Ford continues its multi-pronged approach to the mid-size crossover/SUV segment by offering its customers a choice of five- or seven-seat models. The smallest and the only one with just two rows of seating is the Edge, a vehicle that has done well for Ford considering it has not changed the Edge's basic shape since the model's introduction more than a decade ago.
And while Ford has updated and expanded the Edge's mechanicals, those carry over for 2018. What's new this year is a sport appearance package for the SEL trim that adds grey 19-inch wheels with matching mirror caps and rear spoiler, grey fabric seats with perforated suede inserts and a textured dash applique.
As before, there are four trims and three engines available. SE, SEL and Titanium trims come standard with a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque; the option is a 3.5L V6 good for 280 hp and 250 lb-ft. Sport trim gets the exclusive use of a 2.7L turbo V6 capable of 315 hp and 350 lb-ft. All three engines come matched with a six-speed automatic transmission; SE, SEL and Titanium start out as FWD models that can be optioned with AWD, while the Sport is AWD only.
Despite a decade's worth of what feel like mostly incremental changes, the Edge has aged well and continues to be one of the most pleasant drives in its class. Standard features include passive keyless entry, side mirrors with integrated wide-angle blind spot mirrors, manual air conditioning, six-way driver and four-way front passenger manual seat adjustments, SYNC infotainment and 18-inch wheels.
Heated front seats only become standard in the SEL model, and a heated steering wheel is optional until you reach the Titanium trim.
Ford is behind the curve in terms of advanced safety kit: The Edge can be optioned with blind spot monitoring, a lane keeping system, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise with forward collision warning, but that last feature doesn't include automatic emergency braking.
Available niceties include a hands-free tailgate, active park assist, panoramic sunroof, front 180-degree camera, navigation, 20-inch wheels and an eight-inch infotainment display.
Fuel consumption estimates for AWD models are 11.9/8.7 L/100 km (city/highway) with the 2.0L engine, 13.5/9.1 with the 3.5L V6 and 13.8/9.8 for the Sport's 2.7L turbo V6.
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