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MSRP: $28,100 - $39,550
Invoice: $26,484 - $36,881
MPG: 19 City / 27 Hwy
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Ford Edge Interior

Reviewers are impressed with the 2014 Ford Edge's high-quality interior materials and attractive design, noting that the cabin is nice enough to make you think you're riding in a more luxurious SUV. Some testers say the piano black accents give the cabin an upscale look, while others say they just look cheap.

  • "Equally appealing is the Edge's interior, which can comfortably accommodate four adults (five in a pinch) and is nicely styled with quality materials throughout." -- AutoTrader
  • "The 2014 Ford Edge is not considered a luxury car like its twin, the Lincoln MKX, but step inside the Ford and you might forget you're in the blue-collar version." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Edge's interior is handsome with tasteful textures, a mixture of soft and hard surfaces, and good attention to detail. Edge Sport employs piano-black accents that draw mixed reviews from our testers. Some like its modern consumer electronics look, others decry it as appearing cheap. All agree that the adjacent silver-painted plastic does nothing to enhance the ambiance." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "The interior hooks attention at the very first glance with an all-black interior and absolutely beautiful center console. Style, comfort, functionality and luxury, are all combined in the cabin of Ford Edge." -- Motor Trend (2013)

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Seating

The Edge seats five and is available with options that include heated, power-adjustable front seats and leather upholstery. Test drivers say the front seats offer plenty of head- and legroom and great support for the lower back and legs. Some also say the front seats are comfortable for long periods of time. Others appreciate the expansive view of the road from the front seats. Testers also like the rear seats for their ample head- and leg space and appreciate the reclining feature. One says that rear headroom isn't as generous when the seats are in the most upright position, though.

  • "Front-seat occupants in the Edge enjoy excellent support for their legs and lower back, while rear-seat passengers can recline their seats for a comfortable siesta on long drives. Headroom and legroom are generous both front and rear, although with the rear seatbacks in their upmost position, taller occupants may find their heads brushing up against the headliner." -- AutoTrader
  • "Front and back, passenger space is abundant and comfortable." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A high-set seating position and low dashboard give the impression of a commanding view, to good effect we might add. Headroom is plentiful, even beneath the housing of the available panoramic sunroof. The seats are more focused on long-haul comfort rather than sporty bolstering." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "With passenger volume at 108.4 cubic-feet and cargo space behind the second row at 32.2 cubic-feet, the Ford Edge could easily seat five passengers comfortably. It could be considered as one of the most spacious crossovers on the market." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Interior Features

The 2014 Ford Edge comes standard with a six-speaker stereo and an auxiliary audio jack. Optional features include a 12-speaker Sony stereo system, HD Radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, the MyFord Touch infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a backup camera, navigation and Ford's SYNC system, which includes Bluetooth and a USB port, and uses voice commands to control compatible mobile and music devices. Optional safety equipment includes adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.

Reviewers say MyFord Touch has a complex menu structure, adding that it complicates simple climate adjustments and may be more difficult to use than what some buyers are looking for. One tester likes the system, though, saying the navigation is simpler to use than rival systems, and appreciates how much control over the vehicle it allows.

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  • "Combined with the SYNC voice-command system, MyFord Touch is a technological powerhouse, but the complexity of its menus and operation may turn off no-nonsense buyers who just want the basics." -- AutoTrader
  • "Learning this technology takes time, and models fitted with the large touch-screen panel can prove frustrating when all you want to do is something as simple as adjusting the climate." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Only models equipped with MyFord Touch have been made available for testing. Despite recent software updates meant to make the system more responsive, we still find it too unwieldy to use. Some audio and climate controls are separate from the system, but a few key functions require more ‘virtual button’ presses than we would like." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Generally the navigation system in other vehicles is quite confusing and challenging to use whilst driving; this is not the case with Ford's MyTouch. It's easy to use even while driving and gives tremendous control over the vehicle and its options." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Cargo

The Ford Edge has 32.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats and 68.9 cubic feet of cargo space with the back row folded. The Edge's overall cargo space is comparable with other two-row SUVs’ cargo space. Reviewers are impressed with the Edge's cargo space, and appreciate the optional power-folding second row that makes it easy to maximize cargo capacity. One tester notes that the cargo floor isn't that flat with the seats folded. Others are pleased with the Edge's ample small-item storage in the cabin.

  • "Behind the seats, cargo room is good." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Edge has plenty of cargo room, even with the rear seat backs raised. The available power folding rear seat backs are a nice touch and not something commonly found on 5-passenger crossovers. You do need to raise the backs manually, but it's not a hassle. Cabin storage is good with a large two-level center-console bin, a roomy glovebox, and a handy bin below the dashboard's center-control area." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Cargo capacity is a respectable 32 cubic feet with the backseat in use; folding it down opens up a not-so-flat cargo floor and a max capacity of 69 cubes." -- Edmunds (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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