With the 2017 Ford Edge, you don't have to choose between engaging performance and practical utility. This SUV has been designed to thrill drivers, with several powertrain options available. It can also be equipped with cutting-edge safety features, plus onboard luxuries that will please everyone. Four different trim levels are available, each one coming with a unique mixture of equipment.

The base engine is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which provides extreme efficiency and respectable performance. A twin-scroll turbocharger combines with direct injection to maximize every drop of gas. Peak output is measured at 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque.

An optional 3.5-liter V-6 provides a more traditional experience. It's rated at 280 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, for plenty of performance. The twin independent variable camshaft timing means great output in the low, mid and high RPM ranges, so the engine remains responsive at any potential moment.

Only Sport models use a 2.7-liter EcoBoost, with twin turbochargers and direct injection. It pushes performance to new heights, achieving a peak 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque. That's plenty for spirited freeway acceleration and quick starts in the city.

All three engines are paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Paddles mounted to the steering wheel let drivers manually switch gears, giving them greater control. Front-wheel drive is standard on all but the Sport. All-wheel drive provides better handling in all conditions.

SE models come with an automatic stop-start system, if they're equipped with front-wheel drive. It shuts off the engine when the vehicle has come to a complete stop, avoiding idling as a way to conserve gas. Active grille shutters can open to cool the engine, or close to boost aerodynamics. The front air curtain system uses air ducts on the lower front fascia of the vehicle, sending air over the sides of the vehicle.

A number of technologies work to keep drivers and passengers safe. For example, adaptive steering can be added. It's more sensitive at lower speeds, so you can maneuver the vehicle through tight spots with greater precision. At higher speeds, it adds stability, reducing the likelihood of a rollover or other incident. You can also get a 180-degree front camera that's great for seeing around corners, so you can spot cross-traffic with ease. A washer is bundled with it, making clearing the lens simple. Another option is the lane keeping system, which signals to the driver if the SUV leaves lane markings by vibrating the steering wheel. This technology uses a gentle amount of torque to show which way the steering wheel needs to be turned, taking the guesswork out of the situation.

You'll want to stay a while in the SUV's cabin, thanks to its stylish design, quality materials and ample space. You can add some nice touches, such as illuminated sill plates and ambient lighting, with several color choices drivers can select. The Sync 3 infotainment system is easy to control, thanks to clear on-screen icons and intuitive voice controls. Navigation can be added as well.

 

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