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2016 Ford Edge Review

The 2016 Ford Edge is one of the roomiest and best-handling crossovers in the class, helping it secure a place in the top third of our midsize SUV rankings. However, the base engine struggles to get this SUV up to speed from a stop.

Pros & Cons

  • Great four-cylinder fuel economy
  • Responsive handling
  • Many convenience and safety features
  • Spacious interior


  • Sluggish acceleration with base engine

Rankings & Awards

The 2016 Ford Edge's #8 ranking is based on its score within the 2016 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It is a finalist for our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and a finalist for our 2016 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Edge has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.4
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 9.5
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2016 Ford Edge Overview

Is the 2016 Ford Edge a Good Used SUV?

The 2016 Ford Edge is a respectable option in the competitive midsize SUV class. The Edge marries the maneuverability and great fuel economy of a compact SUV with the roomy cabin and luxe features often found in larger crossover vehicles. The Edge also has numerous available advanced safety features. However, you’ll want to look elsewhere in the class if you need to seat more than five.

Why You Can Trust Us

To help you decide if the Ford Edge is the right SUV for you, we've gathered and analyzed 22 professional reviews. We've also included information about the Edge's fuel economy, safety, reliability, and much more to give you an idea of the Edge's strengths and weaknesses.

The U.S. News Best Cars staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the automotive industry, and we've been ranking the best vehicles since 2007. To keep our reviews free from outside influence, we don't accept expensive gifts or trips from automakers, and a third party places and sells the ads on our site.

How Much Is the 2016 Ford Edge?

Based on more than 900 listings for the 2016 Edge on our site, you can expect to pay between $20,800 and $32,000 for this vehicle. The average list price for a used 2016 Edge is $25,800. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2016 Ford Edge Cost to Own?

You can expect to pay around $23,300 over five years on gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs if you buy a 2016 Edge. That comes out to about $4,660 per year. Highly ranked 2016 competitors like the Kia Sorento and Nissan Murano have slightly higher costs.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Edge?

Because there are few differences between a used 2016 Edge and a new 2018 Edge, you should probably save yourself some money and stick with the used model. The new Edge's starting price is only a couple thousand dollars less than the most expensive 2016 Edge on our site. Still, buying new does have advantages. You'll be the first owner, so you won't have to wonder if the previous owner neglected the car's maintenance, and you'll get a new car warranty to cover most issues that come up.

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You can buy a new, highly rated midsize SUV for about the same as the average price of a 2016 Edge. The 2018 Kia Sorento starts at $25,900 for the base model, and its excellent value helped it win our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award. The Sorento is available with a third row of seats (though not in the base model), it has outstanding warranty coverage, and it's available with many of the latest tech features. You may even be able to find financing or lease deals at your local Kia dealer that reduce the price of a new Sorento. Just be aware that a 2018 base model Sorento will likely have less equipment than a similarly priced used Edge.

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How Reliable Is the 2016 Ford Edge?

The 2016 Edge's three-out-of-five reliability rating is average for the midsize SUV class, as well as for the auto industry as a whole.

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2016 Ford Edge Recalls

There are two recalls on the 2016 Edge at the time of writing. The electronic stability control system could malfunction and increase the risk of an accident. Also, the front airbag may not deploy correctly during a crash. Make sure these issues have been resolved before you buy a 2016 Edge.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Edge Is Best?

The 2016 Ford Edge marks the second year of a generation that launched with the 2015 model year and includes the 2018 model. Of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 models, the 2016 Edge is the best buy. It offers a better SYNC 3 infotainment system than the 2015 model. It also has nearly all the same features as the 2017 Edge, though you can likely find a used 2016 model at a much lower price.

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Which Used Ford Edge Model Is Right for Me?

The 2016 Edge comes in four trims. The base Edge SE has keyless entry, Bluetooth, voice recognition, and a 4.2-inch display screen. The Edge SEL adds satellite radio, power-folding rear seats, and rear parking sensors. The Edge Titanium adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a hands-free tailgate, and an 8-inch touch screen. The Edge Sport comes with a 315-horsepower V6 engine.

The Edge Titanium offers a great range of standard and available features for the price and can include helpful options like navigation, forward collision warning, and blind spot monitoring.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Edge?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Ford Edge the highest rating of Good in four out of five test categories. The Edge received the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test. This Ford also received the lowest rating of Basic for the effectiveness of its optional front crash prevention features.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Edge an overall safety rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

The 2016 Edge has many advanced safety features, though most are part of available packages. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and rear parking sensors are available starting with the SEL trim. Packages for the Titanium and Sport trims provide adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane keep assist, a front-facing 180-degree camera, and steering assistance for parallel parking. A rearview camera is standard in all models.

