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.