The Edge couldn’t come at a better time for the Ford Motor Company. Suffering massive losses and desperate for a hit, the domestic manufacturer has focused its efforts on the rapidly growing crossover market. Incorporating the practicality of an SUV without the bloated, oversized wastefulness of plus-sized behemoths like the Expedition and Excursion, the Edge uses an extended Mazda CX-7 chassis and boasts characteristics that make it more of a high-riding mid-size sedan than a gas-guzzling urban assault vehicle.
Crisply styled with flat, flush surfaces and a shiny three bar grille—Ford’s new unifying design cue that is also seen on their Fusion—the Edge is aimed at active thirtysomethings who seek stylish transportation that is nimbler and lower to the ground than a typical SUV. While the Edge’s chassis is well behaved, it cannot be confused with a sporty sedan; the center of gravity is simply too high, and the vehicle’s bulk lends it an air of awkwardness during tight maneuvering.
Nonetheless, driving the Edge is a pleasant experience. Its distant windshield and comfortable seats create an environment conducive for road trips or long commutes. Power from the 3.5 liter, 265-horsepower V6 is adequate but not explosive, exhibiting less low-end torque than is typical for an American powerplant. However, the mill is well suited to its 6-speed automatic transmission, which adapts shift points to varying driving styles.
An optional “Vista Roof” provides a massive overhead view of the sky, and the spacious rear seats recline quite a bit, enabling a refreshing al fresco distraction from the optional eight-inch DVD screen. Other available amenities include a reverse sensing system, touchscreen navigation, Sirius satellite radio and leather seats.
While the front-wheel-drive Edge starts at just under $26,000, it’s surprisingly easy to add options and send the sticker price well into the mid-30s. A solid contender with an attractively faceted personality, the Edge’s true test will be whether it can capture enough market share to help turn Ford around.
Read a review of the 2010 Ford Edge
Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assistance.