The Ford Edge was introduced to the market in 2006, and sits in size between the smaller Escape and the larger Flex or Explorer. Its nearest cousin might be considered the Lincoln MKX but without the luxury of the Lincoln model. The Edge was needed for Ford to compete against vehicles such as the Nissan Murano or Chevy Equinox.
The latest Ford Edge generation, started in 2015, uses some of the same visual cues as the Ford Fusion. The front is accented by a distinctive six-sided grille. The base trim uses a 2.0 liter inline 4-cylinder engine with twin-scroll turbo which develops 245 horses and 275 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel available. There are also two V-6 engines available; a 3.5 liter developing 280 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque, or a new twin-turbo 2.7 liter V-6 with direct injection which develops 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The 2.7 liter is standard in the Sport trim and includes active noise cancellation. All Edge trims use a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a sport drive mode selection.
Handling and ride are pleasant with a fully independent suspension. The Sport trim uses a special suspension tuning with monotube dampers at the rear and standard 20-inch wheels. Electric power steering is now available in the Sport and Titanium trims. The Edge is now using the same platform as the Fusion, which adds to interior space. There is no available third row seating but cargo capacity is increased to almost 40 cubic feet behind the rear seat and over 73 cubic feet behind the front seats, both increased from earlier generations. Available and standard features include Sync 3 infotainment, Bluetooth, rear-view camera, a new front passenger knee airbag, available parking assist, automatic liftgate, and heated/cooled seats.
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