I haven't driven a Ford Edge in a long time--so long, in fact, that I forgot just how nice a vehicle it is. One quick glance at our test unit and you can't help but notice the optional 22-inch chrome wheels, which are a $1,000 option.
I was thoroughly impressed by the Edge, as was my dad, a retired Chrysler engineer who hadn't been in a Ford product in nearly ten years. This example's all-wheel-drive system gives the driver a good feel of the road, and power from the 3.5L V-6 is sufficient for the vehicle's size, allowing the Edge to get up to speed without hesitation. Inside the cabin at night, you can play with the color-adjustable ambient lighting, which shines on your feet both in the front and back seats. It also displays a cool ring effect in the cup holder as well.
My only complaint is that the brakes feel soft. More than once I had to use a lot of brake pedal in order to stop in a hurry, which made my commute home a little, dare I say, edgy?
Mike Ofiara, Road Test Coordinator
Wow, the wheels on this Edge look humongous - who'd have thought that "22-inch wheels" and "Ford Edge" would ever be uttered in the same sentence? Having said that, they look quite nice and, surprisingly, didn't seem to make the ride overly harsh, as large tires often do (20-inch tires are standard on the Edge Sport, the 22-inchers are a $1000 add-on. I'm not sure I'd want to live with them on a daily basis, however. The Sport kind of lives up to its name - visually, at least - by looking, well, "sportier" than the regular Edge, owing mostly to the large wheels but also to the fact that, rather than the dark lower finish on the Edge, the Sport is body-colored all around, including under the doors and the lower part of the front fascia. As in the regular Edge, the engine is powerful enough but not exactly scintillating, and it is mated to a modern six-speed automatic. All in all, the Edge Sport is a pleasant crossover vehicle, but at a base price exceeding $36,000, it's starting to encroach on the luxury crossover territory that is presently occupied in the Ford fleet by its Lincoln MKX sibling.
Amy Skogstrom, Managing Editor
The Edge Sport's huge 22-inch wheels look cool, but I think the SUV looks less "sporty" and more "lifted hoopty." Unlike your typical big-rimmed hoopty, though, the Edge's ride is surprisingly comfortable, as my colleagues have also noted.
I do like the Edge Sport's special blacked-out head- and taillamps. Someday, vintage Ford Edge owners might even seek out the Sport's lamps to customize their less flashy ride. I doubt that collectors will want anything to do with the somewhat tacky "SPORT" graphics on the HVAC surround, though.
The Sport model's handling is improved over that of more pedestrian Edges, but I'm not sure that I'd be willing to pay up to $8000 over the basic--but still recommendable--Edge, even though this model does get standard leather seats with Alcantara inserts.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
This Edge Sport certainly looks sharp, but is it sporty? Hardly. The 3.5-liter V-6 is left untouched, and there's no way for spirited drivers to personally select one of the six gears within the automatic transmission. The brake pedal feels as firm as a moist sponge, which doesn't inspire much confidence when trying to stop those gigantic 22-inch wheels.
I thought our last Edge - a $31,855 front-wheel-drive SEL model - offered a better mix of content and cost than this model. I'd opt for one of those, and like Rusty Blackwell suggested, look into ordering those smoked lenses and a few other Sport parts from my local Ford dealer.
Evan McCausland, Web Producer
This V-6 engine is a little too raspy and unrefined for a $37,000 vehicle. It delivers the goods, but it's definitely lacking that last degree of creamy refinement that you'd get in a Honda or Toyota V-6. Overall, though, the powertrain performs well, and the engine works well with the standard six-speed automatic transmission.
Yeah, I noticed the 22-inch wheels, as well; how could you not? They're probably not a bad way to spend an extra thousand bucks. Not that anyone probably needs to spend anywhere near sticker price for an Edge these days; if you have good credit and/or cash to spend, you can probably walk out of a Ford dealership with a well-equipped Edge for about $30K. For that kind of money, this is a very attractive five-passenger crossover.
Joe DeMatio, Executive Editor
This Edge Sport is a handsome vehicle. I'm not usually a fan of chrome wheels, especially on SUVs, but these 22-inchers actually look pretty good and are a nice accent to the shiny, three-bar grille and chrome-tipped tailpipes. The body-colored lower body cladding adds to the sporty look too without looking garish or too poseur-ish. Unfortunately, the sportiness is mostly just skin deep. As Mike mentioned, the brakes are mushy, and you really have to dig in deep before you get any reaction from them. The steering is a little lacking in feel, too, but body control is good and the ride is smooth and controlled over bumps and cracked pavement.
The wide rear hatch and electronically-controlled rear seats made it easy to load my lawn mower for its spring tune-up, despite the high load floor. They only lower electronically, though, so you have to put them up manually. I was surprised that there was no button on the key fob to pop the hatch remotely since this is pretty standard fare on most SUVs, especially those with a $37,000-plus price tag.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor
2009 Ford Edge Sport AWD
|Base price (with destination):||$36,380|
|Price as tested:||$37,765|
|22" Machine Polished Aluminum Wheels||$1,000|
|Fuel economy:||15 / 22 / 18 mpg (city/hwy/combined)|
|Horsepower:||265 hp @ 6,250 rpm|
|Torque:||250 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm|
|Wheels/Tires:||22-inch aluminum wheels|
|P265/40R22 BSW all-season tires|