2013 Ford Edge Performance
Reviewers say the 2013 Ford Edge performs fairly well, with a smooth ride and good acceleration from most models. They appreciate the Edge’s fuel-efficient, optional four-cylinder engine, though it offers less power than most competitors. A few say that although the Sport model offers more power, its ride is very rough, because of its large wheels.
- "The Edge also boasts an overall driving experience that seems European in character, with a feeling of solidity and low road noise.” -- Edmunds
- "You'd never know this thing was a 4-cylinder and it gets a respectable - though not unbelievable - 21 miles to the city gallon, 30 on the highway depending on your driving habits. ” -- New York Daily News
Acceleration and Power
The 2013 Ford Edge comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower. A 240-horsepower, turbocharged Ecoboost four-cylinder engine is optional on SE, SEL and Limited trims, though it is only available on models with front-wheel drive. The Sport trim comes with a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V6 engine that’s paired with a six-speed automatic and paddle shifters. According to the EPA, the Edge’s fuel economy ranges from 21/30 mpg city/highway in front-wheel drive four-cylinder Ecoboost models to 17/23 mpg city/highway in Sport models with the larger V6 and all-wheel drive. Those ratings are excellent for the class.
Test drivers write that all three engines the Edge offers are fine, but they praise the Ecoboost four-cylinder for its excellent fuel economy, and are surprised that it doesn’t feel underpowered, even though it makes 45 fewer horsepower than the base V6. They write that the base V6 should be fine for those who don’t want to pony up the extra cash for the Ecoboost or the Sport model.
- “The least-powerful but most-efficient engine, the turbocharged 4-cylinder that also does duty in the Ford Escape and even the big Explorer, is a good fit here, never feeling overwhelmed in trying to move the squat vehicle. The 3.5-liter V6 that is standard is a dutiful employee, getting the Edge to speed adequately, while the top-line 3.7-liter V6 with its 305 horsepower effortlessly gets the Ford up freeway onramps in a hurry and has plenty of gusto left for passing once there.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Its ‘acceleration’ is what you'd expect from a 4-cylinder, despite the turbocharger. Let's just say you'll get where you're going, eventually. On the plus side, the engine does as its told without groaning as some little engines matched with large vehicles do. ” -- New York Daily News
- “Still, the base V6 is nevertheless a solid mill that few people should find wanting for power. The Edge Sport exists for those few, but that model's heavier curb weight largely negates its power advantage.” -- Edmunds
Handling and Braking
Reviewers say the 2013 Ford Edge has a relatively smooth ride and that it has less body roll than many of its competitors. They like that the brakes are direct and linear, and say that overall, it handles well. However, a few note that the Sport model’s large, 22-inch wheels can be a huge detriment to the Edge’s ride quality. The Ford Edge comes standard with front-wheel drive, but all-wheel drive is available.
- "It's super-comfortable, its steering is sharp but not abrupt, ditto its brakes.” -- New York Daily News
- "The Edge's steering feels a bit heavy, but handling is good with minimal body roll and a smooth ride.” -- Kelley Blue Book
- "Handling is solid and secure, with a less cumbersome feel around corners and in parking lots than its larger Ford crossover siblings. The Sport model is, indeed, slightly sharper and more agile, but its enormous wheels degrade ride quality to the point where we doubt many drivers will accept the compromise.” -- Edmunds