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2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD Review

A thorough redesign gives the CUV a sleeker look and improved tech

By: Amos Kwon

Web2Carz Editor-In-Chief

Published: November 9th, 2015

The Ford Edge has been a solid seller in the CUV segment since it was released in 2007. Though it's clearly not long -in-the-tooth when it comes to design (it was nicely refreshed in 2011), Ford saw fit to give the Edge a full second generation redesign that's a clean departure from the first generation car, while still carrying forward the Edge's overall ethos that made it appeal to so many buyers. With the new design, both inside and out, Ford likely hopes that it will expand their customer base for the CUV by giving it a sportier and more sophisticated appearance. In near top end trim, we drove the Titanium edition with the base 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine and put it through the ropes on some great fall drives in Chicago.

  • Exterior: Better but not as distinct

    Ford has reworked the Edge's sheetmetal to be far less blocky than the first generation car, and though that makes it less distinct in an ever-growing world of rakish crossovers, it's a welcomed change that makes the Edge look more upscale and more exciting than its predecessor. The now ubiquitous design feature where the headlights make contact with the grille sides (BMW seems to be first to have done it with their 3-Series) is well-executed here and gives the Edge more presence starting from the front fascia. Gone is the large unified fascia where the tall and overly chrome-y grille curves into the headlights, replaced by less chintzy trapezoidal headlight clusters and a Fusion-esque grille that's cleaner and more sophisticated. The body gets a more pronounced crease that extends from the front fender to the revamped taillights. The slender wraparound ones found on the new car appropriately replace the blocky ones that used to terminate at the tailgate opening.

    The overall look of the new Edge is racier, and it certainly looks more upscale than the outgoing car. But the result is that it doesn't stand out in the crowd as much, especially since the trend is now sleeker CUVs with stronger cut-lines, which can be attributed to the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, which wowed the public when it landed in 2011.

  • Interior: Just the right touches have been added

    The cabin of the Edge has been redesigned in an evolutionary, rather than revolutionary fashion -- more refinement and better trim quality means the Edge's cockpit matches the exterior. Center AC vents have been moved from the top of the MyFord Touch screen to the sides of it for a cleaner look that puts the screen more in the path of natural eye travel. Metallic-like trim is more present, outlining the vents and instrument binnacle, as well as the frames surrounding the door pulls, door speakers and door lock controls.

    The seats, though more sporty in appearance make you feel like you're sitting on the Edge and not in the vehicle. They're less cosseting than we would've liked, but owners who like riding high will be pleased. We just wish that the 2015s were upgraded with the praised upcoming Sync 3 system that should prove easier to use than the still antiquated and tough to use MyFord Touch system. The console buttons are too low and too small on the center console to easily be used by the driver.

    The vast array of amenities in the Edge Titanium are pretty much on par with a $40K+ car, but that doesn't mean it's still not impressive. The very pricey Equipment Group 302A package is a whopping $5,645, but you get navigation, blind-spot monitoring, remote start, auto-dimming side mirrors, a toasty heated steering wheel, heated/cooled front seats, heated rear seats, Ford's enhanced park assist (parallel and perpendicular, including departure), a panoramic glass roof, a 180-degree front camera, rain-sensing wipers and inflatable rear safety belts for the kiddos. It's clearly a fat list, but the likelihood that you'll use every one is doubtful. The parking system works quite well, but we couldn't get ourselves to use it more than a couple of times. Chalk it up to control issues on our part. We can see busy moms and dads and older folks taking advantage of this feature often.

  • The Driving Experience: Not sporty but comfortable in spades

    If it's long haul comfort you want, then the Edge Titanium is just what the doctor ordered. Front and second row passengers are treated to good seats and good visibility, despite the big D-pillars. Most importantly, the new Edge's ride is both butter smooth and library quiet -- better than its predecessor and nearly worthy of a large Lexus. at highway speeds, it's composed and keeps road noise to a minimum -- making longer drives less stressful in spite of its less than spectacular gas mileage. The 20/28 mpg estimates are based on high octane gas, so you won't see those real life numbers.

    The Edge Titanium doesn't provide anything remotely exhilarating in the driving experience since the steering feel and response are more on the bus-like side than something like a Mazda CX-5, but it also weighs a lot more than the racy Japanese CUV. If it's a sporty-esque Edge you want, upgrade to the V6 powered Edge Sport, which also gets aided by a firmer suspension setup and more aggressive gear changes. Most buyers of the Edge aren't in the search for something taut with flat body roll, anyway, and they'll be pleased to find that the Titanium version provides luxe and comfort in spades. The Ecoboost engine is a solid choice for lower trim levels, but for the price of a Titanium edition, you're better off spending the extra money for the V6 -- especially since mileage gains for the Ecoboost aren't spectacular. Plus, the V6's throttle response is better. The option of AWD , however, is hugely appealing, especially for those of us slammed by snow on a regular basis.

  • Final Impressions: Ford does the Edge up right

    In the quest for a solid design language, Ford has made the Edge fit in nicely with its siblings, namely the Fusion, the Taurus and the Escape. It's a change that works well for the new Edge's body and interior -- taking it to a new level of class that nearly $45K should command. Though the Edge doesn't do any one thing especially well, it does a number of them more than respectably and warrants attention from shoppers who need decent space, a higher riding position, great amenities and technology and a handsome aesthetic that should look good for the next several years.

  • Specifications & Price

    Engine: 2.0-liter inline-four Ecoboost

    Transmission: Six-speed automatic with paddle shifters

    Drivetrain Layout: Front-engine, all-wheel drive

    Power Output: 245 horsepower / 275 lb-ft

    Fuel Economy (mpg): 20 city / 28 highway

    Base Price: $39,700

    As Tested: $37,595 (not incl. $895 destination)

    Options on our test car:

    Equipment Group 302A: voice-activated navigation system, blind spot monitoring, remote start, auto-dim driver exterior mirrors, heated steering wheel, heated/cooled front seats, lane departure warning, enhanced park assist, panoramic vista roof, 180-degree front camera, rain sensing wipers, 2nd row inflatable safety belts,

    Individual Options:HID headlights

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