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2011 Ford Edge

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2011 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 2011 Ford Edge fulfills the promise of the Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV) like no other example to date. Its rapid rise and strong sales also demonstrate proof that the car-based CUV is becoming more desirable than its truck-based SUV counterparts. It's even winning over the four-legged market, having been named Bark Buckle UP's Pet Safe Vehicle of the Year. 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 2011 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. Music lovers and Bluetooth junkies will love the hands-free convenience provided by Ford's innovative SYNC and Touch multi-media interfaces.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Ford Edge doesn't corner as aggressively as its sporty appearance may suggest. Its innovative design (and $40,000-plus price ceiling) might also have you expecting the availability of features like a fold-away third-row seat. Those uncomfortable with the ever-multiplying use of advanced technology in cars may be overwhelmed by the complexity of the new MyFord Touch and SYNC systems.

What's New for 2011

For 2011, the Edge gets a major makeover, sporting an aggressive oversized three-bar chrome grille, new front fenders and a more modern interior. The 3.5-liter V6 sees a big jump in horsepower to 285, while the Sport trim's 3.7-liter engine boosts output to 305 horsepower. New options include Intelligent Access with push-button start, adaptive cruise control and a new driver interface system called MyFord Touch.

Driving the Edge

Driving Impressions In the city and on the highway, the 2011 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.

MyFord Touch and SYNC
Unlike anything offered by the competition, Ford's suite of high-tech multimedia electronics will forever change the way we interact with our cars.

Available "Vista Roof" Glass 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.

2011 Ford Edge Details
2011 Ford Edge photo Interior

The Edge's new interior more than lives up to the expectations set by its cutting-edge sheetmetal. A new instrument cluster and center console is awash in colorful LCD screens and touch-panel controls. 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 the dual-pane Vista Roof, 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. New for 2011 is Ford's MyFord Touch, which displays customizable information on two 4.2-inch LCD screens on either side of the speedometer, as well as the center console's 8-inch LCD monitor. Through MyFord Touch, the driver can control music, navigation, phone and even the climate controls, all via steering wheel touch pads. The system also includes Wi-Fi, which means it can now take advantage of apps such as Pandora and OpenBeak, as well as utilize a USB modem to create a hotspot for passenger laptops.

Exterior
2011 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. This year's redesign removes some of the hard angles, replacing them with softer rounded edges and creating a more organic appearance. 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 18-, 20- or 22-inch aluminum wheels, depending on the trim. The front of the vehicle is dominated by an elongated version of Ford's three-bar chrome grille with a big, unapologetic Ford oval placed smack dab in the center. The Edge's backside is defined by four-inch dual exhaust outlets, and two-piece jewel 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. The Sport rides on massive 22-inch wheels and tires, a first in this segment.

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, MyFord controls, 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 Vista Roof, EasyFold trunk-mounted remote rear-seat release, hard drive-based voice-activated navigation system with SIRIUS Travel Link, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, power rear liftgate, SYNC hands-free communication and entertainment system with 911 Assist, MyFord Touch customizable driver information system, reverse sensing system, Intelligent Access with push-button start, a 390-watt Sony 12-speaker audio system, leather seating, power and heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) and fold-flat passenger seat.

Under the Hood

In addition to Ford's newest V6, the Edge's powertrain features a cutting-edge SelectShift 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
285 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
253 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (FWD), 18/26 (AWD)

3.7-liter V6 (Sport)
305 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
280 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)

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2011 Ford Edge Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 657 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

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

BEST NEW VEHICLE EVER WOULD BUY AGAIN FOR SURE

By on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,882

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
8/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "OUIET RIDE GET A LOT OF COMPLEMENTS ON APPERANCE"

Cons: "WISH I HAD POWER PASSENGER SEAT"

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

"SEEMED PRICEY AT FIRST BUT EXTREAMLY HAPPY WITH MY EDGE. I WILL LOOK AT THE EDGE AGAIN FOR MY NEXT CAR......LOVE IT!"

looks great, not reliable at all

By on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 109,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
4/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "comfort, style"

Cons: "powertrain and poor gas comsumption in the city"

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

"This car comes with huge transmission problems that Ford will not back. On the freeway and with no warning the instrument warning light come on and the speedo goes to zero. come to a complete stop and the car will not move. Turn of the car and restart and after very rough shifting in to drive, the car will once again drive fine until the next episode which could be the next day or two. Lots of the same complains online with no where to turn to but sell the car for very little or take on huge repair bill from the dealer."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Owned Cadillac & Lincolns Enjoy my Sport

By on Wednesday, January 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 14,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun suv also lots of goodies best looking suv"

Cons: "Can't think of any"

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

"I am a senior had many cars the sport is one of the best...We drive to Florida it is so relaxing. Also it takes regular gas even with the 3.7. I leased but guess what I will definitely buy it at lease end..It's a 2014 white platinum sport AWD with all the goodies.My opinion it looks better than the 2016..love those 22 wheels."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Great car with GREAT reliability!!

By on Monday, January 04, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,616

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "back up camera, back up sensors, Sync, balanced"

Cons: "back doors don't open wide,"

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

"I purchased this car new, and it is now 3 years old, and I have to say it is one of the best vehicle purchases I have made. I would buy another one in a minute. We are way out in the country and this car even with front wheel drive gets through the snow GREAT and has never let me down. Easy to drive with lots of pick up and love, love, love the back up camera and back up sensors. I think these cars are a bit pricy but I feel they are a good purchase for the money!! The only two cons I have with this car is the rear doors don't open wide enough, and the tailgate lift without the automatic electric hydraulic is a bit hard to shut. I Hope this helps with this car review but I will say it is a GREAT PURCHASE AND RELIABLE!"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Super clean and great vehicle all the way around

By on Sunday, January 03, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 135,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"I and my boss have been the only owners and own 3 car washes needless to say this suv is in great shape and super clean for a NY car."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Love Ford! Love this Edge!!

By on Monday, December 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 157,000

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
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Gas mileage, styling, options, top 10 best engine."

Cons: "Could be a smoother ride, no sync updates."

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

"Bought this car unintentionally. Just was out one day bored and decided to pull into a dealership (killing time) it caught the corner of my eye. Took it for a 10 minute test drive and couldn't wait to get back to make it mine. About 2 days later, I ran into the transmission issue that's extremely common with these things (a bad sensor) took it back to the dealership where I bought it, and without any hassle, they gave me a loaner, and called me a couple days later to come get it. Problem solved. About a month later, I decided to give it a fresh set of platinum plugs, and watched a YouTube video how to do it, and had the job completed in under an hour. Love the gas mileage i get now! I love the styling and comforts that come along with this car! All my friends always want to ride in it, I love all the options that come with it. Stereo rocks in it, beautiful panoramic sunroof, sync, power rear folding seats, plus so much more!"

4 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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