The Ford Edge is completely redesigned in and out for 2011, and the result is a compelling crossover that provides a high level of sophistication, technology, and drivability.
Four trim levels are offered--SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The SE is front-wheel drive, while all other models are offered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. SE and SEL models are powered by a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine that produces 285 hp. The Limited features an all-new 285-hp 3.5L V6, which utilizes Ford's twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to allow for greater power and increased fuel efficiency over previous 3.5L engines. And the Edge Sport will derive its motive power from the same 3.7L V6 found in the Mustang, another Ti-VCT unit that produces an impressive 305 hp and 280 ft-lb of torque. Both V6s will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the Sport will get the SelectShift paddle system to allow precise control for the driver.
Inside, the Edge has comfortable seating for five and 32 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, more than double that with them folded. Available features include a power liftgate and a Vista Roof that combines a sliding sunroof with a large glass panel over the rear seats.
Standard in Limited and Sport and available in SE and SEL is the new MyFord Touch, which utilizes a combination of 8-inch LCD touchscreen and voice command to control audio and climate systems; the system replaces many traditional knobs and dials and allows drivers quicker, easier access to common devices. MyFord pioneers the use of iTunes tagging, which "captures" a song being played and stores it in memory for later purchase from iTunes. Included in the MyFord interface are two USB ports, three RCA jacks, and a digital media card dock that also accepts a mobile broadband card.
Also available on the 2011 Edge is Ford's Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support. The system detects a potential crash and warns the driver, reduces vehicle speed, and pre-charges the brakes for a quicker stop. The Edge also debuts Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, which warns of cars in adjacent lanes and of approaching vehicles when backing out of parking spots.
Finally, for teenaged drivers, MyKey allows Edge owners to program set vehicle speeds and to encourage seatbelt usage with persistent beeping and reduced audio volume.
Ford's popular Edge crossover is significantly refreshed for 2011. Exterior sheetmetal is revised, with a new front end that features softer, more aerodynamic lines as well as a new headlight design. The front fascia in all but the base model has vertical LED running lamps, while revisions to the taillights and rear bumper contribute tighten the look from the rear.
Inside, Ford has upped the use of high-quality materials to improve look and tactile feel of interior surfaces. It's also better insulated for a quieter ride. The center stack is new and ergonomically spot-on, and it contains the interactive MyFord and MyFord Touch interface, as well as Ford's Sync infotainment system.
A new 3.5L V6 is under hood putting out 285 horsepower, up from the previous V6 model's 265 hp. Despite the power increase, the unit returns 27 mpg on the highway--a 3 mpg increase over the previous engine. The Edge Sport will utilize a new 3.7L V6--a powerplant shared with the latest Mustang. In the Sport it produces 305 hp and 280 ft-lb of torque.