Saturday Road Test – Ford Edge Titanium – Right in the Middle

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                         Ford Edge Titanium AWD

Seeking the Middle Ground?

By Ron Amadon

DAMASCUS, MD. – When the Escape is too small and the Explorer is too big in the Ford lineup, potential customers should consider the Edge.

While the name alone might appeal to those in business who are always looking for an edge over the competition, this one will appeal on the drive home from the office following a long day of acquisitions.

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It truly is a tweener when it comes to size at 188 inches long compared to 178 for the Escape and 198 for the Explorer. And when it comes to the all-important cargo hauling ability it again scores right in the middle of its two brothers.

Edge got edgier in 2015 when it received a complete makeover including a stiffer body structure that became obvious when tackling Maryland roads that had yet to receive a visit from the pothole patching crew.

A revised suspension also helped while the interior received almost four additional inches that gave up to five occupants more stretch out room.

Handling was better than expected for a roughly 4,200 hundred pound vehicle and there was one more surprise.

While not as fast as one might expect in a vehicle painted in a color called “Bronze Fired” there was plenty of go power from a 2.0-liter four with 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque coupled to a six speed automatic. Those seeking more juice should consider the available 2.7-liter turbo V6.

Clearly engineers had fuel economy in mind when they designed the tranny since at times it was a bit reluctant to downshift on demand. This wasn’t a big a deal and the reward was 20 mpg in the city, 28 highway for a combined EPA economy of 23 mpg. And that is what I came away with in a week’s worth of driving.

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The interior was a classy looking layout as it should have been in the top-of-the-line Titanium trim level. And kudos to Ford for offering the second row inflatable safety belts, an excellent feature.

For the driver the leather clad 10-way adjustable seats were generally comfortable but I did find myself making more minor adjustments than normal on a day long journey. The interior was hushed on the freeway and there was ample room in all directions for vital body parts.

Yours truly is a big fan of digital speed read outs and in the Edge you can dial it up in the instrument panel, but it appears to the left of the three pod layout, or not in place your eye goes to for a quick check while driving. Also the black plastic center stack looked like a cheap addition in a vehicle costing this much.

The 60/40 rear seats fold down quickly for added cargo room that adds up to 73.4 cubic feet which should allow you to act as the neighborhood Easter Bunny with room to spare. (Unless you are a dentist of course.)

The test Edge included a hefty $5,645 equipment package that brought the expected safety features, heated seats, sunroof, park assist, (you can park it more quickly yourself,) and a 180 degree front camera among other items.

You would chip in another $395 for the paint, to bring the bottom line with delivery to $43,585 for the test vehicle. That includes an “Equipment Group Savings” of $445 and a $500 discount for the All-Wheel Drive.

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As mentioned in my news column this week, sales of Ford crossovers and SUV’s are off to a hot start for 2016, so it is fair to say that consumers are finding a lot to like in the Blue Oval lineup.

 

 

 

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