2012 Ford Edge Review
We drive Ford's EcoBoosted Edge.No Comments
It's not particularly fun to pilot, but it never gets nervous about where it's going.
In the mid-size crossover game, 'competent and satisfying' might prove to be more appealing to buyers than 'edgy and exciting.' Well, this may be a spoiler, but after spending a week in the Ford Edge, we found it fit the former description more often than not. Read on for details about how we came to that conclusion--and if you don't think we used 'edgy' intentionally in a review about the Ford Edge, then you obviously don't know us.
Positioned to fight against the Chevrolet Equinox (or its sibling, the GMC Terrain), the Edge came to us with a base price of $31,060. Standard features included hill-start assist, a rear spoiler (body color), dual exhaust tips, spotter mirrors, a tilt/telescope steering wheel, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls, a reverse-sensing system, AM/FM/CD/MP3, Ford's Sync voice-recognition system, satellite radio, a capless fuel-filler, and dual-zone climate control.
Options included Equipment Group 205A ($2,510, includes MyFordTouch multimedia suite, a leather comfort package, rearview camera, ambient lighting) and the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine ($995), the Vision Package (blind-spot monitoring, $485), and the voice-activated navigation system ($795). With the $825 destination fee, the as-tested total came to $36,670.
The light steering makes the Edge feel nimbler than it probably is, and the Edge feels fairly sure-footed and confident in its maneuvers. It's not particularly fun to pilot, but it never gets nervous about where it's going.
The ride is composed, with some soft-roader feeling but not enough to detract from the experience. You're signing up for a comfortable cruiser with this one, but not luxo-barge comfortable. Call it a competent compromise.
We liked the interior materials and found cargo space to be plentiful, and the heated seats work extremely quickly.
Besides, buyers who want more 'edge' can always give it a hot-rod style flame paint job.