2016 Ford Edge Rating Breakdown
2016 ford edge
EPA est City/Hwy
20/28
Starting at
$30,695
Engine
EcoBoost 2.0L
Power
245 hp

Starting at

$30,695

Engine

EcoBoost 2.0L

Power

245 hp

City/Hwy

20/28

Seats

5


The Car Connection Expert Review
Bengt Halvorson

Bengt Halvorson

Deputy Editor

DISLIKES
  • No third-row seat
  • Flat seat cushions
  • Real-world mpg concerns
ford edge 2016

The 2016 Ford Edge carries its edge from the inside, in its combination of nicely coordinated soft-touch materials and fine details.

From the inside, the 2016 Ford Edge changed dramatically, becoming a far warmer, more welcoming place than it had been in previous-generation form. Although on the outside, you might not see it as having changed quite as much; it has a somewhat different form from some angles, yet from others it's a mild evolution.

Regardless, it has a continuation and evolution of the design direction set with the outgoing Edge: That amounts to a rakish front end with a very bold grille, and a side profile framed by sloped, prominent pillars. But don’t take that to mean that the Edge hasn’t seen a full rethink. Every inch of its sheet metal has been reshaped, and every detail redone. Much of the work focused around cues that designer Kevin George calls “classic Edge features,” like the crossbars in the grille, the belt line crease, and the upkick of the thick rear pillar; yet new side-body sculpting helps make the design a little bit lighter and more agile in appearance.

And there are plenty of new details in this second-generation Edge that make it a little more visually interesting. The grille loses the full-on chrome onslaught and instead goes with a more understated look—framed with thinner pieces of brightwork—that frames a trapezoidal grille.

Wrap-around taillights, combined with the still-prominent rear pillar (at a time when some are blacking them out), add up to a look that’s rather sport-wagon-like; and new lower-body details in the air dams and lighting add to that impression. Taillights themselves now follow a different design entirely, as they now wrap around the rear edges and have running lamps that continue straight across in back—showing off the advantages of LED arrays.

Inside, the Edge's refresh this past year felt particularly dramatic—likely because the Edge’s previous generation predated the automaker’s focus on interiors. It gets the same warm and upscale yet formal aesthetic that's been given to most of Ford's lineup by now.

In the Edge, there's a somewhat higher-set, chunkier version of the interior that’s elevated the Fusion sedans above most of their rivals in terms of design, detail, and touch. And thankfully, from a functionality standpoint, the Edge replaces a lot of the irksome items from its last mid-cycle refresh with real buttons. There’s a big round knob that clearly and precisely affects sound-system volume; climate controls are clearly marked; and you can control the heated and cooled front seats in the Titanium with physical buttons.

You'll find soft-touch material nearly everywhere. Controls are simplified, with nice matte-black facing for the center console, and the Edge gets a version of the configurable gauge cluster—navigated through steering-wheel toggles—seen elsewhere in the Ford lineup. About the only thing we’d want different are more lighter-tone choices—and perhaps to banish the piano-black material that still appears in door pulls and cupholders, just where it would collect greasy fingerprints. Like a lot of today’s Ford models, it feels quite austere and German...at a time when German automakers are brightening up their cabins.

The 2016 Ford Edge carries its edge from the inside, in its combination of nicely coordinated soft-touch materials and fine details.

No matter which engine you choose for the 2016 Edge, you'll get precise steering and great handling on par with premium-brand German crossovers.

Each of the three powertrains offered in the 2016 Ford Edge are quite different; they each match up with the new look and feel of the Edge quite well, and they're each offered with a choice between front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, except the turbocharged 2.7-liter four, which is all-wheel drive only. Yet they each appeal to a quite different kind of buyer.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 has been reworked and given twin-scroll turbocharging technology, and it's now the standard engine. Output now stands at 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, and this engine is even good for towing 3,500 pounds.

Drivability has been improved somewhat and turbo lag reduced, and in a first drive opportunity we found this model to be plenty perky for most driving needs. It's very smooth, and there's no need for frequent downshifts. But note that Ford has given specs for this base-model engine with premium fuel; while torque doesn't change running this engine on regular-grade 87-octane gasoline its power output does drop—to around 220 hp, which will have some impact on passing performance (we'll update you as soon as we can experience that).

