Redesigned 2015 Ford Edge Review

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Redesigned 2015 Ford Edge Review

Ford might have hit one out of the park with this SUV

Published: March 09, 2015 12:00 PM

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It wouldn’t have taken much to improve on the original Ford Edge, which was by all counts a mediocre midsized two-row SUV. But based on our early impressions of the 2015 redesign, the Dearborn team might have knocked one out of the park.

The original Edge, derived from a previous-generation Mazda6 was noisy, clumsy, and unrefined inside and out. The new one presents a complete transformation, imparting a solid, sophisticated feel; agile handling; and an inviting, modern interior.

Ford adhered to the basic size and styling concept of the original Edge, but treated the second-gen model with a more chiseled, and decidedly less truck-like, appearance. The steeply raked rear window still impedes on visibility and some cargo room in a concession for styling, but the compromise is acceptable. Prices start at around $29,000 for a base front-drive SE and will surpass $40,000 for a lavishly equipped AWD Titanium.  

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Much of the improvement can be chalked up to moving the Edge to the Fusion platform. One of our favorite midsized sedans, the Fusion delivers the ride and handling of an upscale European sedan at a family car price. It’s quite commendable that the larger, taller Edge displays more than a little of that same DNA.

The early-production 2015 Edge we rented from Ford had surprising punch, with quick acceleration and swift throttle response, thanks to the turbocharged 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine. The six-speed automatic transmission was quite seamless. Ford also offers a 3.5-liter V6; the 2.7-liter turbo V6 is reserved for the Sport version.

Direct, responsive steering and tight body control give the Edge an agile, light-on-its feet demeanor. The firm-yet-supple suspension delivered a remarkably good ride, soaking up even the bumps on our winter-ravaged roads. This feat is impressive given that our sample was equipped with 20-inch tires—a fitment often associated with adding ride harshness. The cabin stays noticeably quiet.

The Edge gets a significant upgrade inside, with an upscale, and well put together interior—especially in the top-level Titanium trim we sampled. Rich-looking padded surfaces on the doors and dash, contrasting stitching, leather seats, and materials with a quality feel throughout make for a cabin that would not look out of place in a luxury car. A panoramic sunroof lends an airy feel. Creature comforts include heated seats front and rear, with cooling for front passengers. The heated steering wheel came in handy, as well.

The interior of the Ford Edge.

On the high-tech front, the Edge offers new electronic safety and convenience features, including perpendicular parking assist. A rear-view camera is standard and there is an optional 180-degree front camera, lane-departure and blind-spot warning systems.

Regrettably, the Edge doesn’t get Ford’s slick new Sync 3 control interface, the new infotainment system due later this year. Instead, it sticks with the confusing and relatively unreliable MyFord Touch.     

There’s ample room throughout, with a hospitable rear seat. Access is easy; the rear door swings out almost ninety degrees.

Overall, the new Edge makes one heck of a first impression by being rewarding to drive and exuding a premium feel. We look forward to purchasing our own for testing when it goes on sale in May.

Jim Travers 

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