A Feature-Filled Ford With a Fantastic Top Engine
The only other Edge most of us have driven was one just like this 2.7-liter Sport test SUV that finished third in a three-vehicle comparison test. Why not send us the fortified 2.0-liter EcoBoost and/or a 3.5-liter, natural V-6 (as we requested) so we could evaluate the value, efficiency, and performance of these less pricey Edges? What’s that quote about insanity?
Stay tuned to MotorTrend.com as the 2016 Motor Trend SUV of the Year contenders and finalists are revealed in advance of the official winner announcement on the evening of November 16. Learn about other SUV of the Year contenders at the links below. Check out the SUV of the Year evaluation process HERE, and read about the evolution of our Of The Year awards HERE.
Once again the editors lauded the 315-hp, 350-lb-ft, twin-turbo V-6 for the effortless way it achieves highway speeds and how it deftly teams with the no-tricks all-wheel-drive system to scale obstacles such as our rutted loose gravel hill with ease. Several of us questioned how adept the 2.0-liter would be at these tasks, though the larger Explorer’s 2.3-liter performed well enough to suggest a four-banger Edge might have done OK.
The judges also complimented the generally quiet interior; the roomier, heated, reclining, and one-touch folding rear seats; and the enlarged cargo area. Although the abundant features of this top-shelf Edge were appreciated, most questioned the value proposition of a $46,375 USD Edge. Chris Walton, however, saw it as a bargain compared with the $63,275 USD Lincoln MKX.
Not surprisingly, the negative logbook entries largely mirrored those in our comparison test. The Sync system got dinged for slow responses, but the ride and handling got the most folks going. Cornering limits are generally high, though the stability control felt heavy-handed on the nicest twisty sections. Noted Christian Seabaugh: “For a Sport model, the steering lacks any real sporty feel, and the transmission is reluctant to hold gears in Sport mode. That’s a disappointment considering how fantastic the engine is.” Jason Cammisa said, “The ride is fidgety and stiff with a ton of interior rattles to match.” And Ron Kiino summed it up this way: “The ride is firm and busy, but the handling doesn’t feel especially sporty—I got a fair amount of tire squeal, which was surprising.”
|2015 Ford Edge Sport AWD|
|Price As Tested||$46,375|
|Vehicle Layout||Front-engine, AWD, 5-pass, 4-door SUV|
|Engine||2.7L/315-hp/350-lb-ft twin-turbo DOHC 24-valve V-6|
|Length x Width x Height||188.1 x 75.9 x 68.6|
|Curb Weight (F/R Dist)||4,406 lb (60/40%)|
|Acceleration, 0-60 mph||5.7 sec|
|Quarter Mile||14.3 sec @ 95.9 mph|
|Braking, 60-0 mph||120 ft|
|Lateral Acceleration||0.87 g (avg)|
|MT Figure Eight||26.2 sec @ 0.72 g (avg)|
|EPA City/Hwy/Comb||17/24/20 mpg|
|Energy Consumption, City/Hwy||198/140 kW-hrs/100 miles|
|CO2 Emissions||0.99 lb/mile|
|Real MPG City/Hwy/Comb||19/24/21|
2016 Motor Trend SUV of the Year Contenders:
- BMW X6
- Chevrolet Trax
- Fiat 500X
- Ford Edge
- Ford Explorer
- Honda HR-V
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jeep Renegade
- Kia Sorento
- Land Rover Discovery Sport
- Mazda CX-3