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in 2010 Affordable Midsize SUVs

Avg. Price Paid: $13,879 - $22,521
Original MSRP: $27,420 - $35,770
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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2010 Ford Edge Performance

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The 2010 Ford Edge provides an impressively smooth ride and generally good acceleration, though the brakes and ho-hum handling disappoint some test drivers. The Sport model, new in 2009, features an optional Sport suspension. If you want a more exciting driving experience, look at the Mazda CX-7. It starts at about $6,000 less than the Edge and boasts a zippy ride, optional turbocharged engine and even better base fuel economy.

  • "Coupled with a refined, eager powertrain and notably quiet highway cruising, the roomy, comfortable, versatile Edge is an extraordinarily well-rounded way to move throughout the world." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The 2010 Ford Edge is most notable for its comfortable ride, which sops up road irregularities well without feeling floaty in the process. Though its steering doesn't provide much road feel, the Edge feels solid and provides commendable handling that instills confidence." -- Edmunds
  • "As for driving dynamics, the Edge is reasonably cooperative and agile at moderate speeds but with little appetite for aggressive driving." -- Los Angeles Times
  • "We tested Edge models with both the 18-inch wheels and the 20-inch wheels and found the latter did not produce a harsh ride, despite the larger wheels and shorter tire sidewall. So, buyers can opt for the flashy looks without worrying about paying a hefty price in ride quality." -- New Car Test Drive

Acceleration and Power

The Edge comes with a 3.5-liter, 265-horsepower V6 engine that reviewers say offers adequate acceleration. It's paired with an automatic six-speed transmission that some test drivers say is slow to downshift.

The Edge achieves slightly better fuel economy than last year due to the newly tweaked aerodynamics and powertrain. The EPA rates the FWD model at 18/25 mpg city/highway, and the AWD model at 17/23 mpg. Like the Edge itself, these figures are nothing to scoff at, but they’re also nothing to write home about. You can spend less and get better fuel economy with four-cylinder SUVs like the Toyota Highlander or Mazda CX-7. They’ll save you $1,500 and $6,000, respectively, and boast impressive 20/27 mpg and 20/28 mpg base fuel economy ratings.

  • "The 3.5-liter V-6 proves adept at hauling around the heavy Edge." -- Car and Driver
  • "With front-drive or AWD, Edge has good power from a stop. Ford claims AWD versions do 8.4 sec 0-60 mph, which feels about right to us. The transmission is generally responsive, though one test example was hesitant to downshift without a deep stab of the gas pedal." -- Consumer Guide
  • "We found the engine produced a good range of power at all speeds and the transmission shifted smoothly. We would rate the performance as middle of the pack: It's neither a barnburner nor a slug. But it does deliver notably good fuel economy." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Acceleration from the standard V6 is strong, but the six-speed automatic transmission it's attached to can be painfully slow to downshift, often requiring a full foot-to-the-floor pedal stomp to coax it into providing a lower gear. Unfortunately, there is no manual override -- simply an ‘L' gear that drops the transmission into an inappropriately low gear." -- Edmunds

Handling and Braking

The Edge's smooth handling is a strong point. However, Sport models don't ride quite as smoothly due to a sport suspension, but though those looking for a fun ride may feel differently. One recurring complaint concerns the mushy brake pedal, which may take some getting used to.

Active all-wheel drive is optional on all models but the base SE. It adds about $2,000 to the price of the SEL model, which means it costs almost $5,000 more than the base model. The system isn’t useful for rugged terrain, but it may be worth it for drivers who frequently drive in snow or rain.

  • "Sport's optional 22-inch wheels result in a noticeably rougher ride, but it is still fairly composed over cracked highway pavement." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Underway, the Ford Edge handles reasonably well, given its considerable size and weight. Having its wheels out near the corners aids stability and handling. Naturally, the higher center of gravity prevents the Edge from being as nimble as a sports sedan, but unless you need to drive fast through the corners, you'll find it is perfectly adequate with less body roll than a regular SUV.” -- New Car Test Drive
  • “The brakes are another issue, with longish stopping distances and a mushy pedal feel." -- Edmunds