5 Things We Learned Driving the 2015 Ford Edge Sport
In addition to dominating the pickup truck world and selling some pretty bad ass sports cars, Ford has a fast growing utility division.
One of their latest utility offerings, the Ford Edge, was redesigned for 2015 and we recently had an opportunity to drive it during a launch event in Arizona.
The Sport version is the one that most interested me, because it uses basically the same 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that comes in the 2015 Ford F-150. Here are five things that I learned while driving the newest Ford Edge.
1. It’s Fast
The Edge Sport has the 2.7L EcoBoost V6, and in this application makes 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.
If you’re looking to overtake someone on the expressway, all it takes is dipping into the throttle a bit and the Edge accelerates briskly.
Peak torque comes in at 2,750 RPM. The power band is nice and meaty, and you can feel it while driving.
2. It’s Sporty
The Edge Sport doesn’t fall under Ford’s new performance umbrella, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t put thought into the driving dynamics.
The new suspension on the Edge Sport features a MacPherson strut setup in the front, and a multi-link setup in the rear.
Combined with other improvements, the car has 20% better roll damping and stiffness from the previous version.
The all-wheel drive system is an intelligent Ford design that can send up to 100% of available torque to either the front or rear depending on conditions.
3. It Has Technology and Stuff
The Edge has all of the latest technology that is in Ford’s portfolio, including an advanced parking assist system that will parallel and perpendicular park for you.
A 180 degree camera system helps with pulling out of tight parking spaces and seeing cross traffic at intersections. An included camera wash system makes sure the driver can always see what’s going on.
In addition, the usual stuff is there; forward collision warning with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance, blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, and a revised MyFord Touch setup that includes a bunch of real buttons.
4. It Drives Like a Modern Ford
If you spend a lot of time in different vehicles, you start to notice characteristics about different brands and how they drive. A few seconds behind the wheel of a modern Ford feels like you’re driving a modern Ford. That’s meant as a complement, because most modern Fords drive really well.
The Edge is no different. Steering felt good, body roll was kept to a minimum, and the Edge Sport was overall enjoyable to drive.
The 6-speed automatic transmission is a fine unit, but I do wish Ford would move up to an 8-speed unit. A couple extra gear ratios could help with overall fuel economy, which is rated under EPA testing at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, or 20 mpg combined. Launch events aren’t the best “real world” fuel economy situations, but I saw around 20 mpg for the drive.
5. Pricing Hasn’t Changed Much
The Edge SE starts at $28,995 including delivery. That’s the same starting price as the 2014 version, but comes with the new twin-scroll 2.0L EcoBoost as standard.
The Sport starts at $38,995 including delivery, which is a $500 increase over the 2014. For your extra coin, you’re getting the 2.7L EcoBoost (only available on the Sport), and better standard equipment.
Initial impressions of the 2015 Ford Edge are positive, and if you’re in the market for a nice sized crossover with good performance, the Edge is worth a drive. We’ll know more when we get it in for review later this year.
The new Edge should be in dealerships shortly.
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