2017 Ford Edge Overview
Pros & Cons
- Sedanlike ride and handling
- Fuel-efficient base engine
- Quick, peppy optional V6 engines
- Spacious interior
- Some hard plastics detract from cabin appearance
Notable for 2017
- No major changes
Ford Edge Rankings and Research
The 2017 Ford Edge ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Ford Edge has a score of 8.4 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 19 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2017 Ford Edge Review
Not every midsize-SUV buyer needs a 3-row SUV. While these vehicles do carry more people, the last row can be very constricted, often providing little everyday benefit. Cargo space can also be laughably small, usually offering less room behind the seats than the average compact car. The 2017 Ford Edge is one of the handful of midsize SUVs that holds fast to its five-seat limit, which opens up more space for each person and their gear.
Based on the reviews and data behind our rankings, the Edge emerges as one of the most family-friendly models, thanks in part to its excellent crash test ratings, full suite of available safety features, and expansive interior.The Edge's comfort-tuned suspension and commendable cabin insulation create a relaxing ride, even across harsh roads. You also have the choice between a fuel-sipping four-cylinder engine and two vivacious V6 engines.
The nearly identical 2016 Edge was the finalist in our awards for the Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and the Best 2-Row SUV for Families. It lost both awards to the Nissan Murano. A classy cabin, comfortable seats, excellent safety scores, reliability that's well above average, and a healthy list of standard features all contributed to the Murano's status as the sweetheart of 2-row SUVs. If you decide two extra seats are a necessity, the Kia Sorento makes minimal compromises to add in its third row. The Sorento's starting price – which is lower than most midsize SUVs for the 2-row configuration – makes it one of the more affordable options.
Extra Space All-Around
The 2017 Edge offers an ideal amount of room whether you are an outdoorsy member of the DINK demographic (dual income, no kids), you regularly shuttle adults in your back seat (take notice, Uber drivers), or your family size is closer to the 2.5-kids-plus-dog equation. Tall travelers will appreciate the generous amount of head space; the back seat genuinely accommodates grown-ups, with reclining seats and more legroom than you'll find in a Nissan Murano, Kia Sorento, or Mazda CX-9. For the younger crowd, the Edge's three sets of tether anchors and two sets of lower anchors are relatively easy to use when clipping in car seats.
Raise up the liftgate (or open with the swipe of your foot, if you have the available hands-free version), and you'll find a yawning chamber more generous than most. Behind the rear seat is 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room, which expands to 73.4 cubic feet after folding down the second-row seats.
Caters to a Tech-Hungry Crew
The 2017 Ford Edge has a full menu of standard and available technology to satisfy your party. No matter which infotainment system your Edge has, you'll be able to link it with your smartphone. The base SYNC system connects with apps like Pandora and iHeartRadio. Using Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, the upgraded SYNC 3 expands this capability to include apps like Podcasts and Audible. Voice commands can be used with both systems. Depending on the interface, you'll have hands-free access to send text messages, start a music playlist, search for directions, make a dinner reservation, and even adjust the cabin temperature. Both systems are responsive, though the SYNC 3 interface (with its touch screen and extra features) is the user favorite.
The base Edge comes decently equipped for its price point, with Bluetooth, a USB port, four 12-volt charging ports, a proximity key, and a rearview camera among its standard features. Its included MyKey system is especially advantageous for parents with teen drivers: pair the system with a specific car key, and it will allow you to limit the Edge's top speed, keep the radio volume low, and add extra safety reminders every time the key is used. You can also upgrade your 2017 Edge with lavish electronics like a rear entertainment system – featuring a DVD player and screens mounted in the rear headrests – a system that will pilot the SUV into a parallel or perpendicular parking spot, and a 110-volt household-style outlet.
Superb Safety Systems … at a Steep Price
A full array of top-of-the-line driver assistance features are available in the 2017 Edge, starting with its unique 180-degree front camera. Nestled into the front grille, this camera monitors traffic around the front of the Edge when you're driving slowly and allows you to see approaching obstacles. This extra set of eyes is especially helpful when you're navigating busy parking lots or emerging from a tight alleyway.
