By Matt Degen
KBB Expert Rating: 7.8
The 2017 Ford Edge is a solid choice for those wanting a well-rounded midsize-crossover SUV but who don't need a third row of seats. This 2-row configuration and the Edge's squat dimensions grant ample room for passengers and cargo. The Edge is tailored for a compliant, sedan-like ride rather than the rugged ways of a Jeep Grand Cherokee or Subaru Outback. Starting at nearly $30,000, the 2017 Edge's premium nature is reflected in a price that is higher than a 2-row Kia Sorento, and similar to the aggressively styled Nissan Murano. By contrast, the Ford's design is conservative yet handsome. The Edge offers a robust suite of safety and tech features, and a trio of engines ranging from an efficient 4-cylinder to a twin-turbo V6.
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Only minor changes are in store for the 2017 Ford Edge, which was totally revamped just two years ago. This year's updates include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration for the optional Sync 3 infotainment system, new exterior colors, and a windshield wiper with de-icer included in the Cold Weather package.
The 2017 Ford Edge has an impressive balance of power, refinement and -- at least with the base engine -- efficiency. There's actually very little "base" about the standard engine,...
... a mighty 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that grunts out 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. Working with the Edge's standard 6-speed automatic transmission, this powertrain will more than satisfy most buyers. A naturally aspirated V6 is available, while those desiring serious punch can opt for Ford's 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 exclusive to the Edge Sport. That top model also has a sport-tuned suspension for better handling -- but with a stiffer ride compared with the rest of the Edge lineup, which is otherwise impressively comfortable and quiet. Note that the 2017 Edge with the 2.0-liter engine and front-wheel drive (FWD) has engine start/stop technology that cuts power at idle to save fuel. The system can be deactivated with the press of a button.
2.7-LITER ECOBOOST V6 ENGINE
This potent powerplant makes the Edge a real sleeper, not to mention the best-handling version available thanks to a stiffer suspension. The Sport Edge also comes standard with all-wheel drive, which offers better grip and negates the worry of torque steer under hard acceleration.
SYNC 3 INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM
Ford's touch-screen audio and information system improves with each year, and the latest version is the best yet. For 2017, Sync 3 gets a significant update for smartphone users: compatibility with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Sync 3 is standard on Titanium and Sport models, optional on the SEL.
The Ford Edge has a 2-row, 5-passenger layout that has generous space for both people and cargo. The Edge's large exterior and form-fitting seats yield impressive legroom for both front and rear passengers, with the rear seats offering a commendable 40.6 inches. Cargo capacity is 39.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up and 73.4 with them folded. The cabin has a fresh, premium design. Ford has moved away from adaptive-touch controls, equipping the Edge with hard buttons for audio and climate controls. As we mention above, the revamped Sync 3 is a vast improvement over the past MyFord Touch.
The Ford Edge has a wide, squat profile. That translates to a roomy interior, but beware this Ford's wide dimensions when pulling into a garage -- especially those with one bay. Ford Edge styling is conservative yet strong, starting with a large trapezoidal grille and ending with a sloped rear and wraparound lights that bring cohesion. Sport models stand apart with their piano-black grille treatment, unique headlights, body-color front and rear fascias, and body-color lower cladding. They can also be spotted from behind by their pair of trapezoidal exhaust housings instead of the circular bright tips of those on the other trims.
The 2017 Ford Edge comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. Spend the least on a base SE and you'll still get a high-tech turbocharged engine, keyless entry and push-button start, rearview camera, cloth seats with 6-way-manual driver's adjustment, and 18-inch wheels. Infotainment is brought to you by a basic Sync system with 6-speaker AM/FM/CD system with USB input and Bluetooth connectivity. If your budget can budge another $3,000, you're better off with an SEL model that adds power driver and passenger seats, reverse-parking aid, dual-zone climate control, EasyFold remote rear-seat release and satellite radio.
Options abound, running the gamut from pragmatic to the entertaining. Of the former, all-wheel drive can be had for better traction. Other features include navigation, a forward-facing camera to aid in parking, blind-spot monitoring, forward-collision and lane-keeping warning systems, and inflatable rear safety belts. A parking-assist system is also available. The high-end, leather-clad Titanium and Sport models offer Ford's adaptive steering system, which varies response based on speed, and the hands-free liftgate feature that you'll appreciate every time your hands are lugging groceries. Other amenities include heated/ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, panoramic roof and a rear-seat entertainment system.
You have a choice of three engines in the 2017 Ford Edge. Standard on SE, SEL and Titanium models is a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder. In addition to powering the standard front-wheel-drive (FWD) models, the small but potent powerplant is offered with all-wheel drive (AWD). Optional on SEL and Titanium models is a 3.5-liter V6. Top-line Sport models come with the most powerful engine, a 315-horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost turbocharged V6 with standard AWD. All models continue to use Ford's well-integrated 6-speed automatic transmission. All also have a Sport mode for quicker acceleration, and paddle shifters replace the former awkward manual-shift buttons. With the max-towing package, all models of the Edge except the Sport are rated to pull 3,500 pounds, with the Sport rated for 2,000 pounds.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (SE, SEL, Titanium)
245 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
275 lb-ft of torque @ 3,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 20/30 mpg (FWD), 21/30 mpg (FWD, with auto start/stop), 20/28 mpg (AWD)
3.5-liter V6 (SEL, Titanium)
280 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
250 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/26 mpg (FWD), 17/25 mpg (AWD)
2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 (Sport)
315 horsepower @ 4,750 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 2,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 mpg (AWD)
Note: Due to changes in EPA testing to more effectively reflect real-world conditions, some 2017 models show slightly lower fuel-economy scores than their 2016 versions.
The 2017 Ford Edge SE has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $30,000. The SEL starts around $32,700, the Titanium model bows around $36,500, and the top-line Sport starts near $41,300. Adding AWD to any variant -- except Sport where it’s standard -- costs around $1,500. Fully loaded, an Edge Sport can pass $47,000. At these prices, the Edge nearly mimics its closest competitor, the 2017 Nissan Murano. The Edge is also in line with the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a 6-cylinder Subaru Outback. A less expensive 5-passenger SUV is the Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, though it's available only in 4-cylinder form. A pricier alternative is the VW Touareg. Before buying, check the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others are paying for their new Edge. We expect the Edge to hold average resale value, lower than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and much lower than the Subaru Outback.