• 2017 Ford Edge: Ups the Ante with New Tech Offerings [Review]


    2017 Ford Edge: Ups the Ante with New Tech Offerings
    [Photo: Arv Voss]
    The Blue Oval’s original crossover was the Ford Edge, which was launched late in 2006 and has maintained its popularity, becoming the proven leader in its class. This year, the 2017 Ford Edge offers more technology, a higher degree of craftsmanship and enhanced driving dynamics.

    Edge will be offered in four levels of trim: the base SE; the SEL Edge; Edge Titanium and the top-of-the-line model, the Ford Edge Sport. Pricing starts at $28,700 plus $895 to $40,900 for the Ford Edge Sport plus the $895 for Destination. The Titanium model joined the lineup in 0215 replacing the old Limited trim.

    WHAT’S NEW

    It’s anticipated that the Edge in SEL trim will be the volume sales leader even though the Edge Sport is more upscale and offers more features and equipment.

    The 2017 Ford Edge will draw its power from one of three engine choices:

    • 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing and sequential multiport fuel injection
    • 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with twin independent variable camshaft timing featuring Direct Injection
    • 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 rated at 280 horsepower and 250 pound feet of torque (for SE, SEL and Titanium).

    All engines are mounted forward, and will mate to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters that sends power to either the front or all four wheels via an on-demand system. AWD is available in all trim levels with all engines.

    Visually, the Edge displays a bold, aggressive and athletic form, adding more features and technologies that contribute to a more engaging driving experience. Up front, the Edge leads off with a rear-sloping, three-bar grille, a horizontal lower air intake, lower side vents, wraparound headlamp assemblies and a sculpted hood. The windshield is sharply raked into a rearward-sloping roofline that flows into the angled rear glass, which is topped by an integrated spoiler lip. In profile, the Edge showcases blacked out “B” and “C” pillars surrounded by bright trim. The “D” pillar or rear sail panel meets with the new LED taillamps that are accented by strong character lines. A lower composite cladding surrounds the entire vehicle. Sport model Edges come with a blacked out grille treatment and an exaggerated lower aero kit, as well as black surround trim for the greenhouse glass.

    My test car was in Sport trim and AWD, powered by Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. It wore an exterior finish called “Blue Jeans Metallic” and came with an Ebony perforated leather interior. Its base price was $40,900 while options elevated the final sticker to $46,980. Options included: Equipment Group 401A with voice activated navigation system, Blind Spot monitoring system, remote start, auto-dim driver outside mirror, Lane Departure Warning, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, 180-degree front camera with washer, Enhanced Park Assist, rain sensing wipers, second row inflatable safety belts, 21-inch polished premium aluminum wheels, and HID headlamps.

    COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

    The 2017 Ford Edge Sport delivers many features that are not available on many competitor’s vehicles. For instance, the rear lift gate, which opens by waving a foot beneath the rear bumper and closes with the same action. The Enhanced Park Assist automatically parks in both parallel and perpendicular spaces and exits the space as well without touching the steering wheel. The Cross Traffic Alert is also a big plus.

    PERFORMANCE

    The Edge in Sport trim delivers admirable performance with its 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine – impressive acceleration, braking and handling, while providing a comfortable and stable ride. The ride quality is firmer, but not at all harsh. It is, without question, the way to go for performance junkies. The power delivery is on a par with many V8s.

    Safety features include: a Glove box-integrated knee airbag; AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, Curve Control, Dual-stage front airbags, and Ford’s Safety Canopy System.

    TFLCAR’S TAKE: The interior devotes more attention to detail and craftsmanship, and is equally as impressive as the exterior enhancements. Bottom line: the new Ford Edge is a crossover worth crossing over to. Ford produces the Edge at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Canada, near Toronto.

    Price and Performance: 2017 Ford Edge Sport AWD

    Base MSRP: $40,900
    Price as Tested: $46,980
    Engine: 2.7L, direct-injected DOHC EcoBoost V6 w/ twin independent variable camshaft timing
    Horsepower: 315hp @ 4,750 RPM
    Torque: 350 lb. ft. @ 2,750 RPM
    Transmission: Six-speed automatic w/ SelectShift
    0-60: Not tested
    Suspension: Front: MacPherson struts and L-shaped lower control arm w/ isolated subframe and stabilizer bar
    Rear: Integral-link independent, w/ coil springs and anti-roll bar
    Brakes: Power-assisted four-wheel discs with four-channel ABS and AdvanceTrac Roll Stability Control
    Tires: Pirelli Scorpion 265/40 R21 mounted on 5-spoke Graphite-painted alloy wheels
    Fuel capacity: 19.2 gallons
    Fuel economy (EPA): 17 MPG City/24 MPG Highway

    Dimensions:

    Wheelbase: 112.2 inches
    Length:  188.1 inches
    Width: 75.9 inches (excluding mirrors)
    Height:  68.6 inches
    Curb Weight: 4,060 pounds

    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss
    Arv Voss is a Northern California based freelance motoring journalist and member and past officer of several noted automotive journalist organizations who contributes regularly to a number of national and international media outlets. He reviews not only cars, trucks and SUVs, but motorcycles as well.

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    10 thoughts on “2017 Ford Edge: Ups the Ante with New Tech Offerings [Review]

    1. I have had it up to hear 👆🏿With nice suv’s Kia Hyundai ford putting RETARDED reflectors on the back of their SUV’s. on one hand it says I brake down a lot. On the other this is a very nice crossover that could do without It. I still prefer the first gen edge, not that at 6’1 I fit in it comfortably anyway.

      1. KA, how is it in the snow? I’m strongly considering one and will need it to make the snowy drive through the hills between Pittsburgh and Altoona.

        1. @JimL Great. but I don’t recommend driving in winter conditions with the 22 inch rims w/ Pirelli All-Seasons. I do have a set of 18s with Blizzaks DM-V2 and they perform amazing.

          1. Thanks KA. No, I’d never use the stock 20’s. I always get 4 spare rims and Blizzzaks. So the 18’s fit the Sport OK? And do you have many hills to deal with in the winter?

    2. I’m impressed that ford is offering the 2.7TT in this family hauler. Fingers crossed that it’ll be offered in the new Ranger also.

    3. Yes because it’s so hard to press the breaks all these cry baby aids need to go learn to drive or don’t drive you see the dog in the road run it over that simple

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