Automatic emergency braking – which considerably reduces your chances of a front crash – is paired with forward collision warning and a head-up display. Also available is adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. But there's a catch: most safety upgrades are only available in the top two trims – in packages that add between $1,500 and $5,500 to the Edge's price tag.
Satiating Standard Engine
The 2017 Edge is available with a choice of three engines, giving shoppers the chance to have it their way when it comes to power and fuel economy. Starting off the lineup is the base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. One of its biggest perks is at the gas pump; with a rating of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, this SUV will save you more money than most. It won't leave you in the dust, either. There's enough power to deftly handle most traffic scenarios – including hill climbing or passing slower traffic. A six-speed automatic transmission is the only gearbox offered in the 2017 Edge, but that's not a problem. It usually does a fine job of finding the right gears (though some complain that it pauses before downshifting). Its included paddle shifters add an element of fun.
All-wheel drive is available in every model. This gives the Edge extra traction ideal for inclement weather, but this SUV isn't really meant for off-road adventuring. If you want to tackle the road less traveled, you're better off sticking with a Jeep Grand Cherokee. If you've got a boat or trailer, the $435 tow package is available in SEL and Titanium trims. This brings tow capacity up from the base 1,500 pounds (which is also the maximum capacity of the 2017 Nissan Murano) to 3,500 pounds.
Spice Things Up (Slightly) With the V6
If you want a little more power, you can swap out the base four-cylinder engine for a 3.5-liter V6. This engine generates some extra ponies (280 horsepower versus the base engine's 245 horsepower), resulting in faster off-the-line acceleration. But for many, this engine's negatives outweigh these gains. You'll end up spending more, starting with the $625 the V6 adds to the price tag. At the gas pump, its 17/24 mpg city/highway rating adds to your costs. In comparison, a 2017 Nissan Murano with the same size V6 engine gets 21 mpg in the city and 28 on the highway.
Performance gains are also a little murky. As the only naturally aspirated engine in the Edge lineup, this 3.5-liter V6 lacks a turbocharger. While it's a passable solution if you want a boost over the base engine, spirited drivers that have the scratch will want to step up to the Edge Sport instead.
A Good Sport
Drivers that value a dynamic ride over fuel economy will want to test out the 2017 Edge Sport. Don't be fooled by the fact that its engine displaces 2.7 liters instead of the 3.5 liters of the Edge's optional V6. The Sport's V6 engine has twin turbochargers, a 315-horsepower rating, and faster acceleration. While the base Edge is modeled to emulate a smooth-cruising sedan, the Sport edition has a more athletic setup. It’s the only Edge to come standard with all-wheel drive and adaptive steering, which fine-tunes the steering response based on your speed for precise, confidence-inspiring navigation. This model also features a sport-tuned suspension (which has a stiffer ride than the base suspension), aluminum pedals, a Sony premium sound system, polished stainless steel exhaust tips, and 20-inch wheels. Fuel economy slips to 17/24 mpg city/highway, just below the midsize SUV category's average.
Edge Pricing, Options, and Trims
The Ford Edge is one of a handful of midsize SUVs equipped with only two rows of seats. With a starting price of $28,950, the 2017 Edge will cost you less than the average midsize SUV. If you want to shave this further, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.
The Edge is available in four different trims. The SE, SEL, and Titanium all come standard with a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. For these three trim levels, you can upgrade to a 3.5-liter V6 engine for $625 or add all-wheel drive for $1,495. The base infotainment setup includes Bluetooth, a USB port, limited voice commands, and smartphone app integration. Other standard features include a rearview camera, a proximity key, push-button start, and 18-inch wheels.
The SEL model ($31,790) adds dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear parking sensors, and heated mirrors. One of the most significant differences in the Titanium model ($35,600) is its SYNC 3 infotainment system, which features a touch screen that uses swipe and pinch gestures to navigate through the menus. This model also comes with two 4.2-inch configurable driver information displays, enhanced smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, two USB ports, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, ambient lighting, and a hands-free liftgate.
The Sport ($40,400) trim is a bit of an outlier: it's the only Edge that comes with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. All-wheel drive, a sport-tuned suspension system, aluminum pedal covers, 20-inch wheels, and polished stainless steel exhaust tips are also standard. Most comfort and convenience features in the Titanium model carry over to the Sport model.