The middle engine in the lineup is a 280-hp, 3.5-liter V-6. A non-turbo V-6 made up about 85 percent of Edge sales up to last year, so it's a sort of assurance plan for the new lineup, in case some shoppers won’t spring for the turbo engines. We haven't experienced this engine yet in the latest Edge but expect it to be a solid performer in all respects, a little shorter on low-end torque than some engines in its class but strong on passing power.

On the Edge Sport, you upgrade to the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6; it's still a relatively new engine in the Ford lineup, yet one that's also being installed in the F-150 truck lineup, so it's engineered for some tough conditions. It replaces the 3.7-liter V-6 as the more performance-oriented powertrain, and puts out 315 hp and 350 lb-ft.

We like the smooth, somewhat muted character of this top-performance engine, although on hard acceleration it burbles in an off-cadence purr that reminds us of a five-cylinder. Although it isn't as strong at the lower revs as the 3.5-liter EcoBoost that’s available in the three-row Ford Flex (among many other models), it’s punchier in the middle. The Flex is deceptively fast (and quick) with this engine, as it lacks a dramatic high-rpm power peak.

Across this model line, engines are mated to a six-speed automatic; while it's two or three gears short of what's offered elsewhere in the industry now, it performs very well as such, with quick, crisp downshifts, plus full control via steering-wheel paddle-shifters when you pull the shift lever back to the "S" step (you can click them for a temporary downshift in the normal "D" mode.)

The steering doesn’t have multi-mode settings; there’s just one calibration—except for Titanium and Edge Sport models, which get adaptive steering for 2016, which we haven't yet tested—and they got it right. Edge Sport models have a noticeably heftier on-center feel and a little more weighting off-center. And brakes felt a little touchy at first but do provide strong, reassuring stopping power.

The new Edge has a stiffer body structure than that of its predecessor, and so Ford has been able to spend more time getting the suspension tuning exactly where they’d like it to be, and with a new multi-link rear suspension geometry, the Edge has great body control and a precise feel on the road, without making ride quality overly hard or harsh. Overall it's quite sedan-like in how it precisely steers and tracks without fuss; there’s much more of an impression of the road and the forces as they build compared to the previous version—and compared to most other mid-size crossovers you might compare the Edge to.

No matter which engine you choose for the 2016 Edge, you'll get precise steering and great handling on par with premium-brand German crossovers.

The cabin is quiet and refined, with lots of versatility, yet seating comfort could use more attention.

While the Ford Edge changed in countless ways this past years, packaging was not an area of such change. The Edge keeps its two-row, five-passenger layout, although it added about four inches of additional length, an extra inch of height, and nearly an inch of additional wheelbase—all of which nudges up the available space for passengers and cargo, just a bit.

We can see this vehicle appealing especially well to empty-nester types, as it offers a nice, high seating position that's easy to get into and out of, back-seat space that's more than ample, and there’s a lot of cargo space on tap when you fold the rear seatbacks forward.

The positioning of the seating is great, yet it’s the cushioning and proportioning of those perches that doesn’t quite deliver on what the upper Titanium and Sport trims promise—which is a premium ambiance. The lower cushions of the front seats are a bit short and skimpy for thigh support, and short in general for this kind of vehicle. In the Edge Sport, you get sport seats with perforated suede inserts, and while you get a little more lateral support the contouring isn't all that much better.

The rear bench is rather flat and hard, and also could have used a little more attention to the needs of long road trips and adult-size passengers. We like how the backrest is rake-adjustable, but if its outboard positions were more contoured and cushioned—like those in the Nissan Murano, for instance—it would feel like a more premium space in back. And beware that the Titanium model's Vista Roof, wonderful as it is, will leave you a few inches shorter on headroom for those outboard back-seat positions.

In the absence of clever cargo-stowage tricks, the Edge feels very much like a vehicle designed more for people than gear. Seat folding is very easy, though, and there’s now 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seatbacks folded or 39.2 cubic feet with the seats up in place—seven cubes more than before, thanks to some better packaging with the wheel wells.

