Ford Edge Titanium AWD is One Sharp Ride

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We automotive journalists evaluate vehicles the same way a chef evaluates a knife. We want the styling, the handling, and even the minds that created the cars to be sharp. Dullness is noted, but not desired. Appropriately, the 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD is a midsize crossover with many edges of its own. Over the course of several days of driving it around Austin, Texas, I discovered which of them were more finely honed than others.

THE SHARP

Sport mode: Putting the six-speed SelectShift automatic into its sport setting livened up the otherwise docile and sleepy gearbox. I left it in that mode most of the time. However, the higher rpms at which sport mode made the transmission run on the highway hurt my fuel economy, which ended up being 17.1 mpg after 178.1 miles.

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Interior quiet and materials: I haven’t driven the 2016 Lincoln MKX yet, but I can imagine its cabin will be as nearly noiseless on the highway as my review vehicle’s interior was. The only thing more pleasing than the Edge’s lack of decibels was the softness of the leather on its door armrests and door panel inserts and the plastic on its upper door panels.

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Vista Roof: Whenever I was out at night, I made sure to push the button to slide back the fabric panel covering the panoramic Vista Roof. The ample view of the nighttime sky combined with the wonderful chill from the cooled seats made the miserable Texas heat of the day almost worth it. Almost.

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Rear seat legroom: It’s a shame I didn’t have the Edge longer. It would’ve been great for taking my friends and family out for some BBQ. They would’ve been comfortable in the back seat. I’m 5’10” and I had a surprising amount of legroom to spare when I sat behind the driver seat.

THE NOT-SO-SHARP

The center stack: I’m a little old-school in that I appreciate a good hard button in these days of touchscreens, but it needs to be large enough. Those for important functions, such as the hazard lights and the front camera system, were on the small side. The buttons for the temperature controls and fan speed shouldn’t have been buttons at all; a rotary dial for controlling each feature would’ve felt more familiar.

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Engine power: I was doubly glad the transmission had a sport mode to liven things up because, even with 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque, the Edge’s 3.5-liter V6 felt uninspired and made me feel the same way.

Ultimately, the 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD had more sharp edges than dull ones. It’ll be interesting to see if the same is true of its lux cousin, the MKX.

*My tester had a total price of $45,045, which included options such as Equipment Group 302A ($5,645), 20-inch wheels ($995), and the Class II trailer tow package ($435), as well as $945 in discounts and a destination and delivery charge of $895.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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