“The early-production 2015 Edge we rented from Ford had surprising punch, with quick acceleration and swift throttle response, thanks to the turbocharged 245-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine. The six-speed automatic transmission was quite seamless. Ford also offers a 3.5-liter V6; the 2.7-liter turbo V6 is reserved for the Sport version. Direct, responsive steering and tight body control give the Edge an agile, light-on-its feet demeanor. The firm-yet-supple suspension delivered a remarkably good ride, soaking up even the bumps on our winter-ravaged roads.” -- Consumer Reports
Ford Edge: Retooled and improved all around
“The 2015 Edge's interior takes a significant leap forward. Soft-touch materials replace hard plastics on many surfaces. In fact, the dash, doors and center console are all soft to the touch from hip level and up. That means that just about every surface the driver interacts with has a quality feel. The exception is the center stack, which is hard plastic and features a series of round plastic buttons. It's an unexpected bit of cost-cutting that's out of character with the rest of the Edge's cabin.
The optional MyFord Touch interface carries over largely unchanged from the 2014 model. It features a large center screen on the dash and a pair of screens in the instrument cluster. The system is controlled by touch, two sets of small buttons on the steering wheel, or by voice commands. The system is certainly better than it used to be, though it still suffers from some small virtual buttons and mediocre response times.” -- Edmunds.com
“Ford has reworked the suspension and chassis of the 2015 Edge for improved handling and a smoother drive with a fully independent rear suspension. The crossover now rides on the same platform as the Fusion midsize sedan. Sport grade models have a more aggressive setup with anti-roll bars, and stiffer springs and dampers. NHTSA gives the 2015 Ford Edge a five-star overall safety rating (out of a possible five stars), a one-star improvement over the 2014 model.” -- Motor Trend
“A six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is tasked with managing power, regardless of engine choice. Fitted with paddle shifters for the first time, as well as a new Sport mode when in full auto, the new gearbox is at least a bit more modern, even if it's only got six cogs. Upshifts are smooth, although you won't confuse the speed with a dual-clutch auto. Snaking through the hills outside Scottsdale, Ariz., it's easy to see that this transmission is geared for fuel economy above all. The 6AT is hesitant to downshift, forcing you to really dig into the throttle to demand a gear change, although when it does move down a gear, it does so with quick action. Still, the transmission truly desires to keep you revving low in a high gear, which will leave you flatfooted on steeper inclines.
“The manual mode, which requires nothing but a tug of a paddle to activate, mitigates some of these bad behaviors, holding gears as needed. Again, these are the kind of driving conditions we don't expect most customers to encounter -- frequent five and six-percent grades aren't too common on America's freeways, after all.” -- AutoBlog
“We tried both the perpendicular and the parallel park assist functions outside our host hotel. The new perpendicular system can back your car into a perpendicular spot, with the driver only taking control of the brakes. The Edge will back up a little, pull forward to straighten, back up again, and so on until you’re in the spot. If cars are waiting for you, prepare for some honks, and possibly a middle finger or two. The same goes for the parallel system: It’ll get you in there, even a super tight space, but it takes several minutes to do it properly. Just go practice parking with some cardboard boxes and save yourself a lifetime of backing up, beeping, straightening out, beeping, backing up, etc.
In contrast, we absolutely think the front 180-degree view system could become a mandatory feature. It has three cameras, one in the middle of the front bumper and two on the sides, which allow drivers to see around corners. This works when pulling forward out of a perpendicular spot, pulling up to a blind intersection or when your view is blocked by mountains of melting snow. Ford jokingly put two baby strollers with teddy bears on the street to drive the point home.” -- AutoWeek
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