As far as I can tell and most consumers too, gas prices are not getting any better, they keep on rising and we the people can do some things about it, such as doing more with a little less -- and so as the mid-size crossover-SUV segment continues to grow, this new 2013 Ford Edge has become a star in the Ford ample corral of vehicles, filling the gap between smaller haulers like the Ford Escape and bigger, 3-row vehicles like the Ford Explorer. The 2013 Edge comes standard with front-wheel drive (FWD) and can be optioned with all-wheel drive (AWD) for better traction in snow and other slippery environments.
After spending a week testing this new Edge, we were impressed with the overall driving experience that seems European in character, with a feeling of solidity and low road noise.
The standard power plant for this Edge is a 285hp V6 engine that produces 253 lb ft of torque, and a fuel-efficient, turbocharged four-cylinder engine is optional. Both the Edge 3.5L V6 and Edge Sport 3.7L V6 use advanced engine valvetrain technology (twin independent variable camshaft timing, or Ti-VCT) and clever control strategies to increase horsepower and torque to best-in-class levels versus other standard V6 entries. This Ti-VCT technology helps Edge V6 achieve best-in-class power and torque with impressive fuel economy.
What seems somewhat strange is that you have to pay extra to get the four-cylinder, but it simultaneously produces strong power and impressive fuel economy which according to the folks at Ford, it roams around 30 mpg on the highway. A six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but all-wheel drive is optional. EPA-estimated fuel economy stands at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway and 22 mpg combined. Although that changes with the AWD which then drops to 18 city, 25 highway and 21 combined.
There are four great and daring models available, the SE, SEL, Limited and Sport trim levels, each with their own qualities and characteristics.
Chassis improvements and upgrades include new subframe mounts that enhance driveability while reducing road noise. A retuned suspension features shocks, springs and stabilizer bars that were adjusted to tighten handling. The shocks now feature a high-flow piston, which allows engineers to tune for both road loads and driving dynamics, without compromising ride for handling or vice versa. The result is a flatter response through turns and over hills while still providing a comfortable ride.
Inside the passenger cabin, the bolder, more seamlessly flowing exterior design freshening is mirrored by a complementary interior, characterized by increased craftsmanship, improved materials and overall better execution. Improved fit-and-finish, softer touch points, and flexibility in terms of stowage in the cabin mark the new Ford Edge. Chrome accents and details as well as a tiered, waterfall-like design along the dashboard also highlight the all-new interior.
The MyFord Touch driver connect technology is the focal point literally and figuratively of the Ford Edge. This available groundbreaking system allows customers seamless and easy access to media or vehicle information by scrolling through menus with simple touch or voice commands.
Dimensions & specifications
Wheelbase: 111.2; overall length: 184.2; width: 76.0; height: 67.0
All vehicle measurements are in inches
Engine: 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder - 240 hp at 5,500 rpm and 270 lbs-ft of torque; 3.5L V6 - 285 hp at 6,500 rpm and 253 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm; 3.7L V6 - 305 hp at 6,500 rpm and 280 lbs-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm.
Transmission: six-speed automatic, six-speed SelectShift automatic
Cargo capacity: 68.9 cubic feet
Payload capacity: 909 lbs.
Towing capacity: 3,500 lbs.
Dual front airbags, front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, dual side-curtain airbags, four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock, push-button engine start, tire pressure monitors, remote keyless entry, SecuriLock theft deterrent system, traction control, and Advance Trac with roll stability control. SEL adds automatic headlamps and reverse sensing system. Limited adds SYNC communications system, universal garage door opener and rearview camera.
Optional safety features include: high-intensity discharge headlamps, adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, navigation system, remote engine start, blind spot information system and cross-traffic alert.
Basic: 3-year/36,000 mile Bumper-to-bumper
Powertrain: 5-year/60,000 mile
Roadside Assistance: 5-year/60,000 mile 24-hour
The base Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Ford Edge crossover starts from $27,700 for the SE up to $37,200 for the Sport model. Destination charges add $895.