2009 Ford Edge Sport AWD

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

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