2015 to Present: Ford Edge
The 2015 model year marks an important milestone for the Ford Edge, as Ford has given the midsize SUV a full redesign. This model boasts more refinement, a new powertrain lineup, and a design that stands out in a class that seems to be getting more crowded every day.
The second-generation Edge is instantly recognizable since it retains the basic shape that made the Edge a best-seller. Ford made some changes to the design such as a steeper rake for the windshield and rear window, a large hexagonal grille and rear lights that form a strip along the liftgate.
The interior retains the same basic design and layout from the updates it received in 2011, but it also received additional soft-touch materials to provide a more premium feel. Space for passengers and cargo has been increased as well, thanks in part to a 3.3-inch increase in overall length.
The Edge comes with three different powertrain choices. The base engine is a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. A 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque is optional, while the Sport trim gets a turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. All models come with a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.
All Ford Edge models get 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a rearview camera, Bluetooth and Ford's voice-activated SYNC system. Higher trims add features such as leather, 19- or 20-inch wheels, a hands-free liftgate and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Earlier Ford Edge Models
The first-generation Ford Edge was introduced as a 2007 model. This crossover boasts sleek styling and seating for up to five people. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V6 with 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, which is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and the choice of front- or all-wheel drive. Standard equipment for the first-generation Edge includes 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, a four-speaker audio system and power windows and locks. Higher trims got leather seats, a trip computer, a power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and heated front seats.
The Edge gained Ford's SYNC system in 2008, which allows voice control for your smartphone and USB devices. The options list also includes an updated navigation system and a power liftgate. In 2009, Ford introduced a new Sport trim that includes distinctive bodywork, 20-inch wheels and Alcantara seats. Along with the new trim, Ford also introduced blind-spot mirrors and the SOS Post-Crash alert system, which activates the hazard lights and horn if the air bags deploy.
In 2011, Ford did a massive refresh to the Edge. The body gets a bit more athletic with smoother lines and a larger chrome grille with LED running lights. Opt for the Sport trim and the chrome bits get changed for blacked-out trim. The Sport also gets a set 22-inch wheels as standard equipment. Inside, Ford addressed one of the biggest complaints about the Edge with improved interior materials and an updated design. The Edge also became one of the first Ford models to be equipped with the MyFord Touch infotainment system. The 3.5-liter V6 saw a noticeable increase in power to 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, while the Edge Sport received a larger 3.7-liter V6 with 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque.
For 2012, Ford introduced a new turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder that produces 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic and front-wheel drive are standard with this engine. Edge models equipped with the EcoBoost engine also got aerodynamic enhancements such as shutters in the grille that open and close automatically improve airflow. 2013 was the last year of any major changes for the first-generation Edge, as Ford made all-wheel drive available on the base SE model.