Edge at first may seem top-heavy, but it’s not. Sitting atop a unibody frame, you experience a strong, smooth, and quiet ride. It was a great highway cruiser and soaked up a few bumps with ease.
The EcoBoost likewise was composed. When pressed, it responded, giving the Edge what was needed without matching the power inferred by the rear dual exhaust. A shift button alongside the gear selector provides more interaction, if desired. Steering was direct without overly compensating. In fact, this Edge surprised with sprite handling, maneuverability, and visibility.
This SUV/CUV is perfect for errand hopping and won’t let you languish during a long haul. It’s that comfortable and convenient. Edge’s luster wanes, however, with its price sticker, which comes in at just under $40k.
If you need seven seats, and want to stay with the Blue Oval, check out the trusty Explorer. If economy at the dealer and pump is a factor, the new Escape may well meet your need for spirited performance, creature comforts, and cost savings. As for this particular SUV, given the number of midsize competitors in the category, it’s the buyer who has the edge.
Gerry Miles is a freelance automotive writer and past-president of the New England Motor Press Association.You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.