September 19, 2017


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The Edge’s tidy dimensions put it in a sweet spot between the Escape and the Explorer in the Ford SUV lineup. The mid-size, two-row crossover offers a cabin that is well appointed and spacious enough to accommodate four adults and their luggage for a road trip. From relaxed to rowdy, the Edge has a model for every driver’s taste. The base turbocharged four-cylinder engine sips fuel, but it’s the fire-breathing twin-turbo V-6 in the Sport model that will get a speed demon’s pulse racing. The Edge’s distinctive exterior and comprehensive options list let buyers easily outfit it to meet their needs, and its towing capacity makes it ideal for weekend warriors.

What’s New for 2018?

Two new option packages join the roster. First up is the SEL Sport Appearance package, which adds a darkened look with gray 19-inch painted aluminum wheels, skid plates, grille surround, rear spoiler, and exterior mirror caps. The package also adds more menacing black-accented headlamps, black window molding, and gray cloth seating surfaces. SEL, Titanium, and Sport trims can also be equipped with the Safe and Smart package, which adds adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, automatic high-beam headlamps, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, an auto-dimming driver’s-side mirror, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. Two new colors join the palette: Blue Metallic and Lightning Blue.

What Was New for 2017?

The Titanium saw a new 20-inch wheel design, and four creatively named new colors joined the palette: Blue Jeans, White Gold, Canyon Ridge, and the $395 clear-coat Burgundy Velvet.

Trims and Options We Chose for 2017

As much as we love the Edge Sport’s fiery twin-turbo V-6, it’s probably best to take a more pragmatic approach to family transport. Stepping up from the base SE to the midrange SEL cost $2840 and adds luxuries such as dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, SiriusXM satellite radio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, body-color exterior mirror caps, and a keyless-entry touchpad. We’d pay an additional $625 to upgrade to the mid-level 280-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and $2910 for option package 201A, which includes:

• Ford’s upgraded Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8.0-inch touchscreen
• An extra USB port
• Premium nine-speaker stereo system

Our front-wheel-drive Edge SEL rang in at $35,620. All-wheel drive was available for $1495.

In Depth: 2018 Ford Edge

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