After driving thousands and thousands of new cars, sometimes it is hard to get really excited about one unless it is something really fast or exotic. So imagine my surprise when after just a few minutes of driving the 2015 Ford Edge, I found myself (this is hard to type) giddy. Yes, giddy. I have recommended the Edge since it came out in 2007 as a great SUV, but as much because it is an outstanding value. My expectation was the 2015 would be a warmed over 2014. Boy, was I wrong.
Ford started the 2015 Edge with a clean sheet of paper. They were smart not to stray too far away from what made this one of the best selling SUVs in America. To their credit, Ford spoke with current Edge owners to see what they would change. That is a great way to find out what is going to be successful.
The first thing that hit me was how much bigger the new Edge looked. After looking at the specs, it is 4” longer, an inch taller and an inch wider. It made a huge difference in the interior room, in both back seat room and cargo area volume.
My tester, courtesy of Five Star Ford in Carrollton, TX, is the Titanium model, the next to the most expensive model. You can go down to an SE or SEL, or move up to the Sport. The Titanium comes with an impressive list of standard features, which I will outline later in this review.
The Edge I have has the 3.5-liter V6 that is putting out 280-horses with no assistance from a turbocharger like you find in the EcoBoost engine family. The base engine in Edge is the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, but the third option, which I really wanted to test, is the 315-horse 2.7-liter EcoBoost. I had this engine in the 2015 F150 not long ago and loved it. If I wanted a new Edge, I think that would be my choice, it’s a beast. All three-engine choices are hooked to a 6-speed automatic. You can get all-wheel drive but my review vehicle was front wheel drive. The Sport version is only available in all-wheel drive.
Ford put a new suspension system under its 2015 Edge and the end result was a better ride, and more handling rigidity. Edge doesn’t give you a tight suspension where you feel every bump in the road, but you get no body roll in turns. I thought the old Edge was a little soft, while the new suspension is exceptional.
The craftsmanship of the new Edge was impactful. Had I not known it was a Ford, I would have thought I was getting into a Lexus or an Audi, it is that good. Every piece you touch is soft, there is a huge absence of plastic, and a new, wider, center console with an open pass-through near the bottom is spectacular and easy to reach. Cubbyholes abound, as do cup holders, and a huge glove box.
I would be remiss not to mention the interior quietness of this vehicle. This may well be the quietest SUV I have ever driven. When they tested the 2015 Edge, they had made it so airtight that it was difficult to shut the doors. They had to go back and add a couple of vents to push the air out and allow the doors to shut solidly.
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Then there is the technology story of this new 5-passenger SUV. With no offense intended, it is hard to get used to the fact this is a Ford. There is a 180-degree camera for the front, and in case it gets dirty, there is a pop out washer for it. I have been in other cars that parallel park themselves, but the Edge unparks itself too, and most cool is the fact that it will perpendicular park itself. Yes, drive along in a parking lot, the Edge scans spaces on the right for room, then it tells you to stop. Shift to reverse, take your hands off the wheel and just work the gas and brake, you’ll be perfectly backed in.
Edge has blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, inflating rear seats in the case of an accident, and if you stray from your lane, the steering wheel vibrates. Driving early to my radio studio one morning, a message popped up, that essentially said, “HEY, you seem tired, consider pulling over”. This is when I found myself talking to a car for the first time. For some reason, I replied, “I am not! Mind your own business!” I still don’t know why it thought that.
Moving on to other cool features, wave your foot under the rear bumper and the power lift gate opens, it has remote start, push button start, keyless entry, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seat. Two buttons in the rear cargo area put the second row seats down, voice activated navigation system, rain sensitive windshield wipers, panoramic sunroof, 20” aluminum wheels, and a heated steering wheel.
Notable standard features include the hands-free lift gate, a rear spoiler, front and rear LED lights, HID headlights, hill start assist, capless fuel filler, reverse sensing system, Sony stereo, universal garage door opener, leather seating, ambient lighting, dual exhaust with chrome tips, paddle shifters, and the Sync system-which incidentally worked flawlessly. You also get a host of safety and security features.
Another change for 2015 is the color monitor that used to be mostly touchscreen is now much simpler to operate. There is virtually very little to touch on the screen itself, touching the screen for everything has been replaced by large, easy to read buttons for the things you use most like the climate control and radio. The whole operation of the vehicle is much easier to operate.
Ford did an outstanding job with this vehicle. It will tow 3500-pounds with the trailer towing package, and I am getting slightly better than the stated mileage. Price wise, it is right in line with lesser-equipped competitors, and you won’t hear this often, if anything Ford underpriced this one, it is a bargain at MSRP considering what you get.
What I liked most: The technology, the looks, the quietness, and the interior.
What I would change: Not a thing.
MSRP: Base price $35,600. As equipped $43,710.
Fuel Economy: 18 City/26 highway/21 combined.
Odometer reading when tested: 24 miles.
Weight: 3912 Pounds.
Length-Width-Height: 188.1” long/85.8” wide/68.6” High.
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.3 gallons.
Towing Capacity: 3500 pounds with trailer towing package.
2015 Ford Edge in a few words: Most improved SUV for 2015, bar none.
Warranty: 3-year/36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper, 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty with roadside assistance.
Car Pro Rating: EASY 5 out of 5 Stars.
Manufacturer’s website: Ford
Jerry Reynolds, The Car Pro
Photo Credit: Ford