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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.

You'll Like This Car If...

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 628 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

EXCELLENT RIDE QUIET STRONG ENGINE NICE LOOKING

By on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "GREAT RIDE VERY FUNTIONAL AND ROOMY"

Cons: "STORAGE AREAS ARE BAD DOOR HANDLES POSITIONED WRO"

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

"I BOUGHT THE 2014 VERSION OF THE FORD EDGE BECAUSE MY 2008 FORD EDGE HAD ALOT OF MILES BUT I TRULY LOVED IT. I NEVER HAD AN ISSUE WITH ANYTHING ABOUT IT AND IT WAS PRETTY. HOWEVER NOW I AM SO NOT HAPPY! I AM FINDING THAT THE THE ENTRANCE INTO THE CAR IS SO CLOSE IT IS DIFFICULT TO GET IN WITHOUT HITTING YOUR HEAD,THE STORAGE HAS BEEN COMPLETELY CHANGED AND PUT IN RIDICULOUS PLACES, THE CONSOLE STORAGE HAS A TRAY THAT DROPS INTO THE CONSOLE SO FAR THAT IT IS REALLY UN-USABLE, THE DOOR HANDLES HAVE BEEN MOVED FORWARD AND ANGLED SO THAT THEY ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO USE IF YOU ARE ON A SLIGHTLY TILTED AREA SUCH AS A CIRCULAR PARKING GARAGE. ONE HAS TO GRAB THE DOOR FRAME TO KEEP THE DOOR FROM HITTING THE CAR NEXT TO YOU. IT IS THE INTERIOR CHANGES THAT HAVE MADE THIS CAR ONE I WOULD NOT BUY AGAIN. THEY SHOULD HAVE LEFT IT ALONE"

reat driving car good milage powerful easy to

By on Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 59,376

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "ONLY PROS FOR THIS CAR HANDLES LIKE A DREAM"

Cons: "NONE"

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

"NICE CAR HAD NO ISSUES AT ALL THE OIL IS CHANGED EVERY 3-4 THOSAND MILES PLUS ALL MAJOR SERVICES 15-30-45 THOUSAND MILES ALL AT DEALER. NEW TRIPLE TRAC GOOD YEAR TIRES LAST YEAR. I PURCHASED PREMIUM EXTENDED WARRANTY TRANSFERRABLE. CAR IS CLEAN, DRIVES REALLY WELL AUTOMATIC DIM MIRROR PARKING SENSORS"

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

WONDERFUL CAR! I love my Limited EDGE!

By on Thursday, June 04, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

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
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun, attractive, comfortable"

Cons: "blind spot"

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

"COMFORTABLE, RELIABLE, ATTRACTIVE, DECENT MPG, & POWER: This was my first cross-over: my most recent vehicles were 3 SUVs and 3 dual-cab trucks. Verdict? I still love it after nearly 5 years and a 2,000-mile trip. It hugs the road much better than the SUVs and proved to be VERY comfortable even after three LONG days of driving. DETAILS (LIMITED): A hands-free stereo feature allows you to listen to directions and answer calls via the stereo speakers. The huge PANORAMIC roof has 3 options: closed, glass view, or open to the sky. PAINT: The metallic white custom paint upgrade is definitely worth the extra money. The yellow-white paint option is ugly. Whoever approved THAT color should stick to watercolors. In addition to the standard push button controls to adjust the COMFY leather seats, it also has dual-control warm and hot settings to heat your seats--in case you like your seat warmer than he likes his. This is an awesome perk on cold mornings. The A/C has dual temperature settings as well, in case you are the only one having a hot flash. ;) Push button controls flatten the rear seats for loading luggage, gear, or just for loading up after those big Costco trips. There is a LOT of room. The blind-spot/ mirror within a mirror is nice for spotting cars to the side--just behind the driver's head. (There is a back-up camera option, but I didn't choose that.) The ONLY issue that I have after driving this car for almost 5 years is that there is a blind spot caused by the large side view mirror and wide panel. Maybe, it isn't an issue for people whose line of vision is above the side view mirror. -short girl problems- In summation, I really do love this car and I recommend it."

7 people out of 14 found this review helpful

Stylish and solidly built; heavy for its class

By on Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 39,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Solidly-built with a safe and quiet ride."

Cons: "Fuel mileage needs to improve. Better interior!!"

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

"Good, dependable transportation. Fuel economy suffers due to its heavy curb weight. Comfort is good. Interior materials cheapen the EDGE's "look." SYNC is a nice feature once you figure it out!!!! Roomy storage area; ridiculous that there is no spring-loaded package compartment cover!! My Nissan X-Terra even had that! Good substantial ride with minimal road noise at highway speeds. Braking requires relatively firm pressure onto the pedal, to get this vehicle to stop. That could be a problem for the elderly, or anyone who was used to a sensitive braking system. Paint finish is excellent, and has stayed showroom fresh since 2008! I DO recommend the EDGE to everyone, and have gotten numerous compliments on it. I plan to purchase a 2016 EDGE when they are available!"

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Great car.

By on Monday, May 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 33,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"The only reason that I might trade for a new Edge is for some of the newer bells and whistles that they have. If I don't get a price I can live with I won't trade. My 13 is in great shape."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

Nice car but a bit of a pig going uphill

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 40,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Nice and roomy"

Cons: "Slow on hills"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I purchased the AWD 2011 Edge and previously owned a 2004 Volvo S80.T6. Perhaps had I not owned the Volvo before buying the SUV I wouldn't have noticed but the Edge really bogs down driving through the city streets that have hills. You really have to push down on the gas and sometimes I put it into the Manual mode so that I can control this a bit easier. Also I made the error of buying the AWD version and upon getting a nail in one tire, I had to replace all 4 tires, which was $800. I will never buy AWD again due to that reason. It has been very reliable and looks good when it's cleaned up. I have grown to like the Sync system pretty well and like the hands-free ability for cell phone use but feel I have to yell for people to hear me."

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

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