A Much Better Version Of An Already Good Product
When the first-gen Edge was launched in 2006, this product was a milestone for by-then deeply troubled blue oval company, that was going to survive a bankruptcy. The Edge was the first shot of a product assault that made Ford so strong and competitive as we know today.
With stronger-than-ever demand witth SUV’s and crossovers in North America, it is no surprise that the second-gen Edge is still a strong pillar of Ford’s product portfolio today. And we as Canadians have reason to be proud with this vehicle, which is built in Oakville, theOntario.
The Edge shares the same platform with the popular Fusion and is bigger than the previous model. It also comes with two new Ecoboost engines – a 2.0-litre available in all regular trims and a 2.7-litre as the only engine for the $48,067 Sport trim – and a naturally-aspirated 3.5L V6 holdover that was moving our test vehicle.
A Bold Statement in Design: Inside and Out
I believe that Ford had a very good understanding of how important design in today’s vehicles is. The Edge is beautiful inside and out, with high-quality workmanship in every corner. Some small details remain on the wish list, like a better location for the USB port.
Inside The Cabin
The cabin is very attractive and the sport seats are very comfortable also for a senior citizen north of 85. A four-hour drive to Ottawa from Toronto was enjoyable, without any complaints. Very-well executed cabin with brushed aluminum highlights around the instruments, air vents and console creates some competition with the luxury cousin Lincoln. The panoramic sunroof opens at the front is impressive, but is only available as part of a $2,000 package with navigation.
Some people still call Ford’s infotainment system a “work in progress”. But I can tell you that the improvement in the new model is palpable. Also the voice activation system is now better than even some premium brands.
A Daily Visit To The Nation’s Capital
The Edge was our roadmate for a special visit to Ottawa. Together with Mr. Vahe Bedrossian, a Korean War veteran who fought at the Turkish Army was invited for the Turkish Armed Forces Reception. And I was more than happy to drive this nice gentleman to the Embassy of Turkey in Ottawa. Including return trip, I drove nearly 1000 kilometers and Ford’s crossover proved itself as a very comfortable and powerful long-range vehicle.The Ambassador of Turkey Mr. Selcuk Unal greeted us at the entrance of the beautiful residence in Parkcliffe Road and was glad to help Mr. Bedrossian to boad the car, when we were leaving. We also had the privilege of parking the Edge, within the limited space in the residence garden.
The new Edge is considerably better in every aspect than the previous generation, which is a good thing. And with so many options, which are included in or test vehicle, Ford Edge feels a premium brand and comes “dangerously close to Lincoln, Ford’s “only” luxury brand in my humble opinion.
Type of vehicle: Mid-size Crossover
Engine: 3.5 liter, V6-cylinder DOHC, Naturally aspirated, 280 HP, 250 lb-ft
Transmission: 6-speed, automatic
Price (base/as tested): CAD 41,199 / 50.989
Destination charge: CAD 1,690
Natural Resources Canada fuel economy (L/100 km): city; 9.7 highway;7.6 as-tested; 10.6
Optional features: Equipment Group 302A: 3,800
(Blind spot monitoring, remote start, heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, lane departure warning, enhanced park assist, rain sensing wipers, inflatable safety belts.)
Automatic Overdrive Transmission and, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost Engine: 500
Canadian Touring Package with Navigation and Panoramic Roof: 2,000
All-weather, Rubber floor Mats: 150
Class-II Trailer Towing Package): 500
rubber Floor Mats: 150
Total Options: 8.100
Destination & Delivery: 1,690
Total Price as Tested: 50,989
Article: Varol McKars
Pictures: Varol McKars, Burak McKars
Test vehicle was provided by Ford Canada (via BHG Media Fleet)
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