2009 Ford Edge Sport AWD

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

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