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2018 Ford Edge Performance Review

Scorecard

Performance: 8.6

The 2018 Ford Edge is pleasant to drive, with handling characteristics more similar to those of a large car than a hulking SUV. Power plant options range from a polite base engine with good fuel economy to the vivacious twin-turbocharged Sport.

  • "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. … 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." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)
  • "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)
  • "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." -- Motor Trend (2016)

Acceleration and Power

The Edge comes standard with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. This 245-horsepower engine gets great EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. Though it isn't especially energetic, it isn't anemic either, making it a suitable daily driver.

Two options are available if you want more power. For the SEL and Titanium trim levels, Ford offers an upgraded 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 26 on the highway. The brawniest edition in the lineup is the 315-horsepower Edge Sport, which houses a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine. Fuel economy is almost identical to the Edge V6, at 17/24 mpg city/highway. All three engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission, which generally operates smoothly but sometimes doesn't downshift as quickly as desired to dole out more power.

  • "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 (2017)
  • "The base turbo 4-cylinder is more than adequate for most situations and its fuel economy is a big plus, but the Sport's spirited acceleration could tempt enthusiastic drivers. The standard paddle shifters are a nice touch, although the automatic transmission's downshifts are sometimes slow and unrefined." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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 (2017)

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive comes standard in most Edge trims. You can add all-wheel drive for about $2,000 to all but the Edge Sport, which already includes it. Handling is remarkably stable and controlled for a vehicle of this size, and test drivers frequently compare the Edge's steering and suspension to a large sedan.

  • "For a tall, heavy vehicle, the Edge displays excellent body control, retaining its composure even through quick corners." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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)

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