Options such as navigation, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, a panoramic moonroof, a 110-volt household-style outlet, and a rear entertainment system with a DVD player and dual headrest-mounted screens are available in some models through add-on packages.
Edge Safety and Reliability
The 2017 Ford Edge has an overall safety rating of five out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, with a slight ding for its rollover rating. That's a higher score than what NHTSA gave the Nissan Murano, Jeep Grand Cherokee, and Dodge Durango. The Edge comes standard with a rearview camera and Ford MyKey – a system that lets parents limit how fast their teens can drive the SUV, allows for radio volume limits, and adds extra reminders for seat belts and low fuel.
Ford offers an available front camera that's tucked into the grille, providing a 180-degree view in front of the SUV. This expanded visibility is especially helpful when approaching blind alleys or other turns where your sightlines are limited. Most other safety options are also added on through packages, including adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with automatic braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, active park assist, and automatic high beams.
When new models emerge, it takes a little bit of time to analyze how reliable each will be. The 2017 Edge has not yet received its evaluation from J.D. Power and Associates (along with about half of the other SUVs in its class). It comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Kia Sorento is one of the few midsize SUVs that comes close to matching the Ford Edge's interior dimensions, while also offering room for two more passengers in its available 3-row configuration. Budget-minded buyers will appreciate the Sorento's lower starting price, and a broad range of trims and packages offer plenty of add-ons to build your consummate crossover. The Sorento also impresses with its excellent safety score and ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds (when properly equipped).
Getting an energetic V6 costs extra with the Edge, but it doesn’t with the Nissan Murano. It comes standard with a V6 engine that's quicker than the base Edge engine, and more fuel-efficient than either of the Edge's available V6 engines. In our rankings of the best 2-row SUVs, the Murano's interior is at the top of its class, thanks to its upscale feel and standard features such as dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, and a 7-inch infotainment display. Rounding out the Murano's family-friendly appeal are its safety and reliability scores, both of which are among the best in the category.
Details: 2017 Ford Edge
The 2017 Ford Edge is a midsize SUV that seats five people in two rows of seats. It comes in four different trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. Standard equipment includes a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 engine, twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine, and all-wheel drive are also available. Since the Ford Edge carries over mostly untouched from a full redesign in 2015, this overview includes data and reviews from the 2015 through 2017 model years.
The 2017 Edge comes standard with Bluetooth, a USB port, smartphone app integration, a rearview camera, a proximity key, and push-button start. Available features include a touch-screen infotainment display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes Free, dual-zone automatic climate control, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, ambient lighting, a hands-free liftgate, forward collision warning with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, active park assist, automatic high beams, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, and a 180-degree front camera.
- "The 2017 Ford Edge is a solid choice for those wanting a well-rounded midsize-crossover SUV but who don't need a third row of seats. This 2-row configuration and the Edge's squat dimensions grant ample room for passengers and cargo. The Edge is tailored for a compliant, sedan-like ride rather than the rugged ways of a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Subaru Outback. Starting at nearly $30,000, the 2017 Edge's premium nature is reflected in a price that is higher than a 2-row Kia Sorento, and similar to the aggressively styled Nissan Murano. By contrast, the Ford's design is conservative yet handsome. The Edge offers a robust suite of safety and tech features, and a trio of engines ranging from an efficient 4-cylinder to a twin-turbo V6." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Most crossover SUVs fall into one of two categories: You've got your two-row subcompact and compact crossovers and then the larger three-row large SUVs best suited for family duty. However, there are a few midsize models that slot between the compact and large crossovers. These offer superior rear seat accommodations compared to a compact crossover but without the large footprint of one of the big guys. Of these, the 2017 Ford Edge is a great choice if you want something modern, fuel-efficient and comfortable." -- Edmunds
- "While all three are fine engines, we only recommend the EcoBoost. The 2.0 isn't a world beater, but it offers nice pep. Zero to 60 miles per hour takes about 8 seconds, and the power is delivered smoothly and willingly." -- Autotrader (2015)
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