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2011 Ford Edge Limited

 

2011 Ford Edge Limited

Car tested 2011 Ford Edge Limited
Body style Four-door CUV
Engine 3.5L-V6 (285  horsepower)
Transmission Six-speed automatic
Base price $39,799
Price as tested $44,099 (Canadian Touring Package, Vision Package, Drivers Entry Package, 20 inch  wheels)

Market Fact
Twin to the Lincoln MKX. Based on the Ford Fusion, which itself is derived from the last-generation
Mazda 6.

History
The 2011 Edge, a thorough mid-cycle remake of the vehicle launched in 2007, features numerous
mechanical updates, revised styling and and all-new cabin. 

Key Competitors
Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano.

 

Optional 20 inch wheels look great but don't do much for ride comfort

Performance
The 285 horsepower 3.5L V6 is smooth, flexible and produces abundant power, though some
drivers remarked on a lack of torque at low speeds. The V6 is well matched to a slick shifting
six-speed automatic transmission with a manumatic function triggered by a little disc on the
shift lever. While not sporty in any way, the Edge handles predictably once you
begin to trust it, which takes time, as drivers are initially wary of its prodigious bulk. The Edge's
steering has a reassuring heft and is nicely geared, but does little to tell the driver what is
happening on the road beneath. Though the Edge exhibits a steady ride on the highway, the ride
in town (with the optional 20 inch wheels on our tester) is disappointingly choppy. The standard
18 inch wheels may deliver a smoother ride. Strong brakes. Very good driving position and good
outward visibility. The so-called "Vista" roof on our test vehicle had a massive opening, and
caused very little wind buffeting when it was open.    

Ford Edge dashboard

Interior
The 2011 update kept the comfortable seats, ample cabin dimensions and good cargo capacity
of the pre-facelift Edge, and married them to a more elegant cabin with significantly improved
fit and finish. The visually simple dash, matte finished plastics and two-tone colour schemes
are pleasing to the eye. On the other hand, the faux alloy trim is not entirely convincing, and some
APA staffers were unenthusiastic about the woodgrain accents (with odd vertical graining) on
the dashboard. Light coloured carpets on the cabin and cargo floors brighten the cabin, may
prove difficult to keep clean.

Much has been said about the MyFord Touch electronic control interface inhabiting many new
Fords, including the Edge. It is indeed daunting at first, with drivers feeling helpless when all
they wanted to do was change a radio station. However, with time, and about 15 minutes
assistance from a resident or friendly teenager, the system becomes less intimidating. The
touch-screen has a different-coloured bar at each of its quadrants, a push on which will take
you to a sub-screen (phone, navigation, audio and climate) where you can adjust the appropriate
function. There are also touch-adjusted climate control buttons on the dash centre stack for those
who don't want to use the screen. Whether the MyFord Touch system is an improvement over
conventional controls is debatable, but it can be mastered in time.

The name-brand audio system installed in the Edge Limited produced impressive sound of great
depth and clarity. Ford's Sync cell phone interface is not compatible with all makes of cell phones. 

The MyFord Touch screen displaying multiple fingerprints

The instrument panel features a central speedometer with a conventional needle indicator,
but all other elements are electronic screens that can (except for the fuel gauge) be altered to
reflect driver preferences. The photo of the gauge display show a tachometer on the left and a
compass on the right.

The displays flanking the speedometer can be picked by the driver. 

 

Cargo area with rear seat in place

Cargo area (with light-hued carpet) with rear seat folded down 

Reliability
The pre-2011 Edge was rated above average for reliability. There is insufficient data on this heavily
revised model to predict long-term reliability. Three year/60,000 km bumper to bumper warranty, with
five years/100,000 km on the powertrain. 

Pricing
All-wheel drive (standard on the Sport) is a $2000 option on most Edge trim levels. The Edge SEL upgrade
lacks content for the price, but the Limited package is reasonable value in comparison. The Sport trim adds
the 3.7L V6 and 27 horsepower, but costs $3700. Avoid the 22 inch wheel package as replacement tires
are extremely expensive. Lease monthlies (48 months) are high in relation to monthly (60 months) finance
payments.

Safety
Seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain airbags are standard on all models. The Edge was a
Top Safety Pick, and rated Good in the frontal, side, rear and roof strength tests conducted by the
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Clean, elegant lines of the Ford Edge