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2012 Ford Edge

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2012 Ford Edge Review

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The midsize CUV (Crossover Utility Vehicle) has comfortably stepped into its role as the new family wagon of old. Offering a high seating position, generous ground clearance and excellent use of interior space, vehicles like the 2012 Ford Edge have become indispensable to many. And, thanks to renewed emphasis on ride quality, handling, safety and overall comfort (not to mention attention to detail), large numbers of former sedan and SUV owners are also making the switch. While there are plenty of excellent CUVs on the market, including such heavyweights as the sporty 2012 Mazda CX-7, the 7-passenger 2012 Toyota Highlander, the value-packed 2012 Chevrolet Equinox, and the newly introduced 2012 Kia Sorrento, the aptly named Ford Edge has a leg up on most of the competition thanks to its advanced electronics and powertrain choices. The Edge's smart good looks, competitive pricing and strong resale and reliability record also go a long way toward explaining the vehicle's success. And, with even more improvements on hand, the 2012 Ford Edge appears more than ready to defend its turf.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for the Goldilocks of CUVS, the 2012 Ford Edge is it. Not too stiff yet far from being a marshmallow, the Ford Edge's ride and handling strike the right balance between car and SUV. The Edge's powertrain choices offer something for everyone and with such high-tech features as the SYNC communications and information system, Ford MyTouch and Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity, the Edge holds strong appeal to smart-phone and touch-pad junkies who can't live without constantly being connected to outside world.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Outside of the Sport model, the Edge can't tear through turns as well as some more enthusiast-oriented CUVs (think Mazda CX-7 and Acura RDX). And, despite its many attributes, a fold-away third-row seat is not among them. Those who don't own a smart phone or give two hoots about owning the latest iPad may find the Edge's numerous buttons and advanced visual technology a bit overwhelming.

What's New for 2012

A 240-horsepower EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine is added to the 2012 Edge's powertrain list. Offered on the SE, SEL and Limited trims, the 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine features turbocharging and gasoline direct injection to achieve an EPA estimated 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway. EcoBoost-equipped Edge models also feature active grille shutters, which close under certain conditions to improve aerodynamics. Also new is the availability of a passenger's 10-way power seat with power lumbar support.

Driving the Edge

Driving Impressions Whether in the city or out on long stretches of open highway, the 2012 Ford Edge never failed to live up to our expectations. Power is readily available making passing,...

merging and even climbing steep hills a snap. There is no fuss from under the hood, no straining or lagging upshifts, just smooth linear power delivery. The Edge's steering is bit heavily weighted, but it is precise and the vehicle displays good handling characteristics, with minimal body roll and sway and a surprisingly smooth ride, even with the larger wheel and tire package. Push the Edge hard, however, and its limitations become more obvious. This is not a vehicle that wants to tear through S-curves for any great duration. Inside, we found the 2012 Ford Edge to be extremely well insulated from the outside world. The quiet cabin, comfortable seats and excellent Sony sound system made our Edge the preferred vehicle for long-term test drives.

MyFord Touch and SYNC
While others are now getting into the in-car multimedia game, Ford's well established 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.

2012 Ford Edge Details
2012 Ford Edge photo Interior

The 2012 Ford Edge has by far one of the nicest interiors Ford has ever placed in a non-luxury product. Color is the dominant theme, not so much in the materials, but in the cool adjustable multicolored dash and foot-well lighting. Colorful LCD touch screens for climate and audio controls take center stage, with many of their functions capable of being operated by voice command. Known as MyFord Touch, this option includes customizable displays screens on either side of the speedometer, as well as an 8-inch LCD monitor in the center stack. Through a pair of steering-wheel touch pads, the driver can control music, navigation, phone and even the climate control. The system also includes Wi-Fi, which allows it to take advantage of apps such as Pandora and OpenBeak, as well as utilize a USB modem to create a hot spot for passenger laptops. The 2012 Ford Edge offers an abundance of head and legroom, with the rear-seat occupants enjoying seats that can recline to make long trips more comfortable. Storage areas are also quite generous, from the massive center console and its laptop-size bin to the big cargo area behind the second row. Shell out the big bucks and you can have your Ford Edge with leather seating, a dual-pane Vista Roof, a fold-flat front passenger's seat and remote release controls that allow the rear seats to be folded down while standing at the Edge's cargo area.

Exterior
2012 Ford Edge photo

The 2012 Ford Edge displays a bulldoggish stance that shuns the more traditional CUV shape so often dictated by the addition of a small and generally useless third-row seat. The taut sheet metal, high beltline and gently sloping rear give the 2012 Ford Edge a distinct appearance that is both tough and elegant. The Edge's large wheel housings are pushed to the outer corners, which, when combined with the short front and rear overhangs, creates a vehicle that is easy to maneuver in tight spots. Wheel sizes vary by trim ranging from 17 to 22 inches, but all look modern and complement the Edge's distinct styling. Ford's signature t3-bar chrome grille is exaggerated on the Edge, with the Sport model receiving a blacked-out version and the EcoBoost models employing electric opening and closing grille vents. Around back, Ford employs 4-inch dual exhaust outlets for a sportier look and large jewel-lens taillights. Higher-end trims get chrome exhaust finishers, more body-colored pieces (think mirror, door handles and rear spoiler) and unique paint colors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the 3.5-liter V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2012 Ford 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. The SEL adds dual-zone automatic climate control, the reverse-sensing system and 18-inch alloy wheels, while the Limited trim adds leather seating, 10-way power and heated front seats, and 18-inch wheels. The Sport trim includes much of the Limited's equipment but brings a 3.7-liter V6 engine, 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, and 22-inch polished aluminum wheels.

Optional Equipment

Features vary by trim level and 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. Optional on front-drive SE, SEL and Limited is the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, while all-wheel drive is available but only on Edge models equipped with V6 engines.

Under the Hood

In addition to Ford's 3.5- and 3.7-liter V6 engines, the 2012 Ford Edge now offers a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine complete with variable valve timing and direct-injection technology. The EcoBoost engine offers the fuel economy of a small four cylinder, but nearly as much power as the 3.5-liter V6. EcoBoost and SE V6 models employ a 6-speed automatic transmission, but SEL, Limited and Sport feature cutting-edge SelectShift 6-speed automatic transmission that's the product of a joint development program between Ford and GM. The 2012 Ford Edge's 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.

2.0-liter in-line 4, turbocharged
240 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
270 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 21/30


3.5-liter V6
285 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
253 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/27 (FWD), 18/25 (AWD)

3.7-liter V6 (Sport)
305 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
280 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 (FWD), 17/23 (AWD)



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2012 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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