2018 Ford Edge – car review The Edge’s tidy dimensions put it in a sweet spot between the Escape and the Explorer in the Ford SUV lineup. The mid-size, two-row crossover offers a cabin that is well appointed and spacious enough to accommodate four adults and their luggage for a road trip. From relaxed to rowdy, the Edge has a model for every driver’s taste. The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine sips fuel, but it’s the fire-breathing twin-turbo V-6 in the Sport model that will get a speed demon’s pulse racing. The Edge’s distinctive exterior and comprehensive options list let buyers easily outfit it to meet their needs, and its towing capacity makes it ideal for weekend warriors. HIGHS Roomy interior, range of engine options, intuitive infotainment system. LOWS Expensive active safety tech, mixed crash-test ratings, ho-hum warranty.
VERDICT Distinctive styling and a speedy Sport model set the Edge apart from its rivals. What’s New for 2018?. Two new option packages join the roster. First up is the SEL Sport Appearance package, which adds a darkened look with gray 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, skid plates, grille surround, rear spoiler, and exterior mirror caps. The package also adds more menacing black-accented headlamps, black window molding, and gray cloth seating surfaces. SEL, Titanium, and Sport trims can also be equipped with the Safe and Smart package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, an auto-dimming driver’s-side mirror, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Two new colors join the palette: Blue Metallic and Lightning Blue. What Was New for 2017?. The Titanium saw a new 20-inch wheel design, and four creatively named new colors joined the palette: Blue Jeans, White Gold, Canyon Ridge, and the $395 clear-coat Burgundy Velvet. Trims and Options We Chose for 2017. As much as we love the Edge Sport’s fiery twin-turbo V-6, it’s probably best to take a more pragmatic approach to family transport. Stepping up from the base SE to the midrange SEL cost $2840 and adds luxuries such as dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, body-color exterior mirror caps, and a keyless-entry touchpad. We’d pay an additional $625 to upgrade to the mid-level 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and $2910 for option package 201A, which includes:. • Ford’s upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system with an 80-inch touchscreen • An extra USB port• Premium nine-speaker stereo system. Our front-wheel-drive Edge SEL rang in at $35,620. All-wheel drive was available for $1495. Engine and Transmission Rating: . A trio of engines provides a wide range of performance, starting with an unhurried turbocharged inline-four and ending with a fire-powered twin-turbo V-6. All Edge models have a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive optional. What’s New for 2018?. Ford changed nothing mechanically under the Edge’s stubby hood for 2018. We’ve not yet tested a 2018 model, but we expect performance to remain the same as the models tested below. The base 20-liter turbocharged four-cylinder makes 245 horsepower and, despite its casual acceleration, should provide adequate power for most customers. We’d recommend stepping up to the 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6, which delivers added gusto. If you’re looking for an SUV that can outrun a Volkswagen Golf GTI from zero to 60 mph—and quite a few other zippy cars as well—check the box for the Edge Sport, which gets a 315-hp twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V-6 and standard all-wheel drive. The 3.5-liter V-6 we drove for this review proved more than powerful enough for merging into highway traffic, but its coarse nature isn’t as pleasing as the Jeep Grand Cherokee’s sweet, snarly V-6. The six-speed automatic seems like yestertech in this world of eight-, nine-, and 10-speed transmissions, but it’s quick to respond to requests for more power, although shifts are sometimes lumpy rather than silky smooth. The Edge ties the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport for the lowest towing capacity of this matchup, but 3500 pounds should be enough to haul a small trailer or weekend camper.