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2013 Ford Edge Pros, Cons, Prices
And How To Get The Best
(Related: "How To Buy A New Ford Edge At The Lowest Price")
The new Ford Edge represents an appealing middle ground for those seeking SUV functionality but who also value maneuverability and decent gas mileage over three-row accommodations. The Edge offers an attractive and well-equipped cabin as well.
Before going into more detail and pricing below, the Edge's overall positives would include its quiet cabin and comfortable ride, a long list of features, confident handling and impressive optional EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. On the downside, its overall negatives would include its borderline five-passenger capacity, nonuser-friendly MyFord Touch system, a somewhat slow to respond transmission and a harsher ride quality in the Sport model.
Quiet Cabin and Comfortable Ride:
Front seating in the Edge is comfortable and supportive, even on long trips, while the reclining rear seats are shaped well and offer adequate headroom and satisfactory legroom. The cabin is also super quiet due to abundant sound insulation, while the well-tuned suspension provides a very composed and pleasant driving experience.
Long List of Features:
Even the base SE model is well-equipped with standard features such as full power accessories, cruise control, air-conditioning, a power driver seat, a tire pressure monitor, 17-inch alloy wheels, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, antilock disc brakes, traction control, stability control, front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, reclining rear seats, a trip computer and a 6-speaker audio system with a CD player and an auxiliary audio jack.
Moving up to higher trims adds features such as 8-way power front seats, leather upholstery, dual zone climate controls, heated mirrors, 18-inch chrome wheels and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio. In addition, the Driver Entry package adds remote start, keyless entry/ignition, adaptive cruise control, a power liftgate, xenon headlamps and a collision warning system. Other available options include uplevel features such as voice-activated navigation, a rear entertainment system with dual headrest screens and a panoramic sunroof.
Confident and Capable Handling:
The Edge's powertrain offers capable and solid-feeling handling that seems more 'European' in nature, while still remaining smooth and quiet. It really doesn't feel like the typical SUV around corners or maneuvering in parking lots. The Sport model in particular, with its higher powered V6 engine, sport-tuned suspension and 22-inch wheels, is the most agile and athletic (also see its downside below).
Optional Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine:
An optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder (the EcoBoost) is available on all models except the Sport and pumps out a healthy 240 horsepower and 270 lb-ft of torque. Like the other engines, it's mated with a 6-speed automatic transmission but is offered only with front-wheel drive versions.
This engine not only generates more torque than the base V6, but also gets better gas mileage while doing so. Models with this engine are EPA-rated at 21 mpg city and 30 mpg on the highway, while the base V6 comes in at 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway and the larger V6 at 19 and 26, respectively. Buyers should bear in mind, however, that the EcoBoost gas savings could take an average of about four years to pay for the added cost of the motor.
There is no third-row option on the Edge, so there is a sacrifice for larger families attracted to its better maneuverability and fuel economy. And while the overall cabin space is generally adequate and comfortable with ample legroom, it does have some drawbacks. The rear middle seat's hard seatback makes for rough accommodations on longer trips. In addition, headroom becomes more of an issue on those models equipped with the optional dual-pane "Vista Roof".
Optional MyFord Touch System:
The MyFord Touch system is still not particularly user-friendly at this time. It's an interface with three display screens that allows input of commands for various audio, phone and navigation functions using voice controls, touch controls or steering-wheel buttons. While it's theoretically a great feature, it can be a bit cumbersome to learn and easy to press the wrong buttons, making it possibly necessary to take your eyes off the road to get it right.
Slow Shifting Transmission:
The 6-speed automatic transmission has been tuned for driving comfort and fuel economy. While these are popular attributes, it can also produce slow downshifting at some speeds.
Harsher Ride in the Sport Model:
Prospective buyer's should also note a potential problem due to the Sport's very large 22-inch wheels which produce a harsher ride that could be unacceptable to some. That said, most drivers who prefer the Sport's other more athletic qualities usually don't mind the more rugged feel of its drive.
Get the lowest price?
Well, there's definitely a 'best way' when it comes to new car buying. If you want to get the best, bottomline, out-the-door-price you need to know exactly who to talk to at the dealership, how to make the contact and how to make this person eager to drop prices as low as possible to get your sale.
Not only is this doable, but it's also very easy ... much easier than most car buyers imagine and done right from the comfort and safety of your own home or office. Here's the details on exactly how to get the best price on a new Ford Edge.
Good luck and all the best,