2012 Ford Edge Review
Test drivers report that the new Ecoboost engine in the 2012 Ford Edge adds better fuel economy and fun driving dynamics to an SUV that already has an upscale and high-tech interior.
Automotive journalists agree that the Edge is an all-around good performer for a family vehicle, though it’s not something you’d take to the race track. Reviewers appreciates that the fuel economy gained by the Ford Edge’s new Ecoboost engine doesn’t come with a significant trade-off in performance, though it does set buyers back by about $1,000. Shoppers who have a need for speed that outweighs their fuel economy concerns can opt for the Edge Sport, with its 3.7-liter V6, sport-tuned handling and 22-inch wheels.
Though last year’s Edge received praise for the debut of its MyFord Touch infotainment controls, this year, some reviewers are backpedaling. A few say that although the touch-sensitive controls are cool, they can be confusing and finicky. Still, most auto writers admit that it’s an attractive and high-tech feature that dresses up an already-classy interior.
The 2012 Ford Edge earned our awards for 2012 Best Two Row Midsize SUV for Families and 2012 Best Affordable Two Row SUV for the Money for its superior combination of interior tech, fuel economy and price. Not only is it a better value than any other affordable midsize SUV with two rows of seats, but it's also the one of the best midsize SUVs for you and your brood.
Other SUVs to Consider
If you like the Ford Edge but need seating for seven, take a look at the Ford Flex. With a starting price of about $29,400, it costs about $1,700 more than the Edge, but reviewers love its funky, retro styling and spacious interior. And if you are considering the Edge because it has the new MyFord Touch infotainment system or the Ecoboost engine, they’re both available on the Flex as well.
Shoppers on a budget should consider the Kia Sorento. It comes packed with standard features like Bluetooth and a USB iPod input, and is available with seating for five or seven. Plus, reviewers say it’s powerful and fun to drive. The Kia Sorento starts at about $23,150, so not only will it make your passengers happy, but you’ll be able to keep about $6,300 in your wallet compared with the base Edge.
Details: Ford Edge
The Ford Edge is a crossover SUV that seats five people in two rows. Unlike other models in the class, such as the Ford Flex, there is no optional third row. It comes with three engine choices, including a new-for-2012 Ecoboost option that boosts highway fuel economy to 30 mpg. The Edge comes in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport trims, which have base prices ranging from about $27,600 to about $37,000.
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- “The Edge provides ample room for five, a comfortable and well-appointed interior, more horsepower, and nearly carlike handling and fuel economy.” – Car and Driver
- "The arrival of the Ecoboost four-cylinder offers buyers the opportunity to up their mpg, at a relative modest sacrifice in performance. … With a substantial number of buyers - even SUV buyers - now ranking fuel economy as a primary purchase consideration, it may be an idea whose time has come.” -- Automobile Magazine
- “Base prices are competitive, but the bottom line quickly escalates with options. Give Edge a serious look, but a judiciously equipped SEL will probably offer the best value for your money.” – Consumer Guide