First Look: 2011 Ford Edge
As enthusiasts, we were disappointed in the original Ford Edge's behavior on twisting roads. Crossovers aren't meant to be tossed around like sports cars, but we still expected more composure than Ford dialed in. For 2011, Ford made the 18-inch and 20-inch wheels half an inch wider, which is supposed to enhance steering feel. To further improve handling (to say nothing of handling the larger rolling stock), Ford also adjusted the dampers, springs, and stabilizer bars across the line. An upgraded brake system includes larger rear rotors, different friction materials, different brake booster gain, and a revised pedal ratio. Ford says these revisions should provide a stiffer pedal feel, which is a most welcome improvement.
Those who want the sportiest crossover Ford builds will once again look to the Edge Sport. For 2011, the model receives a 3.7-liter V-6, similar to the engine used in the 2011 Mustang. The slight increase in displacement yields 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, but doesn't demand premium fuel. The Edge Sport shares its six-speed automatic with the standard Edge models, but receives steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, and programming that won't force a shift in manual mode -- even if the driver hits the V-6's redline.
Sport models also feature unique 22-inch alloys wheels with tuxedo black accents, smoked headlights and taillights, unique body color front and rear lower fascias, body color side skirts, and oval chrome exhaust tips. Inside, the Edge Sport gains lots of liquid silver smoke accents, aluminum pedals, and paddle shifters.