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By Katrina Ramser
San Francisco Bureau
The Auto Channel

INTRO TO THE EDGE VEHICLE The Ford Edge is a roomier two-row crossover than most, which can be a nice change if you’re feeling cramped inside compact SUVs and just don’t buy into the limited rear space of some third-row vehicles.

I drove a 2017 Ford Edge with the turbocharged 315-horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The Edge continues to be offered in four trims – the base SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. My Sport test drive came with the following standard features: leather-trimmed seats; ten-way driver’s seat; heated front seats; SYNC 3 with an eight-inch touchscreen; Sony audio system with HD Radio; a rearview camera; sport-tuned suspension; smart charging media bin with USB ports; leather-wrapped steering wheel with five-way controls; push-button start; power liftgate; reverse sensing system; Ford’s MyKey; and nineteen-inch wheels. Total vehicle price as described without options came to $40,900.

Having taken on a redesign two model years ago, expect minor tweaks. Competition in terms of size and style include the GMC Acadia, Acura MDX and Nissan Murano.


Stylish But Comfortable Results: Ford does offer a refined interior with top-quality materials and technology that looks and feels very modern. The newer SYNC 3 system features a layout much easier to navigate during quick glances, ultimately getting you to your desired music and contacts quicker. My Sport test drive came with an optional $3,345 Equipment Group 401A (voice-activated touchscreen, safety technology, heated rear seats, 180-degree backup camera, Park Assist); a $1,150 Collision Warning System; $995 21-inch premium alloy wheels; and $195 second-row inflatable seatbelts (which are very bulky for small children to click in themselves). While the seats are certainly comfortable, even for a tall woman like myself I felt a bit swallowed up by the size of the vehicle and it did my special awareness ability when parking.

Reliability & Safety Factor: The 2017 Ford Edge earned mainly “Good” crash test results with The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) – except for an “Acceptable” in small-overlap frontal. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gives it a Five-Star rating. Safety features include Advance Trac with Roll Stability Control (RSC); Anti-Lock Brakes; dual-stage front airbags; seat-mounted side airbags; SOS Post-Crash Alert System; Belt-Minder System; LATCH; Tire-Pressure Monitoring System; and Ford’s MyKey that allows parents to control the audio and speed through key fobs when their teenager takes the wheel. Highly recommended for a vehicle of this size is the optional safety technology such as Blind Spot Monitoring, Land Departure Warning and Enhanced Park Assist.

Cost Issues: The base Edge SE starts at $28,950 with my loaded Sport trim topping out at $46,980. A base 2017 Acura MDX starts at $44,050 with a recent Sport Hybrid at $58,000 with three optional packages that are needed to elevate the comfort of the vehicle.

Activity & Performance Ability: The turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 give the Edge noticeable power and precision paired with commanding brakes and a responsive suspension system. You also have the choice of a 2-liter four-cylinder engine and a 3.5-liter V6. My only complaint is a sense of bulkiness – just don’t skip on the upgraded safety technology. Although pricier, it might be worth your time to test Acura's Earth Dreams Technology engine that features a solid mix of enhancements to their 3.5-liter V6; and one of the main highlights for the Acura MDX Hybrid is a fuel economy at 27 miles-per-gallon combined.

The Green Concern: The 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost gets 17-city/24-highway driving for an average of 20 miles-per-gallon with all-wheel drive. If its excellent fuel economy you seek in a two-row SUV, you can step down in luxury to a Honda CR-V with the 1.5-liter engine for an EPA-estimated 27-city and 33-highway for a combined fuel economy of 29 miles-per-gallon (I was recently able to get 28.8 on Eco Mode during a test drive).

The Ford Edge has always possessed luxury-class crossover attitude, giving drivers a sense of modern style and comfort when driving – just make sure you also don’t feel a sense of being overpowered, as it does feel like a cumbersome SUV when behind the wheel. Nothing some safety equipment can’t fix, but much comes at an extra cost.

©2017 Katrina Ramser

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