Sometimes a name says it all. In its "bold moves" manner, Ford searched it's "e" dictionary and chose "Edge" as the identity of its new, five seater, mid-size crossover vehicle -- a must player in the auto maker's lineup. Not a bad choice for a vehicle that looks nimble, sleek and trendy in the upscale manner of emerging crossover contenders. A bit edgy, but not over the edge.
Beyond looks, this is strikingly dissimilar from other Ford offerings meant for non-auto intenders. Parked next to an Escape, Ford's smallest sport utility, it shows its larger size overall that includes ample storage and a distinctly crossover-style design freedom (although Escape gets a major 2008 makeover). Dual exhausts and a shallow, high rear spoiler give a sporty kick. An aggressive stance, low hanging front and rear fascias and European mount center-front antenna are dominant in profile.
Inside, a centered nav system in brushed metal surround above the console-mounted shifter anchors a well-laid out dash. Simple round gauges behind a spacious steering wheel gap keep them easily visible while driving. Complaints of interior trim compromises (meaning plastic to keep the price down), presumably could be adjusted in the future. But depending on model, there are plenty of amenities to go around, from dual temp controls and power-fold, reclining rear seats, to MP3, SIRIUS satellite radio, puddle lamps, reverse sensing and a large, two-panel "Vista Roof" for viewing spacious skies on the road.
Ford answered power needs with its next gen 3.5-liter, 265-HP Duratec V6, the same powerplant that propels its cousin, upmarket Lincoln MDX also debuting as an '07. The engine mates with a fuel-saving six-speed automatic Ford just spent two years developing, with low- and high-end sporty punch. Safety features include advanced stability control with anti-roll, antilock braking and a full side air canopy with rollover sensor.
Edge comes in the SE, SEL and SEL Plus models in front or all-wheel-drive, with best fuel ratings of 18/25. Base model pricing starts at $25,995 but can grow with options.
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