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2011 Ford Edge Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2011 Ford Edge was new.


Performance: 7.8

The 2011 Ford Edge provides an impressively smooth ride and generally good acceleration. In the past, the brakes and ho-hum handling have disappointed some test drivers. But with upgrades for this year, those complaints may be a thing of the past.

  • "The navy Edge was an early chassis development vehicle, so while the interior wasn't production correct, the suspension, wheels and tires were. No wallow. No flex. No squeaks from the rear hatch. No porpoising. No head toss. No crashing off the suspension bump stops." -- Autoblog
  • "Since its introduction, the Edge has continually received good marks from owners and reviewers for its comfortable ride and its ability to smooth out the road's rough spots with ease, and that should only improve for 2011, thanks to the retuned suspension." -- Car Gurus

Acceleration and Power

The 2011 Edge comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower (an increase over the 2010 model). It's paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. SEL and Limited models get a SelectShift Automatic with manual shifting mode. Sport models come with a 3.7-liter V6 engine that makes 305 horsepower. It’s paired with the six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission with paddle activation. Test drivers have not reviewed the retuned engine yet, though it's expected to provide much more sprightly acceleration than in the past.

Sometime in 2011, Ford is also planning on adding a 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine to the line-up. It will include a specialized six-speed transmission and will improve fuel economy by 30 percent.

The EPA has not yet rated the 2011 Ford Edge. However, it rates the 2010 FWD Edge at 18/25 mpg city/highway, and the AWD model at 17/23 mpg. Fuel economy may improve with the 2011 model if you opt for the future EcoBoost engine. In the meantime, you can spend less and get better fuel economy with the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-7. They’ll save you $1,500 and $6,000, respectively, and boast impressive 20/27 mpg and 20/28 mpg base fuel economy ratings.

  • "Very light throttle [in the Sport model] brought on smooth acceleration. This is an indication of good powertrain electronics programming. Conversely, dropping the hammer made the Edge launch with authority." -- Autoblog

Handling and Braking

The Edge's smooth handling has always been a strong point. However, Sport models don't ride quite as smoothly as other models due to its sport suspension -- though those looking for a fun ride may be willing to make the trade off. Reviewers complained about the mushy brake pedal in the past, but that may no longer be an issue since Ford has upgraded the four-wheel disc brakes for 2011.

Active all-wheel drive is optional on all models but the base SE. It adds about $2,000 to the price of the SEL model -- which means it costs almost $5,000 more than the base model. The system isn’t useful for rugged terrain, but it may be worth it for drivers who frequently drive in snow or rain.

  • "Even over purposefully terrible road surfaces, the Edge Sport rode supplely. Sharp-edged potholes were absorbed. Their impact on the chassis was rounded off and well managed." -- Autoblog
  • "In addition to updating the Edge's exterior design and powerplants, Ford retuned the vehicle's suspension for 2011. The automaker adjusted the shocks, springs, and stabilizer bars for a tighter feel and less body lean in corners, while ensuring a comfortable ride on uneven road surfaces." -- Car Gurus

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