Is a MSRP of $40,700 living on the edge?
This was another diamond in the rough since it was nearly new with barely 290 miles on the clock. My boss’s former favorite was a 2017 Edge, so I had reason to find out the hype for myself, especially since this is fairly loaded Titanium version.
The first thing I did was turn on the heated seat when I sat down. Winter will just not let go in Lexington! The controls took getting use to, but were reminiscent of the Fusion Hybrid that mom, bro, and I took to Florida this past fall. The wireless charging pad is next to the USB ports and seems to be a new standard in all upper trimmed vehicles. The titanium also included an incognito stellar 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen that blew me away even without SirusXM radio. The base stereo that comes with the SE version of the Edge has the identical controls, so the buyer has to look close at the B&O logo on the door speakers to know of the incredible upgrade.
The 245hp 4-cyl turbo was adequate, but not a barn burner by any means. At idle it was unusually loud and sounded a little tinny, not ok for a $40,000+ ride. The 8-speed automatic was smooth, but the 23mpg on mostly highway driving I achieved was disappointing. The EPA claims 22city / 29hwy, but both of those seem overly optimistic. The engine bay was surprising in that it isn’t covered with countless plastic covers. The maxed out ST trimmed version comes with a twin-turbo V-6 that bumps horsepower up to 335 with the same 8-speed automatic.
From the outside, it would appear that the cargo area would be tiny. As displayed with the giant rear pillars, visibility was not great looking out the back. I think it’s the wraparound taillights that make it look smaller.
What a relief that the cargo hold was nothing like the Buick Encore. The Edge would be completely acceptable for a family of 5 and their bags for a week long trip.
The backseats would be ideal for 2 people, but also great for three. The seating surfaces were of high quality and comfortable according to the passenger back there on the way to and from dinner.
The center console was of higher material than expected and the storage unit was unusually deep.
The Edge has been updated twice since it’s debut in 2007 and continues to do well for the Blue Oval folks in Michigan. The 2nd generation debuted in 2015 and had it’s best sales year ever in 2017.
This 2WD version took the road twists and turns better than expected from a 3900 lb vehicle, but the ride was definitely more truck-like than a sedan. Regardless, the ride was night and day better than the Grand Caravan of last week.
The 12-way power driver seat was excellent and was comfortable with minimal adjustments. I’ll assume the previous driver was about 6 feet tall also.
The dashboard was unmistakably Ford as it is nearly identical to the Fusion Hybrid without the Eco/Hybrid displays. The steering wheel was rather crowded with 22 different buttons, but easy to figure out.
I’m going to predict that the design of the door bottoms will lead to rust issues years down the road. I detailed a friend’s 2014 Edge last summer and noticed that all 4 doors bend inward to a makeshift shelf for salt and road debris. Five model years later, and the Edge still has the same shelf. Hopefully it’s coated with some sort of anti-corrosive material at a minimum.
I don’t see a reason why I’d need to rent the Edge again. If I had 4 audiophile type passengers, this would be ideal. I haven’t heard a sound system this incredible since my 7-speaker Nakamichi stereo in my 1990 LS400.
80 out of 100
85 out of 100
100 out of 100 – unsure how could it improve
85 out of 100
50 out of 100
75 out of 100
50 out of 100
RECOMMEND TO RENT:
65 out of 100
RECOMMEND TO BUY
40 out of 100 – 1st gen had numerous transmission complaints had problems