PHOENIX -- The second-generation Ford Edge comes with a new 2.0-liter engine, but it has the same highway and combined fuel economy ratings as the outgoing Edge with a 2.0-liter.
That's unusual for a redesign, as automakers typically try to add at least 1 or 2 mpg to make progress toward rising federal fuel economy standards.
But Ford Motor Co. took a different tack with the Edge, which already was the top-selling midsize crossover on the market and among the most fuel efficient. Ford instead focused on making the 2015 Edge more capable, comfortable and high-tech, saying its buyers want those improvements more than slightly better fuel economy.
The result is a slightly longer, taller, lighter vehicle that feels nimbler, can tow 3,500 pounds with its base four-cylinder engine and gains 5.5 cubic feet in the passenger compartment. It helps drivers see around blind corners and can park itself in a variety of situations.
In that context, "you're getting more capability but not losing the label" of 30 mpg in highway driving, said Louis Jamail, vehicle dynamics supervisor for the Edge, at a press event here. "We're always trying to improve fuel economy, but in this case, the customers told us they wanted the capability that it didn't have before."