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2017 Ford Edge Review

The 2017 Ford Edge ranks in the top third of our midsize SUV rankings. It has a roomy cabin, and compared to its classmates, it boasts agile handling and good gas mileage for the segment.

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious interior
  • Nimble handling
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Below-average ownership costs
  • Some hard plastics detract from cabin appearance

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Ford Edge's #9 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award. Currently the Ford Edge has a score of 8.1 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 25 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.7
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.8
Safety: 9.5
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2017 Ford Edge Overview

Is the 2017 Ford Edge a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Edge is a good midsize SUV. It offers spacious two-row seating, excellent fuel economy, strong engine options, and lower five-year projected ownership costs than its rivals. The Edge isn't perfect, however, as some rivals have more upscale cabins and earn higher predicted reliability ratings.

Why You Can Trust Us

To help you decide if the Ford Edge is the right SUV for you, we've gathered and analyzed 25 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 2017 Ford Edge?

Based on close to 2,500 reviews on our site, you can expect to pay between $23,400 and $34,000 for this vehicle. The average price is $27,300. The price you pay depends on mileage, condition, location, and features.

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How Much Does the 2017 Ford Edge Cost to Own?

Cost estimates for fuel, insurance, maintenance, and repairs for the 2017 Edge are around $23,500 over five years. That’s less than many rivals in the midsize SUV class. For example, five-year cost estimates for the 2017 Toyota Highlander are around $25,300, while the Chevrolet Traverse’s costs reach nearly $27,700.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Edge?

Ford made no major changes to the 2018 Edge. Aside from the benefit of having a new car warranty, there are few advantages to buying a new 2018 Edge. With the 2018 Edge’s starting price hovering just above $29,300, you can save a lot of money with the 2017 model.

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The 2018 Kia Sorento stands out as an excellent alternative. Compared to the 2017 Edge, the Sorento offers more passenger space (since it seats more people), better safety scores, and a higher predicted reliability rating. Its starting price of $25,900 makes it a little more affordable as well. We named the Sorento our 2018 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money because of its combination of quality and value.

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Which Model Year of the Ford Edge Is Best?

Ford redesigned the Edge for 2015. The 2015 is a good model overall, but its infotainment system has its quirks. For 2016, Ford introduced the SYNC 3 infotainment system as an option. There were no major updates for 2017, meaning a 2016 model gives you similar benefits for a lower price in most cases.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Ford Edge?

The 2017 Edge has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That’s an average rating for the automotive industry.

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2017 Ford Edge Recalls

At the time of this writing, three recalls have been issued on the 2017 Edge. The first concerns the front airbag, which may fail in a crash. The second addresses an improper torque converter connection, which can fail and keep the SUV from moving. Finally, models equipped with the panoramic sunroof may have improperly welded windshield headers. Before buying any SUV, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Edge Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Edge comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. The base SE comes standard with cloth seats, a 4.2-inch screen, a USB port, Bluetooth, a CD player, a rearview camera, and Ford’s MyKey system. The SEL doesn’t add much beyond power-adjustable front seats, satellite radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Getting the SYNC 3 infotainment system with a touch screen will require stepping up to the Titanium trim, or outfitting the SEL with the package that includes this upgrade. The Titanium also adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 12-speaker stereo with HD radio, and a hands-free liftgate. It’s also the first trim available with advanced safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic brake assist, park assist (including parallel parking), lane keep assist, automatic high beams, and rain-sensing wipers.

Buyers seeking a performance-oriented model should instead look to the AWD Sport trim. It shares many of the Titanium model’s features, but it adds a sport-tuned suspension and a V6 engine.

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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 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Edge a perfect five-star overall safety. The Edge also received five stars in front and side crash tests, as well as four stars in rollover testing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Edge with the highest rating of Good in four areas tested, along with the second-highest rating of Acceptable in small overlap front crash testing.

The 2017 Edge offers many advanced safety features. Standard features include a rearview camera and MyKey, which allows you to set limits on driving and audio controls. Available driver assistance technologies include adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, park assist, lane keep assist, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and inflatable rear seatbelts.

