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2007 Ford Edge SEL
by Basem Wasef

In short: A stylish crossover SUV that is pleasant to drive.

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.

Ford Edge interior Ford Edge "Vista Roof"

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.

Ford Edge three-bar grille Ford Edge 265-horsepower V6

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.

Ford Edge

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Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000-mile basic warranty; 4-year/50,000-mile full maintenance program; 4-year/50,000-mile roadside assistance.

Base Price: $25,320 / As Tested $36,360

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 5-door SUV

Engine: 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower: 265 bhp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 250 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Curb weight: 4,282 lbs
Wheelbase: 111.2 in
185.7/75.8/67.2 in
Turning circle: 38.6 ft.

Brakes: four-wheel disc with ABS and electronic brake assist

Suspension: independent front and rear
Traction: traction control

front air bags, front side air bags, side curtain air bags

0-60 mph: 8.4 seconds
Top Speed: 111 mph (governed)

EPA City: 17 mpg
EPA Highway: 24 mpg

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Photography: Basem Wasef
Engine photo by Ford

(Updated: 07/30/08 HC)

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