2015 Ford Edge Review – The Straight Forward SUV

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2015 Ford Edge

SUVs have evolved drastically in recent years. There are small, medium, full size, luxury, off-road and even sport SUVs. So, what is one to do when looking for a simple and straight forward SUV?

Yup, you guessed it, turn to Ford! I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD, and it didn’t take much time to realize just how at peace I felt with all of its controls, looks and performance. But don’t think for a second that simple translates into basic, because this $43,190 Titanium model is everything but

Performance

The 2.0 liter I4 EcoBoost engine in this particular Edge is smooth, and very efficient, as it yielded an impressive 23.9 mpg average, which is an excess of nine tenths of a mile over the advertised 23 mpg combined. Sure, the 245 horsepower it produces aren’t necessarily breathtaking, but paired to Ford’s 6 speed automatic transmission, the efficiency results speak for themselves.

On the road, the Edge handles better than one would expect from an SUV of this size; courtesy of its independent rear suspension, and McPherson struts in the front, which combined with great chassis balance allow the Edge to feel responsive and agile.

Although there wasn’t any significant snow fall during our time with the Edge, its Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system optimized grip under rainy and even icy conditions, and it should be noted that it was equipped with all-season and not winter tires.

2015 Ford Edge

Tech and Comfort

When it comes to tech, the trim-included Sony premium sound, and Sync with MyFord Touch offer an incredible sound and infotainment experience at no extra cost.

The $5,645 ‘Equipment Group 302A’ package on this Titanium trim, outfitted the Edge with all the useful and convenient features one could need on a daily basis, without overloading the driver with useless and hard to understand tech most of us would hardly use.

2015 Ford Edge

  • Voice enhanced navigation
  • Blind spot monitoring system
  • Remote start
  • Auto-dim driver side mirror
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Panoramic vista roof
  • Heated rear seats
  • Enhanced park assist
  • 180 degree front camera
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Inflatable rear seatbelts
  • Class D tow hitch

Remote start, heated seats and steering wheel came in extra-hand during frigid days, while the panoramic vista roof was simply a fan favorite due to its sheer size. Although not a comfort feature, the 39.2 cu. ft. of trunk space are more than plenty to haul everything a trip to the grocery store or Ikea could throw at you.

Safety

As mentioned above, this 2015 Ford Edge was equipped with Ford’s inflatable rear seatbelts, which according to Ford’s private testing, it’s said to reduce chest and neck injury in the case of a collision.

2015 Ford Edge

Although the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has yet to conduct specific testing on Ford’s inflatable restrains, the Edge has performed exceptionally on routine crash testing.

2015 Ford Edge

Overall

The Edge has lived in the shadows of its successful and great-looking sister—the Ford Explorer, which also happens to sells like hot cakes, yet, the Edge has remained true to its core and it plays well in its field.

If you need a comfortable, fuel-eficcient, capable, and good looking SUV, that excels at simply being a great everyday vehicle, then a Ford Edge will make an excellent companion to the F-150 already in your garage!

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

  • Starts at: $28,100
  • Price as tested: $43,190

Photos via: [@DrivesWGirls, NHTSA]

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