Ford Edge sits somewhere in the middle of blue oval’s crossover range and after a seven-year run, it finally enters its second generation. New model isn’t yet available, but will be very soon, and 2016 Ford Edge will follow in its footsteps.
The Engine range
Just like most of the crossover lineup from blue oval, Edge also comes in four available trim levels including entry-level SE model, SEL, Titanium and Sport models. First three grades get the choice between 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 engine which puts up 245 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, and 3.5L V6 engine making 285 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. Sport models get the new 2.7L twin-turbo V6 delivering 320 hp and 375 lb-ft of torque. Regardless of model and powertrain option, all Edges benefit from the choice between front and all-wheel drive, while the transmission is 6-speed automatic.
Styling – Interior and Exterior
Edge now has razor-like trapezoidal stripe grille with compatible sharp trapezoid headlights for an intimidating and really well-designed front end fascia. Short nose, high hood and slightly pronounced wheel arches further back up this statement, while out back, 2016 Ford Edge is similarly shaped. Rear end also gets sharp trapezoid lights and a light bridge between them, while bumper features couple of large rectangular exhaust pipes.
Edge can seat up to five passengers, and being a mid-size crossover SUV, it offers great comfort for all of them. Cabin has been redesigned and was refurbished with new materials which include both cloth and leather seat upholstery, together with soft plastic dash and silver metallic accents. Dash itself is rather sturdy and has protruded instrument panel which houses all controls and a touch screen display which works with SYNC and MyFord touch infotainment system. USB ports and power point are found in a covered bin at top of the dashboard, above the touch screen display.
Bluetooth is also standard across the board, while SEL and above grades get optional navigation with 8-inch display upgrade over 4.2-inch standard one. Titanium models get the LCD gauges as well, plus a handsfree liftgate, and heated and cooled seats. Besides all standard airbags, 2016 Ford Edge adds a new airbag mounted in the glovebox frame, while also featuring stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes and brake-force distribution with brake assist. Rearview camera is standard in most of the lineup, while forward-collision warnings, parking assist and parking sensors are optional.
2016 Ford Edge Price and MPG
2016 Ford Edge aims to stay one of the leaders in fuel efficiency, at least with its 2.0L turbo engine which should retain its figures at 21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. V6 with front-wheel drive should be rated at 20/28 mpg, while all-wheel drive imposes a penalty of one point in the city and couple of points in long-haul figures. New engine will allow Sport models to become slightly more fuel-efficient too. SE model with FWD and 2,0L turbo four starts from $28,100, while Sport grade with 4WD and mandatory 2.7L twin-turbo costs $40,095.
2016 Ford Edge continues second generation’s legacy with insignificant changes, mostly in paint and interior color options. This is a good choice for families as it offers solid fuel efficiency while giving them handsome vehicle with lots of available features.