In 2007, the Ford Edge brought a new sense of style and drive to the crossover segment and its urban abilities set the bar for the growing group of compact SUVs. Even though last year’s Edge was an ideal vehicle for cruising the city streets, the new model is even more equipped with tech features and convenience items. The car is now more confident, comfortable and quieter – qualities you would expect in a luxury sedan, not necessarily a crossover – so it’s no wonder 400,000 models have been driven home since its debut. For 2011, the Ford Edge five-seat crossover gets a design and technological makeover that is simple enough to use but advanced enough to make even the slightest geek go gaga.
What's to Like
The 2011 Edge is practically an entirely new vehicle. The interior is more comfortable, the ride is quieter and the fuel economy is among the best in its class. Everything that Ford aimed for while upgrading this crossover, they accomplished. It has new brakes, rear suspension and impressive interior and exterior changes, all altered based on comments from previous buyers.
What's Not to Like
While the ride itself is quite smooth and enjoyable overall, the fancy new features are definitely overwhelming. If safety is key, it’s hard to imagine how one would navigate through touch screens, voice commands, horoscopes and stock market quotes (all of which are available with Ford’s MyTouch technology) while going 70 on the highway.
DriverSide Driving Impressions
Given the overall size of the Edge, the interior is surprisingly cozy. Controls are comfortably within reach of the driver, and all the passengers have ample room as well. Whether you’re taking on steep, windy roads or poorly paved interstates, the Edge won’t let you down. The redesigned vehicle, with its additional power, gives you enough speed to have fun but enough control to keep you out of trouble. It’s easy to maneuver and quick to respond. And with a 3500-pound towing capacity and optional all-wheel drive, the Edge proves that it isn’t just a pretty face.
Engine and Drivetrain
The Edge is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a 3.7-liter V-6 for the Sport. If you’re looking for the best fuel economy however, you’ll want to wait for the 2.0 EcoBoost engine, first offered in the Explorer, which will be available next year. Horsepower is up 20 from last year, putting it at 285hp with 253 lb-ft of torque for the SE, SEL and Limited. The Sport boasts 305 hp and 280 lb-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to a six-speed transmission and come in standard front-wheel drive with optional all-wheel drive.
Interesting Vehicle Features and Options
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