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2017 Ford Edge Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Edge or 2017 Mazda CX-9?

The 2017 Mazda CX-9 is a great choice if you routinely carry four or more passengers. This 3-row SUV offers a rich interior and a long list of high-tech features. Like the Edge, the CX-9 has sporty handling and above-average cargo space. The CX-9 has top-notch safety scores, but its price is higher than the Edge’s by around $8,000. As long as you can afford it, the CX-9 is a better pick.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Edge or 2017 Nissan Murano?

The Nissan Murano is a great midsize SUV. It offers a few more standard features than the base Edge, as well as a more intuitive infotainment system. The Murano’s cabin is among the most luxurious in its class, even rivaling some luxury SUVs. In fact, we named the Murano our 2017 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money. However, the Edge isn’t completely outclassed. Compared to the Murano, it has a little more space for passengers and cargo, better handling, and – in its Sport trim – a much more engaging ride. Despite all of that, you’re probably better off with the Murano.

Which Is Better: 2017 Ford Edge or 2017 BMW X3?

The 2017 BMW X3 shares several characteristics with the Edge. Both offer powerful engines and carlike handling, though the X3 is nimbler around turns. The two also have similar base fuel economy estimates. As you might expect, the X3 has a more upscale interior than the Edge. The X3 boasts slightly higher safety and predicted reliability ratings, but the Edge has a roomier cabin and more cargo space. The Ford’s average price almost $6,000 less than the BMW’s. If you can afford the price jump, the X3 is a better vehicle. If you need the extra space or you want to save some money, stick with the Edge.

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2017 Edge Performance

How Does the 2017 Ford Edge Drive?

The standard turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine makes 245 horsepower. The SEL and Titanium trims are also available with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. The performance-oriented Edge Sport model comes with an EcoBoost 2.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 315 horsepower. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive comes standard, and all-wheel drive is available (standard in the Edge Sport).

The Edge’s handling is commendable. Despite being an SUV, it drives more like a sedan. Its ride is smooth over bumpy roads, and its brakes are both strong and responsive. The base four-cylinder engine performs fine for daily driving. It uses less gas than many of its rivals while still offering a respectable amount of power. Drivers looking for faster acceleration or a firmer suspension should look to the Edge Sport.

Does the 2017 Ford Edge Get Good Gas Mileage?

With its base engine and front-wheel drive, the 2017 Edge gets up to 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That’s above-average for the class. Moving to either of the V6 engines with all-wheel drive lowers fuel economy to 17/24 mpg city/highway.

2017 Ford Edge Towing Capacity

The 2017 Edge can tow up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2017 Edge Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Edge Seat?

The 2017 Edge seats five on cloth upholstery. The Edge offers more passenger space than many competitors, with excellent head and legroom even in the second row. Available upgrades include leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, power-adjustable front seats, and heated rear seats. Abundant soft-touch materials give the Edge’s cabin a premium feel, but there are still a few hard plastics, particularly around the base model’s dashboard.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Ford Edge?

The 2017 Ford Edge has two full sets of LATCH car-seat connectors in the rear outboard seats. There is an additional tether anchor in the middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the Edge’s LATCH system with their second-highest rating of Acceptable.

2017 Ford Edge Features

The 2017 Edge comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, a 4.2-inch display, a USB port, a rearview camera, MyKey, and Ford’s SYNC system, which features Bluetooth and voice recognition. Available features include the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, dual-zone automatic climate control, voice-activated navigation, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a power liftgate, satellite and HD radio, a panoramic sunroof, a rear-seat entertainment system, and several advanced safety features.

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2017 Ford Edge Dimensions

Ford Edge Cargo Space

The 2017 Ford Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind its rear seats. With those folded down, cargo space expands to 73.4 cubic feet, which is about average for the class.

2017 Edge Length and Weight

The Edge is about 15.7 feet long and has a curb weight ranging from 3,912 pounds with the base model to 4,401 pounds with the AWD Edge Sport.

Where Was the 2017 Ford Edge Built?

Ford manufactured the 2017 Edge in Canada.

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