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2016 Ford Edge Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Edge or 2016 Ford Escape?

The compact 2016 Ford Escape and the slightly larger Ford Edge offer similar benefits. Both vehicles seat five, ride comfortably, return good four-cylinder fuel economy, and can accommodate up to around 70 cubic feet of cargo. The Escape is the better option if you’re on a tighter budget; you can find used models for thousands of dollars less than used Edges. However, the Edge is the better crossover SUV overall. It has higher safety scores, more interior space, and available premium features that you won’t find in the Escape – power-folding seats, forward collision warning, a rear-seat DVD player, and more.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Edge or 2016 Ford Explorer?

The 2016 Ford Explorer offers a few advantages over its sibling the Edge. The 3-row Explorer can seat up to seven, tow 5,000 pounds, and fit nearly 10 cubic feet more cargo. That’s where its advantages run out, though. The Edge is the better buy, earning higher reliability and fuel economy ratings. It also offers better maneuverability on tight city streets and a comparable list of safety and convenience features – often at a lower price. If you do need a 3-row midsize SUV, there are better options in this class.

Which Is Better: 2016 Ford Edge or 2016 Honda CR-V?

We named the Honda CR-V the 2016 Best Compact SUV for Families. It can’t match the larger Edge when it comes to towing capacity or engine performance, but in other ways it’s just as good and more affordable. Both of these five-seat SUVs offer spacious cabins for passengers and cargo, upscale styling, user-friendly infotainment systems, and advanced safety features that can prevent an accident. The CR-V is the better choice for those on a tight budget, however, as it also has higher fuel economy and reliability ratings.

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2016 Edge Performance

How Does the 2016 Ford Edge Drive?

The Edge handles better than many of its midsize SUV competitors, balancing responsive steering with a smooth and comfortable ride. Each used 2016 Ford Edge comes with one of three engines: a standard 245 horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, a 280 horsepower 3.5-liter V6, or a 315 horsepower twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. All models have a six-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Both V6 engines enable brisk acceleration and confident passing power. The EcoBoost four-cylinder provides acceptable power.

Does the 2016 Ford Edge Get Good Gas Mileage?

With the base engine and front-wheel drive, the Edge gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That's great for the class. Stepping up to all-wheel drive and either V6 engine drops fuel economy to 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.

2016 Ford Edge Towing Capacity

This crossover can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2016 Edge Interior

How Many People Does the 2016 Edge Seat?

The 2016 Ford Edge seats five and offers excellent passenger space in its first and second rows. The front seats are plush and supportive; the rear seats are similarly comfortable and can fit three adults in a pinch. The Edge’s cabin is quiet, elegantly styled, and fashioned with soft-touch plastics – though the base model’s dashboard feels a bit more cut-rate. Cloth upholstery is standard. Leather, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2016 Ford Edge?

The Edge has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats and an additional tether anchor in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Edge's LATCH system an Acceptable rating – the second-best rating – for ease of use.

2016 Ford Edge Features

The Edge’s cabin has many convenience features. The SYNC 3 infotainment system, available in upper trims, has an 8-inch touch screen that reacts quickly to inputs and has user-friendly menus. It also features a useful voice recognition system and Siri Eyes Free support for iPhone users. The base trim's 4.2-inch screen is small compared to both the Edge's larger screen and what many rivals offer. All Edge models are equipped with a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a CD player, a USB port, and the MyKey parental controls system. Available features like power-folding rear seats, a hands-free tailgate, and rear-seat DVD screens give the Edge an upscale feel.

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2016 Ford Edge Dimensions

Ford Edge Cargo Space

Behind the rear seats, the Edge has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room. Fold the seats down, and you'll have 73.4 cubic feet. Few 2-row rivals offer as much room for your stuff as the Edge.

2016 Edge Length and Weight

The Edge is nearly 16 feet long, and base models with front-wheel drive weigh 3,927 pounds. The Edge Sport, which has a twin-turbocharged V6 engine and all-wheel drive, weighs in at 4,401 pounds.

Where Was the 2016 Ford Edge Built?

The 2016 Edge was assembled at the Oakville Assembly Complex in Oakville, Ontario.

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