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2009 Ford Edge Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2009 Ford Edge was new.


Performance: 7.9

The 2009 Ford Edge provides an impressively smooth ride and generally good acceleration, though the brakes and non-sporty handling disappoint some test drivers. New for 2009 is a Sport model that features an optional sport suspension

  • "Coupled with a refined, eager powertrain and notably quiet highway cruising, the roomy, comfortable, versatile Edge is an extraordinarily well-rounded way to move throughout the world." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Significant body lean in turns and long braking distances mar the otherwise top-notch maneuverability of the '09 Edge." -- Car Gurus
  • "The Edge isn't particularly agile but handling is ultimately secure." -- MSN
  • "As for driving dynamics, the Edge is reasonably cooperative and agile at moderate speeds but with little appetite for aggressive driving." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "A softly sprung suspension leads to body lean and tire squeal while taking turns at even moderate speeds. This is countered by good steering feel both in the city and on the highway. The brakes have longish pedal travel but deliver drama-free stops." -- Consumer Guide

Acceleration and Power

The Edge comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that reviewers say offers adequate acceleration. It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. According to the EPA, the front-wheel drive Edge achieves 17/24 mpg city/highway, while the all-wheel drive model achieves 15/22 mpg.

  • "The 3.5-liter V-6 proves adept at hauling around the heavy Edge." -- Car and Driver
  • "For the most part, the Edge's powertrain is solid. Shifts from the six-speed automatic are unobtrusive, yet kick-downs in passing situations are satisfyingly quick. The engine note won't rouse your inner Earnhardt, but it's refined enough for most tastes." -- Edmunds
  • "With front-drive or AWD, Edge has good power from a stop. Ford claims AWD versions do 8.4 sec 0-60 mph, which feels about right to us. The transmission is generally responsive, though one test example was hesitant to downshift without a deep stab of the gas pedal." -- Consumer Guide

Handling and Braking

The Edge's smooth handling is a strong point. Many reviewers note that braking performance could be better. Sport models have a more tightly-tuned suspension, which may make that trim more fun to drive, but makes the ride a bit less comfortable as well.

  • "Sport's optional 22-inch wheels result in a noticeably rougher ride, but it is still fairly composed over cracked highway pavement." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Mushy brakes remain the only major drawback to the Edge's smooth handling and strong safety profile." -- Car Gurus
  • "Sedanlike handling is supposed to be one of the selling points of crossover SUVs, and here the Edge falters. Its steering is annoyingly light and vague, with lots of play on-center. Body control around corners is adequate -- note that our tester had the optional sport suspension -- but the Edge always feels large and unwieldy." -- Edmunds

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