2009 Ford Edge Sport AWD

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

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