2016 Ford Edge Overview
Pros & Cons
- Responsive handling
- Powerful Sport trim
- Lots of high-end available features
- Solid safety scores
- Base engine delivers mediocre acceleration
- Dashboard has low-quality appearance with base stereo system
Notable for 2016
- New, optional SYNC 3 infotainment system
Ford Edge Rankings and Research
The 2016 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 22 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.
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2016 Ford Edge Review
The 2016 Ford Edge ranks higher than about half of the midsize SUVs on the market, according to our analysis. Although test drivers praise the Edge’s sharp handling and the Sport trim’s twin-turbo power, they criticize the base model's engine for its lack of power. The Edge has plenty of high-tech features. The center stack, however, has a somewhat generic appearance that detracts from the overall feel of the interior.
The Edge starts at about $29,000, making it slightly less expensive than many other midsize SUVs. You’ll likely want to step up to at least the SEL trim (starting around $32,000) because that’s the lowest trim to offer the Edge’s more-advanced features. At the high end is the Sport trim, which goes for about $40,000. You can also choose from several options packages and Equipment Groups that range in price from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.
The Edge has high safety and reliability ratings, and Ford backs it with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty.
Inside the 2016 Edge, Ford uses a high grade of materials and plenty of sound insulation in an attempt to impart a more upscale look and feel. However, the center stack in the base trim looks cheap, detracting from the interior as a whole.
The front seats are comfortable and spacious, and they provide plenty of support so your legs won’t ache after a long drive. The rear seats are wide and provide ample space for adults to ride comfortably. There are several available features to improve comfort as well, including leather upholstery, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats.
The Edge has a unique feature that parents will love – Ford’s MyKey. It allows you to set limits for speed and audio volume, so when your teenager, or a valet, takes the car, you won’t have to worry about them driving recklessly or blaring music.
Other standard features include connectivity options like Bluetooth and a USB port, allowing you to link up or charge your smartphone while in the car. Ford’s SYNC system, which uses voice commands to control compatible mobile and music devices, is also standard.
Among the available features are a panoramic sunroof and upgraded audio equipment, including a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, and satellite radio.
The SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system is also available. It’s responsive and features a simple interface and easy-to-use controls. It’s a great system for controlling many in-vehicle functions, though it doesn’t quite measure up to some of the user-friendly infotainment systems found in rivals like the Hyundai Santa Fe.
Plentiful Cargo Space
The Edge has enough cargo space to load up your vacation luggage or toss your bike in the back. With 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 73.4 cubic feet with the second row folded, the Edge has more cargo capacity than many other midsize SUVs.
There are plenty of small-item storage spots throughout the cabin, and the available hands-free power liftgate makes it easier to load items when your hands are full.
Options, Trims, and Pricing
The Edge’s base SE trim has a starting price around $29,000, which is one of the lowest in the class, though not by much. Many rivals begin at less than $30,000. However, the SE has a pretty sparse features list compared with the higher trim levels.
Most likely, you’ll want at least the SEL trim, which starts at about $32,000. This trim offers features like automatic climate control. For an extra $1,600, you can get a panoramic sunroof, and for $2,000, you can add the kid-friendly dual-screen DVD entertainment system.
The main difference between the Titanium trim (starting price around $36,000) and the Sport trim (starting around $40,000) is that the Sport comes standard with a twin-turbocharged V6 engine, which is unavailable on any other trim. The Titanium and Sport trims come standard with features that are options on lower trims, like the SYNC 3 infotainment system. Other features available on the Titanium and Sport trims include heated and cooled front seats, heated rear outboard seats, and advanced driver assistance features like lane keep assist and active park assist.
Several options packages are available, but not all are available on every trim. The Trailer Tow Package (only available on the SEL and Titanium trims) is the least expensive add-on at about $435. The SEL is the only trim to offer the Utility Package, which includes a hands-free power liftgate and a vehicle perimeter alarm for $875. The Driver’s Package (Titanium trim only) includes features like adaptive cruise control for an extra $1,800. At the high end, there’s the Technology Package (all but SE) for about $3,500. It includes voice-activated navigation, blind spot monitoring, and remote start.
All trims other than the SE also have optional Equipment Groups, which are different from the add-on packages, though some of them include the same features. These Groups range in price from about $2,700 to $5,500 and add different features depending on the trim. On the SEL trim, the Equipment Group adds features like leather upholstery and heated front seats. On the Titanium trim, the Groups add heated front and rear seats, a panoramic sunroof, and driver assistance features like enhanced park assist and lane keep assist. On the Sport trim, the Equipment Group adds the Technology Package, heated front and rear seats, and a front-facing 180-degree camera.
