For 2011, the Ford Edge gets an unusually thorough refresh that sees significant changes to the exterior, interior, powertrain, and chassis. Our SEL was equipped with a 3.5-liter V-6, just like last year's model, but power is up 20 hp and 3 lb-ft of torque. It's difficult to detect that kind of power change, but I did quickly pick up on the revised steering effort, which, for a crossover, is quite satisfying. There's excellent on-center response and a natural effort buildup that's atypical in this segment.
Ford's crossover-dense lineup probably has consumers wondering which vehicle they belong in. The Edge would make a great vehicle for those with high-school-age kids who have moved beyond carpooling duty but like the rear-seat space for family trips. Many buyers might compare the upcoming Ford Explorer with the new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, because of those vehicles' long history. However, the Edge, more so than the Explorer, is the closer competitor in terms of packaging and size. Of course, the Jeep makes a far different claim with regards to off-road capability, while the Edge very much lives up to its billing as a crossover with carlike comfort. The ride is excellent, the cabin is nicely finished, and the seats are supportive.
Eric Tingwall, Associate Editor