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Review of the 2015 Ford Edge: Edging Forward

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On: Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 8:45PM | By: Lou Ruggieri

Review of the 2015 Ford Edge:  Edging Forward

When it comes to buying a new car, we have to be honest, the first company that comes to mind in terms of quality and reliability is not Ford. That's not because we are GM-loving Corvette mongers either; it's just that, unfortunately, the Blue Oval has had a few swings and misses over the years, and their reputation, at least in our minds, has been a little… tainted. Blame it on cars like the Probe, the Escort, the Fiesta, the early 2000s Focus, or even trucks like the Expedition and the Bronco II; none of these cars really lasted for very long both on the road, or in the hearts and minds of car enthusiasts.

That being said, we do have to give credit where credit is due. In recent years, Ford has pulled itself together and come through with a few models that have pushed the reputation of the company in the right direction. The new F-150 is a wonderfully capable truck, and the next GT looks to be a true world beater, but even a car like the Fusion has really done wonders to give Ford a solid flagship to build some real street cred on. It seems that Ford has noticed the Fusion sales, and decided to create, what is essentially, a Fusion SUV. They call it the Ford Edge, but, really, that's just semantics. 2015 marks the beginning of the second generation of the Edge. The first ran from 2007–2014 and was a decent specimen, but the next generation takes up where its predecessor left off and pushes the envelope a bit further towards making Ford a little better.

Four trim choices are available in the new Edge; from basic to most luxurious they are: The SE starting at $28,700, the SEL starting at $31,790, the Titanium starting at $35,600, and the Sport starting at $40,400. The standard engine for the Edge is Ford's corporate EcoBoost 2.0-liter inline-four cylinder that produces a potent 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. An optional 3.5-liter naturally aspirated DOHC V-6 that produces 280 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque for those that aren't much for forced induction. And finally, a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter DOHC V6 that produces a chart-topping 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The first engine is standard in the SE, SEL, and Titanium with the NA V6 being optional. The Sport model gets the turbo V6, and nothing else. As an interesting side note, this year marks the first year Ford has offered a four-cylinder motor with an optional tow package and optional four-wheel drive.

Backing all manner of engine in the Edge is the same six-speed automatic transmission that now shows off paddle shifters and even a sport mode. The option list for the Ford Edge is extensive. It seems as if the Edge has just about every feature from the company's parts bin available in varying packages. Things like a panoramic vista roof, heated and cooled front seats, 10-way power driver's seat, heated rear seats, leather, a premium 9-speaker audio system, a front 180-degree front camera, dual-zone temperature control, a class II trailer tow package with trailer sway control, universal garage door opener, remote start, hands-free lift gate, among other more minor options. Safety features include all of the new standards like blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control with lane-keeping assist, cross-traffic alert, inflatable rear seat-belts (why?), and even auto-driving programs to help parallel park into a space, pull out of that same space, or even back into a perpendicular spot. And by "help", we mean "do-it-for-you," which is either good or bad depending on how you feel about the car driving you. Ford has laid them all out in varying packages and option groups that you can pick and choose from, and create the Edge you'd like to have.

Underpinning all those fun features is Ford's CD4 platform, which, not surprisingly, is the same one used for the Ford Fusion. Ford still rears its corporate cheapness if you're paying attention. They would call it 'cost effectiveness', and rightly so, but little bits and pieces from various models can be seen strewn about the Edge. The base platform, front-strut, and rear-multilink suspension are based on the Fusion, while the base engine is borrowed from the F-150, the sides and hood of the car's design look suspiciously like the Ford Escape, the grille looks just like the grille on the Taurus, the door inserts are from the Mustang, and the instrument panel and shifter could be in any, or every, other Ford model in the lineup.

In terms of performance, the Edge does a respectable job of moving around, even for an SUV. Depending on engine choice, 0–60 mph comes up in 6.7–7.5 seconds, while 0–100 mph takes from 18.8–24.5 seconds, on its way to a quarter-mile time of 15.3–16.1 seconds, and a top speed of 115 mph. In terms of performance at the pump, the Edge, again depending on engine choice, gets anywhere from 17–20/24–30 city/highway mpg. The turbo four cylinder is the most frugal with gas, and the turbo six the thirstiest, while the NA V6 falls in the middle. Curb weight ranges from 3,950–4,350 pounds.

The Edge offers a very plush ride for a mid-level SUV. It is truly a sedan that can drive in any weather conditions. The ride is comfortable for five, but any more occupants and a buyer should consider upgrading to an Explorer. It has ample stowage and interior volume, and all the features you could possibly want. The ride itself is solid and stable. The engines each have their own character: The turbo four feels confident and efficient, although somewhat buzzy, while the NA V6 feels more linear and sure of itself, and the turbo V6 is seriously empowering on highway on-ramps (and just about everywhere else). The interior is confidence-inspiring and supple enough to make most people forget they are inside a car manufactured by the same company that made the Pinto, the Edsel, and the Festiva. All in all, the second-gen Ford Edge is a car that does not revolutionize the SUV concept for Ford, but it is a step up the evolutionary ladder in terms of Ford's legitimacy as a viable modern car manufacturer. The Edge also serves to remind us that maybe we should start to consider the Blue Oval when it comes to what companies we think of first when it comes to quality, because it seems that Ford is, that's right, Edging its way back up the list.

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