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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 Performance

Reviewers say that the 2014 Ford Edge's agile, refined handling and range of powerful engine choices make it a joy to drive. They are especially impressed with the EcoBoost engine, which provides ample power and helps the Edge get great fuel economy for the class. Test drivers say that driving enthusiasts will like the Sport trim, with its sport-tuned suspension and more powerful V6 engine, but caution that its ride may be too harsh for some. Some critics complain that the cabin can be somewhat noisy at highway speeds and that the engines don't sound especially refined.

  • "No matter which equipment package you choose, you'll find the Ford Edge a capable performer, delivering good acceleration, impressive road manners and a very quiet interior." -- AutoTrader
  • "Those who have to live with winter's worst will appreciate the available all-wheel drive (AWD) and powerful V6, while enthusiast drivers will delight at the Sport model." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Wind and road ruckus are perceptible, particularly at highway speeds. The engines are vocal under acceleration. They don't have the most refined notes, but they don't grate on your eardrums, either." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
  • "Driving the 2013 Ford Edge is a pleasant experience." -- Motor Trend (2013)

Acceleration and Power

The 2014 Ford Edge comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 285 horsepower. A 240-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter, EcoBoost four-cylinder engine is optional only on models with front-wheel drive. The Sport trim comes with a 3.7-liter V6 that produces 305 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard on all models. Fuel economy is up to an EPA-estimated 19/27 mpg city/highway with the base V6 and front-wheel drive. EcoBoost models are rated at 21/30 mpg and Sport models are rated up to 18/26 mpg. The base V6-powered Edge's fuel economy is on par for the class, and the EcoBoost model's ratings are among the highest.

Reviewers say that the V6 engines have plenty of power to move the Edge. Many reviewers comment that the EcoBoost four-cylinder has ample power as well, and appreciate the excellent fuel economy it helps the Edge return. Multiple testers praise the six-speed automatic for its smoothness, and say that overall, there isn't a bad powertrain setup with the Edge.

  • "Unlike some crossovers, the 2014 Ford Edge offers a choice of three engines and there is not a bad one in the bunch. The EcoBoost 4-cylinder may be the least powerful of the three, but with 240 horsepower on tap it's no slouch and its 30-mpg highway rating is equally impressive. If you want AWD, you're going to have to move up to the 3.5-liter V6, which provides excellent power for passing and cruising without a great sacrifice in fuel economy." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "That the V6 models deliver strong performance is no surprise, but the 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder is a real eye-opener, delivering satisfying passing power while returning fuel economy in line with some mid-size sedans." -- AutoTrader
  • "The six-speed, automatic transmission gives a silky smooth ride regardless of driving on or off the road." -- Motor Trend (2013)
  • "We've driven models with all three engines, and in each case we came away happy. With the two V6s and the turbocharged 4, Edge pulls away quickly from a stop and power delivery is linear and ample. The 6-speed automatic transmission is smooth." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Handling and Braking

Front-wheel drive is standard on the Edge and all-wheel drive is optional. The Ford Edge is praised for its sporty, refined handling. Some reviewers say its ride is comfortable, while others say it is more on the firm side. They say that those looking for a more compliant ride should steer clear of the Sport trim, as its sport-tuned suspension and 22-inch wheels can make the ride harsh. Some test drivers say the steering is a bit heavy, but is responsive.

  • "Overall, we found all the Edge trims provided good handling, although the steering feels a bit heavy at times." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "On the road, the Edge cruises effortlessly, so much so you'll need to keep an eye on the speedometer or risk a speeding ticket. The Edge's steering effort is on the heavy side, but the car responds quickly to driver input and carves through curves at moderate speeds with surprising grace, especially in Sport trim." -- AutoTrader
  • "Edge smothers bumps well, at least on versions with the 18-inch wheels. We've not tried one with the optional 20s. Sports have larger 22s and a firmer suspension. As such, the ride is more brittle, yet it never loses composure, even on washboard street surfaces." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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