Edge Safety and Reliability
The Edge scores well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and it was given a five-star Overall Rating by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also has an above-average predicted reliability rating for the class and is backed by a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
The Edge has a number of standard and available features that make driving safer and easier. The standard rearview camera, along with available front, side, and rear parking sensors and active parallel and perpendicular park assist, all make it easier for you to pull into and out of parking spots or parallel park on the street. However, when the park assist feature parks your car, it can take a while to get into the space.
Highway drivers will appreciate features like adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. These systems can help you avoid potential accidents while changing lanes.
Powerful Sport Trim
The 2016 Ford Edge offers an array of engines. The base model’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes adequate power, and it’s quite efficient, earning an EPA-estimated 20 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. The turbo-four can also be equipped with a start/stop system that shuts the engine off at stoplights and improves fuel economy, though only slightly. However, this engine feels weak when accelerating or going up hills.
There are two larger engines: a 3.5-liter V6 and the Sport trim’s twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. The 3.5-liter V6 is responsive and has more power than the base four-cylinder engine, while the twin-turbo V6 delivers strong acceleration and a satisfying exhaust note.
As mentioned above, the twin-turbo V6 is available only on the Sport trim, which has a starting price of about $40,000. Depending on what you want out of your Edge, the added power output of the Sport model may not justify the extra cost.
The Edge provides a smooth ride and sharp handling that make it feel more like a car than an SUV in terms of driving dynamics. The steering is responsive, and there isn’t much body lean when cornering.
The Sport trim has a stiffer suspension that’s geared more toward performance, but it’s still a comfortable cruiser. Front-wheel drive is standard on the Edge, and all-wheel drive is available.
Other SUVs to Consider
The Nissan Murano is one of our top-ranked midsize SUVs, and its starting price is comparable to the Edge’s. The Murano’s cabin is well-insulated and features top-notch materials, and its higher trims feel almost as upscale as a luxury vehicle. Both rows of seats are spacious, and they’re among the most comfortable seats in the class. The in-vehicle functions are easy to use, and the infotainment system’s touch screen is intuitive and responsive. The Murano comes standard with a V6 engine, and it’s paired with a continuously variable transmission, which is a type of automatic that helps maximize fuel economy. As a result, the Murano gets better gas mileage than many V6-powered competitors, including the Edge.
The Kia Sorento is a great family car because it has one of the highest safety ratings in the class, and the well-designed cabin uses high-quality materials. Unlike the Edge, the Sorento has an optional third row of seats that allow it to seat up to seven people. The front seats are comfortable, and the second row provides ample space as well. The infotainment system has a large, clear screen that’s easy to use because of its big buttons. The Sorento is available with a four-cylinder engine or a V6, and it gets about the same fuel economy as the Edge. The Sorento’s base price is several thousand dollars less than the Edge’s.
Details: 2016 Ford Edge
The 2016 Ford Edge seats five and is available in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. The Edge comes standard with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a six-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive. A 3.5-liter V6 is optional, as is all-wheel drive. The top-of-the-line Sport trim has a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 and a sport-tuned suspension. The Ford Edge’s last full redesign was in 2015, so this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2015 and 2016 model years.
Standard features in the 2016 Ford Edge include Bluetooth; a USB port; a rearview camera; push-button start; MyKey, which lets you set speed and audio volume limits; and Ford's SYNC system, which uses voice commands to control compatible mobile and music devices.
Available features include a panoramic sunroof; navigation; blind spot monitoring; rear cross traffic alert; adaptive cruise control; forward collision warning; lane keep assist; active parallel and perpendicular park assist; a 180-degree front-facing camera; a 12-speaker Sony audio system; HD Radio; satellite radio; dual-zone automatic climate control; a keyless entry keypad on the door; Ford's new SYNC 3 touch-screen infotainment system; and front, side, and rear parking sensors.
- "If you're seeking a well-equipped 5-passenger crossover SUV that allows multiple personalization, engine and equipment choices, the 2016 Ford Edge will definitely excite you. Enthusiast drivers will love the Sport trim's EcoBoost V6, which delivers an impressive 315 horsepower." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Edge is one of Ford’s stalwart products, a model that has historically topped 10,000 sales per month. This modernized version may not break new ground, but it does offer incremental improvements in nearly every area. It looks and feels more refined, and the equipment upgrades alone should keep buyers interested." -- Car and Driver
- "If you want something that’s easy to drive and park without much effort, grab the 2.0-liter SE and the tech package. It has just enough power not to be annoying and enough cameras to shoot a Michael Bay epic. If you’re more a fan of spirited driving, then go with the Edge Sport and ditch the fancy options. Either side of the coin, we think you’ll be pleased." -- AutoWeek (2015)
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