Ford New Car Reviews

2012 Ford Edge

Model Strengths:

Attractive, aggressive styling; interior comfort; available technology; three exciting engine choices

Model Overview

Four trim levels are offered for 2012-SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The SE is front-wheel drive, while all other models are offered in either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. SE and SEL models are powered by a turbocharged 3.5L V6 engine that produces 285 hp. The Limited features a 285-hp 3.5L V6, which utilizes Ford's twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to allow for greater power and increased fuel efficiency over previous 3.5L engines. And the Edge Sport will derive its motive power from the same 3.7L V6 found in the Mustang, another Ti-VCT unit that produces an impressive 305 hp and 280 ft-lb of torque. Both V6s will be paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission and the Sport will get the SelectShift paddle system to allow precise control for the driver. A brand-new 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine is available on all but the Sport models. It utilizes direct injection and turbocharging to make 240 horsepower and 270 lb-feet of torque, all while achieving 24 combined mpg. Inside, the Edge has comfortable seating for five and 32 cubic feet of cargo room with the rear seats up, more than double that with them folded. Available features include a power liftgate and a Vista Roof that combines a sliding sunroof with a large glass panel over the rear seats. Standard in Limited and Sport and available in SE and SEL is the new MyFord Touch, which utilizes a combination of 8-inch LCD touchscreen and voice command to control audio and climate systems; the system replaces many traditional knobs and dials and allows drivers quicker, easier access to common devices. MyFord pioneers the use of iTunes tagging, which "captures" a song being played and stores it in memory for later purchase from iTunes. Included in the MyFord interface are two USB ports, three RCA jacks, and a digital media card dock that also accepts a mobile broadband card. Also available on the 2012 Edge is Ford's Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support. The system detects a potential crash and warns the driver, reduces vehicle speed, and pre-charges the brakes for a quicker stop. The Edge also offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, which warns of cars in adjacent lanes and of approaching vehicles when backing out of parking spots. Finally, for teenaged drivers, MyKey allows Edge owners to program set vehicle speeds and to encourage seatbelt usage with persistent beeping and reduced audio volume.

Model Changes

A new smaller-displacement engine option appears for 2012-a 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cylinder that makes 240 horsepower yet helps the Edge achieve 24 combined mpg. SYNC now comes on the SEL. A few new colors are available, including Bordeaux Reserve Red Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic and Earth Metallic.

Model Value

The Edge is now in its second generation, and Ford has upped the style and sophistication of its popular crossover. The result is an exciting alternative to competitors like the Nissan Murano, Chevrolet Traverse and Hyundai Tucson. With three great powerplants, athletic handling, loads of available technology and an MSRP starting at $27,640, the Edge provides real value in the crowded crossover segment.
* EPA mileage estimates and EPA fuel economy methods based on models beginning with the indicated model year. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before the indicated model year. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.