There’ll be no complaints about a lack of places to put smaller items in the Edge, either. There are storage spaces seemingly everywhere. Just around the front seats, that includes a shallow but large latched bin atop the dash, a huge center console, a bin just ahead of the shifter, deeply carved-out door pockets, and a drawer ahead of the driver’s left knee.

If you steered away from the last-generation Edge for its rather barren interior feel, you should definitely return again for another look, as this model has gone from a one of the least detail-oriented to one of the most so. Anywhere you touch, or sit next to, is both soft-touch and nicely detailed.

Ride quality for the Edge lineup, in general, is rather firm but quiet and well-isolated. Sport models verge on stiff, with their monotube dampers and firmer tune, so we’d recommend that if you’re considering the Sport and live near potholes and choppy surfaces that you take a long test drive and decide for yourself.

Sport models include active noise cancellation technology, and it makes these models feel quieter inside—especially on coarser surfaces—than the rest of the lineup. All models, though, get a long list of new noise-abating measures, including better sealing, more insulation, wheel well liners, acoustic underbody panels, and acoustic glass—plus additional acoustic front side glass in the Titanium. The soft-touch materials throughout the interior likely help, too.

The cabin is quiet and refined, with lots of versatility, yet seating comfort could use more attention.

The 2016 Ford Edge offers a lot of active-safety wizardry, and some reassuring crash-test results.

The 2016 Ford Edge delivers exactly the kind of occupant protection and active-safety technology that you'd expect in a vehicle that's designed to be good as a day-to-day family wagon as much as a weekend touring vehicle for four adults.

All said, it offers a lot of safety technology, as well as some handling and stability technologies that should help keep you away from trouble. And it backs that up with top crash-test ratings.

With last year's redesign the Edge is now built on an all-new structure, somewhat based on the Ford Fusion sedan. And it earns top "Good" results in (moderate overlap) frontal and side impact tests from the IIHS, as well as five-star overall results from the federal government.

The only weak point thus far is an "Acceptable" rating from the IIHS in the tougher small overlap frontal test. And the Edge lacks full autonomous emergency braking, which disqualifies it for the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ tier.

Ford has made an effort to really step up active-safety features in the Edge. Lane keep assist is an available feature that will pitch in and apply steering force to help keep you in your lane. It works quite well, thanks to a multi-mode intervention setting; and it can easily be shut off, allowing you so stick with warnings only, which are communicated via a steering-wheel vibration. You do have to keep your hands on the wheel, however.

All 2016 Edge models, even the base SE, include a rearview camera system; but even on the high-level Sport and Titanium, those desirable active-safety features are optional. That includes, in top trims, a 180-degree front camera system with washer, a rearview camera system, adaptive cruise control, a blind-spot monitoring system with cross-traffic alert, collision warning with brake support, and the lane-keeping system.

The Edge includes an active glove box knee airbag, which cushions the front passenger’s knees in an impact, as well as inflatable rear safety belts, which help reduce crash forces and reduce head, neck, and chest injuries. Our only beef with it is that those inflatable belts are optional.

The 2016 Ford Edge offers a lot of active-safety wizardry, and some reassuring crash-test results.


NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

2016 Ford Edge Models

Overall Rating

5/5

Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: (5/5)
Overall Side Crash Rating: (5/5)
Overall Side Barrier Rating: Not Rated
NHTSA Roll-over Resistance Rating: (4/5)



Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Ratings

2016 Ford Edge Models

Side Impact Test Good
Roof Strength Test Good
Rear Crash Protection/Head Restraint Good
IIHS Small Overlap Front Test Results Acceptable
IIHS Moderate Overlap Front Test Results Good

The arrival of improved Sync 3 infotainment should add appeal—but Edge models with the top features come at a significant price premium.

The 2016 Ford Edge manages to credibly span the range from affordable family wagon to premium crossover in a way that the previous-generation Edge did not—and in a way that few, if any, other mainstream-brand rivals do.

