The 2018 Ford Edge – Performance, Power, and Safety

March 5th, 2018 by

Introduction

The SUV lineup for many car companies has become crowded in recent years, but when it comes to Fords, the Edge differentiates itself from other models, like the Escape and Explorer, because of its smaller dimensions. The compact SUV is both spacious enough to be comfortable while full of people and storage and small enough to feel sleek and quick when driving.

There are many different models for potential Edge buyers. The base model has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets great gas mileage and is perfect for smaller families, while the Sport model boasts a fast-paced twin-turbo V-6 that’ll make anyone want to head to the racetrack. The Edge’s sleek looks and numerous options make it a great buy for many different groups of people.

When buying an SUV, you are often forced to choose between a cramped car and a humongous minivan-like behemoth, but that’s not the case with the Edge. The Edge is the perfect sweet spot for those looking for a midsize SUV that looks great, drives smoothly, feels comfortable, and uses fuel efficiently.

The Edge isn’t quite as small as the Escape, a compact crossover, and is wide enough that three adults can easily sit right next to each other without feeling like sardines in a can. Furthermore, the Edge offers three different engine models, ranging from a four-cylinder turbo that prides itself on fuel-efficiency to the aforementioned beast of a twin-turbo V6 that is found only in the Sport model. Furthermore, the car has many different options and multiple levels of trims to choose from, so you can get the exact car that you want. Advanced safety and entertainment options are available, so you can choose exactly which features you need.

Mechanically, the 2018 Edge is a carbon copy of the 2017 model, so we expect similar performance from last year.

Powertrain and Fuel Economy

For the 2018 Ford Edge, customers have a choice of three different engines. A six-speed automatic transmission comes standard on every model, but the Sport model features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can produce 245 horsepower and up to 275 pounds per foot of torque. While front-wheel drive (FWD) comes standard, customers can opt for all-wheel drive (AWD) for an extra fee. One big benefit to the front-wheel-drive, standard model is an automatic stop-start function that will help you save fuel, adding more dollar to your bottom line.

The standard Ford Edge 2.0T with FWD gives drivers an average of 24 miles per gallon (30 highway/20 city), but drivers who opt into the AWD option will see just slightly less of a return with a combined 23 miles per gallon (28 highway/20 city).

During testing, the AWD Edge 2.0T achieved a speed of 60 mph in 8.3 seconds, which is faster than the Kia Sorento 2.0T AWD model.

Buyers looking to purchase one of the higher trim levels, the SEL and Titanium models, have the option of a non-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine, which creates 280 hp and 250 pounds per foot of torque. Fuel economy for the 2018 model is the same as the 2016 version, which tested at a rate of 21 mpg combined (26 highway/18 city) with FWD and 20 mpg combined (24 highway/17 city) for the AWD version.

Features exclusive to the Sport are a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that cranks out a whopping 315 hp and a hefty 350 pounds per foot of torque. Fuel economy for the AWD Sport is almost identical to the non-turbocharged V6. Drivers can anticipate a combined 20 mpg (24 highway/17 city).

Tow packages are available for all trim levels, except for the Sport model. This limits the Sport’s 2.7-liter V6 engine to only being able to tow a load of 2,000 pounds, but the 2.0-liter and 3.5-liter can handle a load up to 3,500 pounds when equipped with a tow package.

What It’s Like to Drive the 2018 Ford Edge

The Edge’s powertrain is versatile enough to suit anyone’s driving style. The braking performance is more than ample and the handling is quite sporty and smooth.

From behind the wheel, the Ford Edge feels almost like cruising in a lifted sedan. The body is a little leaner than most other crossovers and the steering is very responsive, making going in and out of turns a breeze. We were also very impressed with the Edge’s suspension, which easily absorbed the impact of even large bumps. Also, the cabin is incredibly quiet. Even at higher speeds, road noise and winds were almost undetectable. The Edge feels very high-end, giving even luxury brand shoppers many reasons to take a test drive.

Looking for power? Then the turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 is your best option, bringing a serious boost of power when your foot engages the accelerator. And if you feel like showing off, the rev of the V6 sounds awesome, too.

For all of you speed demons out there, give your attention to the 315-hp Edge Sport. We found it absolutely takes off, achieving 0 to 60 mph in around 5.6 seconds. That is an entire two seconds faster than the Titanium model. And it’s not just quick off the starting line; the 315-hp Sport is undeniably fast. The standard turbocharged 2.0-liter engine uses Ford’s EcoBoost technology with the twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 Edge Sport.

Braking

The brake pedal feels firm, solid and dependable and performs very well. One nice feature for those commuting in the city is the Edge’s progressive initial braking, which keeps the ride incredibly smooth, even when traffic is stop-and-go.

2018 Ford Edge Trim Levels

The 2018 Ford Edge is the venerable mid-sized SUV that we saw last year with four trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport.

For 2018, even the “basic” SE model isn’t all that basic as it has many features found only on the higher trim level in other makes. At the higher trim levels, there is no shortage of goodies that will thrill even the most particular SUV enthusiast.

Power, Drive Train, and Wheels

There are three engine choices. The SE, SEL and Titanium models come equipped with a standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produces 245 HP. A 3.5-liter six-cylinder V6 is optional for the SEL and Titanium that ups the power to 280 HP.

The Sport model really comes through for those that “need more power” with a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that puts out a whopping 315 HP that can get things moving from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Front-wheel drive comes standard on the SE, SEL, and Titanium with all-wheel drive as an option. All-wheel drive is standard for the Sport model and a 6-speed automatic transmission is standard across the board. The SE and SEL come with 18-inch alloy wheels and the Titanium bumps that up to 19 inches. Not to be outdone, the Sport comes in with 20-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.

Trim Level Features

The SE has an impressive array of features for a “standard model” including 60/40-split folding seats, air-conditioning, automatic headlights, LED taillights, remote locking/unlocking, 4.2-inch central display screen, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, shift paddles, rearview camera, acoustic windshield, rear privacy glass, height-adjust driver seat, dual exhaust accents, cruise control, USB/auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth phone connectivity, CD player and a 6-speaker sound system. Ford’s Sync System is also included that adds voice recognition, 911 Assist, and app capabilities such as Spotify or Pandora.

The SEL ups the ante with LED headlight accents, two-zone automatic climate control, an exterior keyless entry pad, rear parking sensors, heated exterior mirrors with puddle lamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, , better cloth upholstery, an 8-way power-adjusting driver seat, power lumbar adjustment, a 6-way power-adjusting passenger seat, satellite radio and a leather steering wheel.

The Titanium tacks on an LED taillight bar, ambient interior lighting, a hands-free liftgate, upgraded interior trim, noise-reducing front windows, front sport seats, an 8-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, lumbar adjustment, driver-seat memory settings, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, and HD radio. The Sport adds unique front and rear styling, variable-ratio steering, specialized suspension, a power-adjustable steering wheel, sport-themed interior trim and perforated leather and simulated-suede upholstery.

Any way you look at it, Ford has put together a package in the 2018 Ford Edge that should entice anyone from Kansas, whether they’re from Prairie Village, Lawrence, Leawood, or Olathe. At Zeck Ford, we have the full range of 2018 Fords for sale, including the 2018 Edge. We invite you to take a test drive in the latest Ford Edge for sale in Leavenworth, and our staff is on hand to answer any of your queries regarding the new model.

Of course, we also have a range of used Ford Edges for sale in Leavenworth so you can get almost all of the features of the 2018 Ford Edge at a healthy discount. Browse our used car inventory today to discover your next vehicle. We think that the Ford Edge puts up a strong argument for SUV of the year.

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