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2016 Ford Edge Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2016 Ford Edge was new.


Performance: 8.5

With its smooth ride and responsive, car-like handling, test drivers agree that the 2016 Ford Edge delivers impressive performance for a midsize SUV. While they note that the base turbocharged four-cylinder engine has mediocre power, they say the available V6 engines are potent, especially the twin-turbocharged V6 in the Sport trim.

  • "Despite its midsize footprint and generous passenger and cargo room, the Edge feels tidy and maneuverable on the road. That's due in no small part to the improvements Ford made to the body structure and suspension when it fully redesigned the Edge in 2015. The result is a crossover that exceeds 2 tons but manages to drive more like a tall sedan." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The 2016 Ford Edge comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 245 horsepower. A 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 is optional. The Sport trim comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that makes 315 horsepower. Every Edge comes with a six-speed automatic transmission.

According to the EPA, the base 2016 Edge with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine gets 20/30 mpg city/highway, which is very good for the class. Models with the turbocharged four-cylinder engine can be equipped with a start-stop system, which shuts off the engine at traffic lights and improves fuel economy to 21/30. Models with the 3.5-liter V6 get up to 18/26, and Sport models get 17/24.

Auto writers think the Edge's base turbocharged four-cylinder engine has sufficient power for the average shopper. They note, however, that acceleration is unimpressive. And at highway speeds, you will need to floor the gas pedal to climb hills. According to test drivers, the mid-level V6 is more responsive, and they note that the top-of-the-line twin-turbocharged V6 delivers strong acceleration.

  • "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 (2015 2.0-liter four-cylinder)
  • "[T]he 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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

Handling and Braking

The 2016 Ford Edge comes standard with front-wheel drive and is available with all-wheel drive. According to test drivers, the Edge has a smooth ride and poised handling that make it feel more like a car than an SUV. They note that the Sport model delivers performance-oriented handling. The Edge's steering is responsive during cornering and easy to turn in the parking lot, according to critics.

  • "The 2016 Ford Edge has a controlled, carlike character from behind the wheel. It truly feels like a raised sedan, with a composed ride, direct steering and little body lean by crossover standards when going around turns." -- Edmunds
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)
  • "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 (2015)

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