If you load up a 2016 Edge, pricing for the top Titanium model edges well past $45,000, and the Edge Sport gets even higher. That’s entering the range of carefully equipped versions of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and Lexus RX. And while we haven’t yet seen the base SE or the SEL, we tend to think that with their price point, they offer the best value in the market—against models like the Honda CR-V or Chevrolet Equinox.

Overall, the Ford Edge comes in SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport models.

Base Edge SE models include all the features that are expected today in a mid-size, mainstream vehicle, like full power accessories, air conditioning, cruise control, painted alloy wheels, and the Sync connectivity system. They also include an overhead console, tilt/telescopic steering adjustment, and all the storage cubbies and bins of the other models.

SEL models step up to dual-zone climate control, upgraded cloth seats, reverse sensors, heated mirrors with LED turn-signal indicators, bright exhaust tips, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with additional toggles, and exterior body-color details.

The Titanium effectively replaces the Limited as the top trim in the lineup, as Ford has done for most of its other models; it’s Ford’s attempt to recast its top model in more of a tech-centric (rather than traditional-luxury) light. Meanwhile the Sport is the only model in the lineup to include the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6, as well as a host of other performance-oriented upgrades—as well as the blacked-out look.

Titanium models add a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD Radio, as well as a hands-free tailgate system, while you can opt for a heated steering wheel, panoramic Vista Roof, 180-degree front camera with washer, remote start, rain-sensing wipers, second-row inflatable seatbelts, heated rear seats, HID headlamps, and a clever Active Park Assist feature that will steer the car into the space (even perpendicular spots) when you manage the accelerator and brake. And adaptive cruise control with collision warning is a separate standalone option.

Sport models receive the company's all-new sport adaptive steering, included all-wheel drive and styling cues to set it apart from other trims.

This year, Ford is subbing in a new Sync 3 infotainment system for much of the model lineup; with a true capacitive screen interface, streamlined menu system, and easier upgrades, we're anticipating that this will be a big step forward—especially in fully realizing the interior design of this new crossover.

The arrival of improved Sync 3 infotainment should add appeal—but Edge models with the top features come at a significant price premium.

Ford's EcoBoost engine technology is easier to get in this new-generation Edge; although don't think that means much higher mileage.

Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged engine technology went from being a minor player in the lineup to being at the heart of the Edge package this past year. Although those gains due to the smaller turbo engines might not be as great as you would expect, it's worth keeping in mind that the Edge does deliver the sort of mileage ratings that were typical, just a few years ago, in lower, less-versatile mid-size sedans.

The 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 engine is the base engine on the Edge for 2016, and it packs a long list of improvements made last year, such as a new twin-scroll turbocharger and a redesigned cylinder head. This engine earns 21 mpg city, 30 highway, 24 combined in front-wheel-drive form, or 20/28/23 mpg with all-wheel drive, according to the EPA.

That engine is the standard/base engine in the Edge, although you can pay a small amount extra to get the previous base engine, the 3.5-liter V-6, which now carries 18/26/21 mpg in all-wheel drive, or 18/26/21 mpg in front drive.

The 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 is at the top of the engine lineup, making much more torque (and bringing stronger acceleration) than the previous top V-6; although with EPA numbers of 17/24/20 mpg with AWD. Ford only offers the 2.7-liter V-6 on Sport models paired exclusively with all-wheel drive.

Engine stop-start will be available on the 2.0-liter turbo-4 model, and although the EPA numbers stay the same as such, it's bound to save some fuel in real-world commute conditions—especially low-speed stop-and-go driving.

We still haven't had a lengthy driving experience with any of the 2015 or 2016 Ford Edge models beyond a couple of first-drive opportunities, but we'll update this section with our real-world observations as soon as we do.

Keep in mind that the all-wheel-drive system in the Edge is configured (its driveshaft to the rear is spinning all the time, and the system adds some significant weight), so models with AWD see their mpg numbers drop by up to 2 mpg combined versus front-wheel drive.

Ford's EcoBoost engine technology is easier to get in this new-generation Edge; although don't think that means much higher mileage.


Fuel Economy Information

Ratings Based on 4 cyl, 2.0 L, 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

23

Combined

4.3 gals/100 miles

20

City


28

Highway