly. Some owners report multiple pan and gasket replacements may be required to remedy the leak.
Many used Edge models you may be considering are still under factory warranty. That warranty is a two-way agreement which requires the owner to maintain the vehicle to a standard that’s clearly outlined in the maintenance schedule, located in the owner’s manual.
Skipping maintenance or stretching maintenance intervals may void the vehicle’s warranty. Check all service records to confirm that the vehicle’s seller hasn’t voided the warranty, which could prove costly.
On some earlier units from this generation, owners have complained of a hard “bite”, or unnaturally strong reaction from the brake pedal in certain conditions. At lower speeds, and especially in cold and wet conditions, light application of the brake pedal may result in a sensation of slamming on the brakes.
Test for this yourself by driving at city speeds and lightly touching the brakes several times throughout the test drive. If you feel the brakes are too sensitive, have the vehicle checked by a dealer technician.
Here’s some more information on the problem, and how dealers may be able to fix it. Buying a used vehicle that exhibits any signs of braking trouble is not advised.
Don’t forget to triple-check for proper operation of the sunroof, power tailgate, remote starter, steering-wheel controls, rear-seat HVAC and entertainment controls, and all door locks, switches, and latches before you buy. Problems with these systems and parts seem fairly rare, though a quick check of the above can prevent unwanted surprises down the line.
Thankfully, the most commonly reported issues with this generation of Ford Edge should be easy to spot on a test drive and subsequent pre-purchase inspection (PPI) before you agree to buy. If it fits your budget and tastes, a 2016 or newer unit without the 2.7L V6 may well be your safest bet.
NHTSA: 5/5 Stars
IIHS: Top Safety Pick (2015)
Here’s a list of recalls.