Friday, January 7, 2011
2011 Ford Edge reviews
The refreshed Ford Edge has sharp new styling, a higher quality cabin and powerful engine options. Best of all, the Edge offers revolutionary touch controls for the stereo and entertainment systems.
The EPA has not yet rated the 2011 Edge. A drawback is the Highlander’s ho-hum SUV styling, which can’t compete with the Edge’s sleeker looks.
It saves almost $6,000 as compared to the Edge’s base price, and it increases fuel economy even more with a 20/28 mpg base rating.
If you're interested in the Edge, also consider buying a 2010 model. The 2011 Ford Edge is available in four trims: the base SE, SEL, Limited and Sport.
The Edge is available with both all-wheel and front-wheel drive, and Ford is claiming that fuel economy is 19-mpg city/27-mpg highway on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL, and Limited models, and 18/26 for all-wheel drive. Sport models are rated at 18/25 with front-wheel drive and 17/23 with all-wheel drive..
Available Edge features include a blind-spot warning system, Ford’s MyKey programmable key system, a rear-view camera, reclining second-row seats, a cargo area that can handle eight-foot long items, trailer-sway control, dual USB ports, RCA jacks, a memory card slot, Ford’s Sync infotainment system, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, Ford’s Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, satellite radio, wireless cell phone link, remote keyless entry, remote start, and a push-button start.
The system generally works well, once the driver learns the basics. The bad news is that Sync still sometimes doesn’t recognize certain voice commands (despite a Ford claim that the system can recognize 10,000 commands).
The "2011 Ford Edge" crossover is better in every way than the model it replaces. The new Edge looks great, especially in Sport trim, and the cabin is classier with loads of high quality soft-touch plastics. Ford spent a lot of time and energy improving the NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) of the Edge, and the results are impressive. We got behind the wheel of both an Edge SEL and Sport model during a day of driving on curvy country roads in Nashville, Tennessee. The standard 285-bhp 3.5-liter in the SEL and Limited offers plenty of urge for everyday driving. Under the hood and behind the menacing “tuxedo black” grille is a 305-bhp 3.7-liter V-6 that is unique to the Edge Sport. One thing lacking in the Edge Sport is a sense of drama.
Adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, hill-start assist, cross-traffic alert, and trailer sway control represent a small fraction of the available features and options.
Ford has also included the latest edition of its MyFord Touch system. Standard on the 2011 Edge Limited and 2011 Edge Sport, MyFord Touch displays information on either side of the speedometer and is controlled using an 8-in. touch screen at the top of the center stack. Ford also offers a factory-installed HD Radio receiver equipped with iTunes Tagging. The based Edge, the front-drive SE model is priced at $27,995, and the front-drive SEL model starts at $30,995.