2015 Ford Edge First Review

By Matt Degen on March 16, 2015 11:40 AM

Sportier yet more comfortable. More powerful yet fuel efficient. Quieter yet more pronounced. Every time an automaker brings out a new model, it strives to achieve traits that can seem at odds with one another for the greater good. 

It's no surprise this holds true for the 2015 Ford Edge, which marks the second generation of the company's midsize SUV. Totally revamped for 2015, it would be easy to mistake this 5-passenger crossover for a luxury vehicle, especially in higher trims like the new Titanium model. Ford planned for the new Edge to showcase the best of the Blue Oval's technology, and it doesn't disappoint. 

Along with now-expected safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and collision-warning systems, there are advanced driving aids including one that enables the Edge to park itself in parallel and perpendicular spots. The Edge is just as noteworthy for its smaller details, such as a 180-degree front camera system that includes its own washing device to clean the lens. 

Fresh powerplants

There's also significant news in the form of what's under the hood. The 2015 Edge's standard engine is now a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, with the previous base equipment naturally aspirated 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 now an option. And though the 2.0's displacement may sound familiar to that of the outgoing Edge, this one has been thoroughly renewed. Its 30 mpg/highway fuel economy rating is the same as the outgoing model, but this little twin-scroll turbo engine now makes 245-horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque -- and increase of 5 figures in each category. More significantly, it's now available with all-wheel drive and is rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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Bigger news comes in the form of a brand-new engine for the Edge: a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 exclusive to the Edge Sport model. First seen in the ambitious new 2015 Ford F-150, this 315-horsepower powerplant is more proof of how automakers are doing more with less.

We recently test-drove the 2015 Ford Edge at its media preview in Scottsdale, Arizona. We found both new engines well-matched for the purposes at hand. The 2.0-liter provides outsized performance and promises a good blend of power and efficiency. On the other end of the Edge spectrum, the Sport model and its most-powerful engine to date packed a punch. Along with effortless acceleration, the new V6 offers a satisfying growl. Neither engine seemed to suffer the dreaded turbo lag; both played well with Ford's 6-speed automatic transmission. Edge drivers will also appreciate the improved sound insulation and suspension tuning that makes for pleasant highway cruising.

Get the full scoop on the 2015 Ford Edge

With this 2nd-gen Edge, Ford has made a compelling crossover that is further proof of the trickle-down effect of luxury amenities and top-notch safety features. We've got additional driving impressions, plus all the other pertinent info such as pricing, features, specs and more. Check out our full review of the 2015 Ford Edge to see it all.

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