2017 Ford Edge Sport: Does it Edge Out the Competition?
When the Ford Edge debuted in 2007, it was a fresh new take on the SUV. Prior to the Edge, you had to either choose a tiny Ford Escape or the truck-based Explorer. Filling that gap perfectly, the Edge gave you extra room with car-like handling. Over the years, it’s gotten more and more refined – and our test vehicle, a 2017 Sport AWD model with the 2.7-Liter Ecoboost V6, is packed with features. Even though the platform was all new from the ground-up in 2015, it still hangs onto a bit of a dated feel. Are the features and excellent engine enough to still make it worth a look?
First, let’s talk about the engine. The Twin Turbo Ecoboost is torquey, powerful and even sounds fantastic. Returning 17-City and 24-Highway MPG, there’s efficiency to go along with the power as well. For even better mileage, you can select the 2.0-Liter Ecoboost 4-cylinder. But we love this V6, it makes the Edge really fun to drive. The 315hp and 350lb-ft of torque do a great job pulling the heavy AWD platform around, so for us it’s worth the fuel expense. If you do opt for the 2.0-liter, you can expect around a 5-MPG bump.
Inside, there’s a lot to like about the Edge. The seats are covered with high-quality leather, and there is accenting stitching throughout. The material choices are great, leading to a solid and very European feel. Features abound on our test car, with the excellent Sync 3 infotainment system, Navigation, Radar cruise with collision alert, heated and cooled seats, heated rear seat and a nice toasty heated steering wheel. Connectivity and charging your device are a snap as well.
When you get an SUV like this, you’re looking for space and convenience. There are tons of little pockets where you can put your stuff, and lots of room for five passengers. The benefit of a five-passenger layout rather than cramming in seven is that the cargo hatch has an impressive amount of space.
The ‘Sport’ moniker on our test model wasn’t just for show, there’s tighter suspension and sporty 21-inch wheels to help the handling. Unfortunately, as good as the wheels look, they do add some ride harshness and will pump up the replacement tire price. For me it would be hard not to choose them for the looks, but if that doesn’t matter to you go ahead and skip them.
It’s hard to put a finger on why such a new vehicle feels dated, but I think it’s because they kept a little too much of the original edge design. In fact, when I first saw one a few years ago, I thought it was a facelift instead of a full redesign. Still, the addition of the new-style front grille and lights are a modernization that suits the body shape. Overall, it is a great-looking SUV. It might also be because the Ford Escape has grown up a bit, closing the size gap between the two. However, once you get inside the Edge, you see where all the extra space is. Score one for the exterior designers there, they’ve managed to make it look smaller than it really is.
So what’s the final verdict on the 2017 Ford Edge? We really like the driving experience and wide range of features, but feel that the price tag is a bit steep. Our test model is knocking on the door of $50k, which is a lot to spend on something like this. Thankfully, it’s nice enough inside and out to warrant a look, but it’s just not very innovative any more. Maybe a few less features would help it on the value scale, and then we’d be more apt to recommend it. For the engine alone, I’d say keep this on your list if you’re shopping for a midsize SUV.