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Road Test: 2015 Ford Edge

2015 Edge

The Ford Edge has always been a great combination of unique flair in a very practical package. While many crossovers are growing constantly and missing the point, the 2015 Edge has kept its, well for lack of a better word, edge over the competition.  You see, this cool urban utility vehicle has stuck to its same formula of having small car-like driving characteristics with a large and practical passenger and cargo area.

Highlights

  • All-new redesign for 2015
  • New optional 2.7L EcoBoost engine
  • Available BLIS with Cross Traffic Alert
  • Roomy crossover that drives like a smaller car

For 2015, the Edge is all new! That formula we spoke of is still there, the innovative tech we’ve come to expect from Ford is there in full force, and the styling is timeless. Once you see the side profile, the car can instantly be recognized as part of the Edge lineage. Tall greenhouse, urban style, little details like LED accents, sleekly designed halogen headlamps, and a unique styling of Ford’s new corporate grille are some unmistakable characteristics of the new Edge. It looks fantastic and leaner than older models, but is it still as easy to drive as the older ones? We had to find out!

Our test model was a very well equipped 2015 Ford Edge SEL. Based on options alone, we thought this vehicle was the top of the line Titanium model. Goes to show how well equipped these cars can be optioned! This SEL came with the Technology Package, Utility Package, 3.5L V6 (that delivers a combined rating of 20 MPG) and a Panoramic Vista Roof. The Technology Package ads some really cool safety features such as BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross Traffic Alert, Remote Start, Auto Dimming Drivers side Mirror, and a Voice Activated Navigation with SiriusXM Traffic and TravelLink. One package, so much tech! The Utility pack has some convenience goodies like a Hands Free Liftgate, Perimeter Alarm, and a Universal Garage Door opener. The SEL trim that came with this vehicle was the 201A pack, so SYNC with MyFord Touch, Heated Leather, 6-way power passenger seat, and a Premium 9-speaker audio system are all standard fare. Most new houses are less equipped than this car!

Set the scene: We take advantage of the remote start on this cold, rainy day. The 3.5-liter V6 engine roars to life with a deep rumble, a surprise for such a comfy car. Opening the door, the bright cabin greets you thanks to the large windows and panoramic sunroof. The seats have a familiar pattern of the Fusion and are just as comfy and supportive, they’re ideal road trip seats. New buttons help to aid the MyFord Touch system, and everything is placed in a clear and systematic manner. The new model also has an impressive passenger volume of 113.9 ft3, whereas its biggest competitor the Nissan Murano only has 108.1 ft3. The overall length of the new Edge is 188.1” when compared to the Murano’s 192.4”.

We are happy to inform you that the Edge is still as easy to drive as past models! The seating position is high up like a crossover, but the steering feel is that of a midsize sedan. This allows the Edge to be nimble and zippy around town. Turns are just plain fun in this car, a really rare occasion in a crossover. At speed, the Edge really feels composed, and even while going over bumps its feels smooth. The Blind Spot Information System comes in handy for when other cars appear (or don’t) on your side so you can stay focused on the road ahead, while still being aware of your surroundings. The backup camera works like a charm, and even shows little lines to help you steer into a spot with ease. But the most surprising part of the new Edge is the sport mode that engages the transmission. This activates a quicker throttle response and allows the driver to use the paddle shifters located behind the wheel. Once you take off, the 3.5L V6 really comes alive, and man does it sound cool!

The new 2015 Edge combines the style of an “urban assault vehicle” and the driving experience of the Fusion, but don’t for a second think this is a Fusion wagon, it’s an entirely new breed of vehicle.

                           

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Kieran Fannan

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