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2008 Ford Edge

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2008 Ford Edge Review

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By masterfully combining the best attributes of a responsive but comfortable sedan with those of a versatile and roomy SUV, the 2008 Ford Edge fulfills the promise of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) like no other example to date. It also demonstrates impeccable timing, arriving just as many car-based CUV sales begin overtaking their truck-based SUV counterparts. The Ford Edge might not have the capability to impact the market in the same way as the automaker's Taurus sedan of 1986 or the Explorer SUV of 1991, but the fact that it's good enough to get mentioned in the same sentence as those milestones says quite a bit.

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Softer than some, stiffer than others, the 2008 Ford Edge hits the mass-appeal sweet spot in ride and handling. Coupled with a refined, eager powertrain and notably quiet highway cruising, the roomy, comfortable, versatile Edge is an extraordinarily well-rounded way to move throughout the world.

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The Ford Edge doesn't corner as aggressively as its sporty appearance may suggest. Its innovative design (and $39,000 price ceiling) might also have you expecting the availability of features like keyless entry and start and a third-row seat. For the small percentage of drivers that would utilize it, the Edge's lack of manumatic shift capability could be a disappointment.

What's New for 2008

New options for 2008 include the SYNC hands-free communications and entertainment system, a power rear liftgate, voice-activated DVD navigation and two new packages: The Limited series and an interior Appearance Package featuring red leather seating with contrasting piping.

Driving the Edge

Driving Impressions In the city and on the highway, the 2008 Ford Edge met or exceeded nearly all of our high expectations. More significant than how quickly the Edge was able to...

merge and pass was how pleasantly it did so, with none of the racket and drama we might have expected from such a vehicle only a few years ago. At cruising speeds, we were impressed by an appreciably quiet cabin and a notably comfortable ride. Only when the road began to wind and curve, and we began to push it harder, did the Edge reveal any noteworthy limitations, although we nonetheless consider the suspension, steering and brakes ideally balanced for the vehicle's purpose in life.

Available Remote Seatback Release
For loading larger items, the split rear seatback folds flat at the push of two cargo area-mounted buttons.

Available Panoramic Sunroof
Open or closed, the Edge's massive glass sunroof really livens up the passenger cabin. There's even a second, fixed glass panel over the second row.

2008 Ford Edge Details
Interior

The Edge's more familiar interior styling doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by its cutting-edge sheetmetal, but it's nonetheless attractive, comfortable and spacious. Highlights include an especially roomy back seat with reclining seatbacks and a center console big enough to swallow a laptop or purse. Available niceties include a big panoramic sunroof, remote seat release buttons that let you fold the rear seatbacks flat from the cargo area and a fold-flat front passenger seat that allows for the transport of items up to eight feet in length.

Exterior
2008 Ford Edge photo

By resisting the urge to add even a small, "just in case" third-row seat, Ford's designers were able to give the Edge the sleeker, sportier profile that helps set it apart from the crowd. The view from the side is marked by a large but subtle rear spoiler, short front and rear overhangs and well-defined wheel arches framing 17-inch aluminum wheels. The front of the vehicle is dominated by a version of the three-bar chrome grille that debuted on the Ford Fusion sedan, while the back is defined by dual exhaust outlets, a big, unapologetic Ford oval and clear-lens taillamps. Edge SEL and Limited models are distinguished by 18-inch wheels, front fog lights, chrome exhaust tips plus body-color mirrors, door handles and spoiler.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the 3.5-liter V6 and six-speed automatic transmission, a base Edge SE includes power windows/locks/mirrors, remote keyless entry, single-disc CD/CD-MP3 sound system, auxiliary audio input jack, reclining rear seatbacks and 17-inch aluminum wheels, A comprehensive set of standard safety equipment includes front, front-side and two-row side-curtain airbags, plus electronic stability control with rollover mitigation.

Optional Equipment

Features not included on a base Edge include the two-panel panoramic sunroof, EasyFold trunk-mounted remote rear-seat release, DVD-based voice activated navigation system, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, power rear liftgate, SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system, reverse sensing system, premium six-disc audio system, leather seating, power and heated front seats and fold-flat passenger seat.

Under the Hood

In addition to Ford's newest V6, the Edge's powertrain features a cutting-edge six-speed automatic transmission that's the product of a joint development program between Ford and GM. The available all-wheel-drive system functions in front-wheel-drive mode until a need for additional traction is detected. In true crossover fashion, the Edge is built upon the same platform as Ford's Fusion sedan. Maximum towing capacity is 3,500 pounds.

3.5-liter V6
265 horsepower @ 6250 rpm
250 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 (FWD), 15/22 (AWD)

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2008 Ford Edge Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 615 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    8.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Fan to Noisy - Electrical Issues

By on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 27,000

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Elbow room"

Cons: "Fan to Noisy, No easy spot for a phone or wallet."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The fan is too loud. It can't be past the half way setting or you are raising your voice significantly to talk to another passenger. The fan was not turning on when it was cold out. The driver door is giving me a message that it is not closed tight - have to slam it 3 times to get it to stop dinging... service appointment this week... and was told this has been a problem on other Edges but no recall."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Would buy over and over again!

By on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,300

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Cons: "Little bit of road noise, city mpg"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I always tell people that I am not a creature of habit, but I love my Edge and would happily buy another! It has run wonderful since I bought it at 25,000 miles. Even with front wheel drive it handled beautifully in the snow and ice when we lived in Minnesota. Normal sized adults can sit VERY comfortably in the backseat and there is still a large trunk space. One of the elements I really love about the Edge is being able to go somewhere nice in the city while looking sleek and sexy in my car, and at other times loading it up with my camping gear and heading into the mountains with all of the space and rugged features I need for that environment. Also, everyone who has ever gotten in my my car has noticed and mentioned how fantastic it is. They always ask, "what kind of car is this, I really like it?""

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Good driving except for ride comfort

By on Monday, April 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,400

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Good handling."

Cons: "Road shocks not suppressed enough."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Bought a 2014 Ford SEL in December 2014. It drives pretty well, accelerates well. What I don't like is that the ride is a bit harsh. My spine feels the road vibrations a bit too much. My wife who drives this car mainly also dislikes the ride."

2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

No problems to this point

By on Saturday, April 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 5,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Lots of blind spots for the driver out rear and side windows. (Use caution.) Emergency brake really put in a bad place especially if you use two feet to drive."

1 person out of 4 found this review helpful

Driver Seat not comfortable

By on Friday, April 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 800

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "O K Price very nice over all"

Cons: "Just that driver seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"I only have 800 miles on this car but I do not find the driver seat comfortable. WHY ? I feel the crossbar on the bottom and I lean to the right. Does anyone else find the driver seat uncomfortable ????"

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Comfortable ride, Plenty of power, Nice Styling

By on Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 19,500

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Cons: "Needs a manuel temperature guage in dash"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Purchased vehicle two months ago. The ride is very comfortable and the styling is very nice. The vehicle has plenty of power with the 285 HP V6 and I am getting better than the average miles per gallon than advertised. Unstermentation is easy to read and controls are easily at hand and requires little concentration when making changes."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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