2011 Ford Edge

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Edge MSRP: $ 27640.00
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Description:
Pros:
  • Smooth and powerful V6 performance
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Spacious cabin that keeps out a lot of road noise
  • Fancy high-tech features keeps you entertained and connected
  • Impressive safety features
Cons:
  • MyFord Touch System too touchy
  • No option for 3rd row seating
  • Price of options can inflate the base price dramatically
Ruling: The 2011 Ford Edge is more comfortable and quieter than ever with a freshened look. Provided you aren't looking for third row seating, the Ford Edge delivers on performance, comfort, and a long list of high tech features that will keep you safe and connected.

The 2011 Ford Edge received a freshened styling, improved cabin quality, and powerful engine options. Now available with the Edge is the MyFord Touch option which replaces traditional button controls with touchscreens and a five way controller. It even includes touch-sensitive sliders for the stereo volume and fan speed.

The 2011 Edge is offered with two engine options. The 3.5-liter V6 produces 285 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque while the 3.7-liter V6 delivers 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

EPA estimates are 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for the FWD model. The AWD models are very close with EPA estimates to be 18 mpg city and25 mpg highway.

Suspension has been retuned for a more comfortable ride and improved handling when not going in a straight line. New 4-wheel disc brakes improve braking performance and optional features, such as hill start assist and trailer sway control, enhances the overall capability of the 2011 Edge.

Improved fit-and-finish, softer touchpoints, and flexibility in terms of stowage in the cabin and throughout mark the 2011 Ford Edge.

The MyFord Touch system provides an interface that connects drivers in a smarter, safer, and simpler way with in-car technologies and today's family of digital devices. It replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way controls like those found on cell phones and MP3 players. It also uses intuitive voice commands.

CarReview's opinion of the Ford Edge

Likes:
  • High-output V6 engine
  • Well-balanced suspension
  • Solid build quality
  • User-friendly SYNC system
  • Head-turning 22” wheels
Dislikes:
  • Hefty 4,300 pound curb weight hampers handling, acceleration, and fuel efficiency
  • Huge wheels = lots of unsprung weight and road noise
  • Transmission lacks manual shift option
  • Edgy exterior styling

Verdict: With the Edge Sport, Ford has created an interesting niche vehicle. The bold visual style will certainly appeal to youngsters with an urban sensibility, but on the whole the car falls a bit short and lacks a cohesive identity. An MSRP of almost $40,000 doesn’t help things, since that amount of coin will buy a lightly optioned luxury crossover or a fully-loaded regular one. The Edge Sport has some noticeable omissions at this price-point, including the lack of manual shifting and absence of automatic climate controls. For car-buyers who need the practicality of a mid-size crossover and desire the visual statement provided by a set of blingtastic chrome dubs, the Edge Sport will surely not disappoint. For the rest of us, we’ll just keep staring at those enormous wheels.

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