2007 Ford Edge | new car review

Posted on Jun 19, 2009 by

It’s brash, bold, and totally American design distinguishes the in the red-hot crossover utility vehicle (CUV) market – along with a dynamic driving character and innovative features.

Equipped with an all-new 265-horsepower V6 engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, Edge promises to deliver performance, quietness and fuel efficiency.

The Edge’s visual promise of dynamic prowess begins with its bold front end; it’s distinctive three-bar chromed grille builds on the great look of the Ford Fusion. An aggressively raked windshield and fast-sloping back window with high-mounted rear spoiler accentuate the feeling of motion. Quad-beam headlamps and a “powerdome” hood accentuate the purposeful front-end look. Each wheel is planted at an extreme corner, giving this new CUV a powerful, yet graceful stance.

The modern design flows into the interior, evident in the instrument panel and distinctive centre stack which uses a removable divider and tray to organize the space both vertically and horizontally for everything from laptop computers and handbags to coins and MP3 players. An optional concealed plug means that the Edge has four power points, three within the driver’s reach, along with a segment-first MP3 audio jack. Small slots molded into the side of the console keep phone and MP3 cords neat and organized. The console lid has a ticket clip, two pen holders and a tissue holder.

All-leather seating surfaces feature contrasting stitching inspired by the fashion industry. Edge comfortably seats five persons, offering available six-way power, heated, adjustable front seats and superb adult headroom and legroom for the second row. An available folding front-passenger seat creates an extended load floor in conjunction with the 60/40 reclining split second row.

Edge’s optional panoramic Vista Roof™ opens up a whole world of possibilities. The large glass moon roof provides a grand view of the sky above and can open at one touch for a sense of freedom that accentuates Edge’s sporting nature.

Displacing 3.5-litres, Edge’s all-new V6 engine features a strong, lightweight, die-cast aluminium block and lightweight 4-valve-per-cylinder heads for smooth operation at high rpm. The new 6-speed auto box distributes power to all four wheels; the Edge using Ford’s intelligent all-wheel-drive (AWD) system which has been tuned with an emphasis on performance while offering confident all-weather driving. An active on-demand coupler can deliver the precise amount of torque to the rear wheels. Paired with available AdvanceTrac® traction control, intelligent AWD can transfer torque front-to-rear and side-to-side.

The all-new 6-speed automatic transmission uses a wide 6.04:1 gear ratio to deliver good fuel economy and performance. Short first and second gears provide impressive launch and acceleration, while the tall overdrive gears deliver 7 per cent better fuel economy than a 4-speed automatic.

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