With a spacious and well-trimmed interior, carlike road manners, and a generous features content, the 2017 Ford Edge is a strong choice for a five-seat midsize crossover SUV. Other strengths include a plethora of high tech and luxury features, a powerful Sport model, an efficient base engine, and a sophisticated ride quality. Its released should be expected sometime in the early beginning of 2017.
For 2017, the Edge is available in an array of eye-catching colors, including the Electric Spice, shown in one of the spy photos here. Well, with a name that perfectly substantiates what it actually is, the new model neatly balances between segments.
For example, it offers more space than a conventional small crossover would, without the necessarily being a third-row juggernaut such as the likes of Ford Flex and Ford Explorer. This is one crossover that is hard to match in any one specific area, and Ford hopes to leverage heavily on this to propel it to the top of its segment rankings.
Surprisingly, the Edge, despite its generous cargo and passenger room and its midsize footprint, still manages to feel maneuverable and tidy on the road. This may partly be attributed to the recent redesign Ford did on the Edge that encompassed several improvements on its suspension and body structure. The result was a small crossover SUV that has sedan road-manners even with a weight that exceeds two tons.
Its interior is covered with premium materials, at least for most of the surfaces. In fact, its center console, dash, and doors are all soft to touch. The only exception here is the hard-plastic adorned center stack. Otherwise, just about every surface the driver is commonly interacting with has a quality finish and feel.
The upgraded infotainment system has been upgraded and offers faster response times and a simplified user interface than the outgoing system with was rather polarizing and slower to respond. Idiosyncrasies do exist, however, that keep Ford from being the decisive victor in this hotly contested segment. They include an underwhelming performance especially from the base model, and sluggish downshift for the automatic transmission system.
Available Trims – Ford Edge
Four trims – SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport – are offered for the midsize five-seat 2017 Ford Edge SUV. The 2017 Ford Edge Hybrid review is offered separately.
Exterior Changes & 2017 Ford Edge Interior Review
Accessories and features offered for the Edge SE rim model include a 4.2” infotainment display, a rear folding and reclining 60/40-split seatbacks, dual exhaust tips, automatic headlights, 18” alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver seat, a telescopic-and-tilt steering wheel, Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, active grille shutters, an acoustic windshield, a six-speaker sound system, cruise control, auxiliary audio input, keyless ignition and entry, a CD player, smartphone app integration, Ford’s Sync system, and voice recognition.
The Edge SEL further adds a rearview auto-dimming mirror, heated exterior mirror, satellite radio, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, exterior keyless entry pad, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, an adjustable passenger seat, an eight-way driver adjustable seat, and automatic dual-zone climate control.
The Edge Titanium trim model gets ambient interior lighting, LED taillight bar, 19” wheels, HD radio, a Sony 12-speaker audio system, an eight-way front adjustable passenger seat, noise-reducing front windows, a hands-free tailgate, and driver memory settings.
Finally, the Edge Sport model comes with an aggressive rhombus-shaped exhaust outlets and a lower fascia that help the model a standout from the rest of the trims. It offers inflatable rear seatbelts, a panoramic sunroof, roof rails, 21” wheels, forward collision warning system, variable-ratio steering, and the automated parallel/perpendicular parking system.
Various options will also be offered for the individual trim models, but we will have to wait at least some few months ahead of its release date to get the exhaustive specs.
2017 Ford Edge Engine Specs
Inspiration for the 2017 Ford Edge is derived from several engine options offered under the hood of the SUV. Standard across except for the Edge Sport is the 2.0L four-cylinder mill rated at 245 hp and 275 lbs. ft. of torque. Zipping from 0-60 mph with the AWD version only needs 8.3 seconds.
A 3.5L V6 is offered for both the Edge SEL and Titanium models, and is able to crank out 280 horsepower and 250 pounds-ft. of torque. EPA says this mill should be expected to return about 26/18/21 mpg on the highway/city/combined for the FWD versions, and 25/17/20 mpg for the AWD models.
Finally, the Edge Sport is offered with an exclusive 2.7L turbocharged engine beneath its hood. A stonking output of about 315 horsepower and 350 pounds-ft. of torque should be expected to be churned out by the mill.
2017 Ford Edge Release Date & Price
The Edge MSRP should be expected at around $28,700, and about $40,900 for the Edge Sport 4dr SUV. It is expected the SUV will probably go for sale in early 2017.