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2017 Ford Edge Performance Review

Note: This performance review was created when the 2017 Ford Edge was new.


Performance: 8.6

The standard four-cylinder engine in the 2017 Ford Edge offers a satisfying balance of power and fuel economy. It's energetic enough for most daily driving conditions, and it uses less gas than the average midsize SUV. The Edge's drive is smooth and composed, offering a quiet, drama-free ride. For the spirited driver, the Edge Sport livens things up with a snappier engine and firmer suspension.

  • "The 2017 Ford Edge has an impressive balance of power, refinement and -- at least with the base engine -- efficiency. There's actually very little 'base' about the standard engine ... a mighty 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that grunts out 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Working with the Edge's standard 6-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain will more than satisfy most buyers. A naturally aspirated V6 is available, while those desiring serious punch can opt for Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 exclusive to the Edge Sport. That top model also has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling -- but with a stiffer ride compared with the rest of the Edge lineup, which is otherwise impressively comfortable and quiet. Note that the 2017 Edge with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive (FWD) has engine start/stop technology that cuts power at idle to save fuel. The system can be deactivated with the press of a button." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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. Throw in the all-wheel-drive Edge Sport's turbocharged V6 and you've got a seriously speedy crossover that can challenge some luxury-branded models." -- Edmunds (2016)
  • "The engines are extremely quiet and idle so smoothly that you'll be double-checking the tiny tachometer. The only palpable sound seemed to be some wind noise coming off the big, rectangular sideview mirrors." -- Automobile Magazine (2015)

Acceleration and Power

The stock engine powering the 2017 Ford Edge is a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes 245 horsepower. Most of the trims have the option to upgrade from this four-cylinder engine to a 280-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6. The anomaly is the Sport model: it comes only with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that's rated at 315 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is mated to each engine. There are no available transmission alternatives.

With its base engine, the Edge gets 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. That makes it one of the more economical choices in the midsize SUV category. Opt for the available stop-start feature on this engine, and you'll gain 1 mpg in the city. Adding all-wheel drive drops highway consumption to 27 mpg. Fuel economy slips with the V6 engines:  Both are rated at 17 mpg in the city. On the highway, the 3.5-liter V6 engine gets 26 mpg, and the Sport's 2.7-liter engine gets 24 mpg.

Because it offers a respectable amount of power – able to quickly accelerate to climb a hill or overtake slow traffic – and above-average fuel economy, many test drivers recommend the base engine over the optional 3.5-liter V6. If you prefer more power off the line, you'll likely be more satisfied skipping the available 3.5-liter V6 and moving straight to the Sport model. This model's 2.7-liter V6 is livelier and has a throatier growl.

  • The turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is smooth and offers respectable passing power when required, but it's a bit sluggish off the line and clearly designed more for efficiency. The 3.5-liter V6 packs a stronger punch, but given its lower fuel economy and extra cost, we'd just stick with the base four-cylinder. If you really want power, the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is the way to go, delivering a serious wallop when your right foot asks for it. It sounds pretty cool, too. If we have one complaint about the Edge's powertrains, it's that the six-speed automatic transmission is sometimes reluctant to downshift when more power is needed." -- Edmunds
  • "Standard on SE, SEL and Titanium models is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder. In addition to powering the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) models, the small but potent powerplant is offered with all-wheel drive (AWD). … All models continue to use Ford's well-integrated 6-speed automatic transmission. All also have a Sport mode for quicker acceleration, and paddle shifters replace the former awkward manual-shift buttons." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Once again the editors lauded the 315-hp, 350-lb-ft, twin-turbo V-6 for the effortless way it achieves highway speeds and how it deftly teams with the no-tricks all-wheel-drive system to scale obstacles such as our rutted loose gravel hill with ease. Several of us questioned how adept the 2.0-liter would be at these tasks, though the larger Explorer's 2.3-liter performed well enough to suggest a four-banger Edge might have done OK." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Handling and Braking

In its standard setup, the 2017 Edge is a front-wheel-drive SUV. All-wheel drive is available in every model, with the exception of the Edge Sport, where it is standard equipment. Despite its stature, the Edge handles more like a sedan than an SUV. The suspension is soft enough to maintain a smooth ride over bumpy roads, yet stays firm enough to prevent excessive body roll through corners. The brakes are strong, and the steering requires little exertion.

  • "The 2017 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. Even large bumps are soaked up by the forgiving suspension. We're also impressed with the Edge's low levels of wind and road noise. The Edge has enough refinement to give Lincoln MKX shoppers pause, as the Edge's upscale platform mate is, as expected, considerably pricier." -- Edmunds
  • "Last year's overhaul brought vast improvements to structural rigidity and suspension components, making the Edge feel livelier than the Toyota Highlander or Jeep Grand Cherokee." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)
  • 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)

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