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2015 Ford Edge Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2015 Ford Edge was new.


Performance: 8.3

Reviewers agree that the all-new 2015 Ford Edge provides a good balance between ride comfort and handling poise. The Edge has great fuel economy with the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Some critics note that acceleration is adequate with the base engine, but several add that the V6 models provide more satisfying performance, especially the twin-turbocharged Sport model.

  • "This new generation of Ford's midsize crossover SUV has been tuned to deliver livelier manners thanks to a new body structure and redesigned suspension, though its ride quality favors comfort over performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2015 Edge's swiftness is helped by a structure 50 pounds lighter and all-new independent rear suspension, and although it's still a top-heavy people-mover (of course), on curvaceous pavement cutting through the Tonto National Forest, both flavors of the Edge responded deftly with a sense of refined sturdiness." -- Motor Trend
  • "This new Edge feels far more composed in both the way it rides and handles." -- Autoblog
  • "On the one hand, it offers lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, parallel and perpendicular parking help for the non-interested driver. On the other hand, the 315-hp, 350-lb-ft, 2.7-liter EcoBoost-equipped all-wheel drive Edge Sport is a straight-up blast to drive." -- AutoWeek

Acceleration and Power

The 2015 Ford Edge SE, SEL and Titanium trims come with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower. Those trims are also available with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 280 horsepower. The Sport trim comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that generates 315 horsepower. Every trim comes with a six-speed automatic transmission. The base 2015 Edge gets an EPA-estimated 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class.

Most reviewers write that the base engine should provide sufficient power for most Edge shoppers. However, some note that acceleration isn't particularly impressive, adding that you have to floor the gas pedal to maintain highway speeds on steep hills. Some critics note that the mid-level V6 feels more responsive. Automotive journalists agree that the Edge Sport's twin-turbo V6 sounds great and provides strong acceleration, and they add that the transmission shifts smoothly.

  • "This engine is probably adequate for the average 2015 Ford Edge buyer. It steps out into traffic decently enough, though probably with a 0-60 mph time that might seem of a different age. On the steep uphill highway roads outside of Phoenix, it gets the job done only if you bury your right New Balance to the carpet." -- Automobile Magazine (2.0-liter four-cylinder)
  • "… the Edge's 2.0T is not a performer, despite producing more than 120 hp per liter. According to our wristwatch, it takes around ten seconds to hit 60 miles per hour, likely thanks to the crossover's 4,060-pound curb weight. The soft throttle response doesn't help with the lack of off-the-line speed, either." -- Autoblog
  • "The 3.5-liter V-6 offers better throttle response and a more linear power delivery, and so it seems like $425 well spent, especially compared with the much higher cost of the Sport." -- Car and Driver
  • "For drivers seeking higher performance, the Ford Edge Sport delivers with a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that replaces the former 3.7-liter naturally aspirated V6. With 315 horsepower, this top model has quick acceleration and a gratifying sound." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Edge now comes standard with paddle shifters, which are quick to change gears both up and down, and Ford's standard six-speed SelectShift automatic remains smooth when it's left to do the shifting." -- AutoWeek

Handling and Braking

Every 2015 Ford Edge trim comes standard with front-wheel drive and is available with all-wheel drive. Critics say the Edge offers a smooth ride and poised handling. They add that the Sport model has even more responsive handling. According to reviewers, the Edge's steering is numb at lower speeds, but also very light, which makes it easy to maneuver in a parking lot. They say the steering feels sharper at higher speeds.

  • "Ride and handling are balanced nicely and feel as they should in this CUV. You won't carve up any overly tight roads -- construction kept us off them -- and on moderately tight roads, you can maintain a brisk pace." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The thin steering wheel uses Ford's EPAS electronic power steering system. It's nice and easy in the parking lot-a good thing when going parallel-but tightens up significantly on the highway. Even in high-speed corners, the Edge feels supremely, and surprisingly, planted." -- AutoWeek
  • "Predictably, the Edge Sport was even defter yet, given its 265/40R21 Pirelli Scorpion Verde all-season tires, 10 percent stiffer springs, monotube rear dampers, and thicker anti-roll bars." -- Motor Trend
  • "The hydraulic [steering] rack has been ditched in favor of a trendy electric power-assisted setup that's both light and particularly numb. It's nicely behaved at higher speeds, though, allowing precise inputs despite the lack of effort." -- Autoblog

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