2012 Ford Edge

There are no radical changes to the 2012 Ford Edge.

But still, people found it compelling, especially the new features such as the MyFord Touch System, the vista roof glass panel and the real grownup interior.

Let’s take a look into what the new Ford Edge has to offer.

Specifications

General Info
Vehicle Type: Crossover Base Price: $27,770.00
Fuel Tank Capacity: 18 gallons (68 liters) MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Dimensions
Length: 184.2 in. (467.8 cm) Wheel Base: 111.2 in. (282.4 cm)
Height: 67 in. (170.1 cm) Width: 76 in. (193 cm)
Curb Weight: 4050 lbs (1837 kg) Ground Clearance: 7.9 in. (20 cm)
Luggage Capacity: 32.2 cu ft (2nd row) Maximum Seating: 5 people
Performance
Engine: 24 Valve DOHC V6 Displacement: 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 285 HP Max RPM: 6500 RPM
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm Transmission: 6-Speed Automatic
Max Towing Capacity: 3500 lbs* (1588 kgs) Maximum Speed: NA

*With Towing Package

Available Trims & Engine
Option:Edge SEL 3.5L V6 AWD MSRP: $31,080; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:Edge Limited 3.5L V6 AWD MSRP: $34,935; MPG: 19 city / 27 hwy
Option:Edge Sport 3.5L V6 AWD MSRP: $37,110; MPG: 19 city / 26 hwy

Engine

The 2012 Edge sports a V6 3.5 liter engine that delivers 285 horsepower and 270 lbs/ft of torque. It is paired with an automatic 6 speed transmission.

The Limited and SEL models are available in manual mode with the SelectShift Automatic feature. The Sport model has a V6 3.7 liter engine that delivers 305 horsepower, also paired with 6-speed SelectShift paddle shifter-equipped automatic transmission.

Ford brings another option which is the EcoBoost 4-cylinder 2.0 liter engine that delivers 240 horsepower and 270 lbs/ft of torque.

Performance

By the numbers, the EcoBoost is overshadowed by its more aspired bigger brother. But wait until you get to drive the Edge with the EcoBoost Turbo 2.0. This version delivers 17 lbs/ft of torque more than the 3.5L and it can be reached at 3,000 rpm.

The maximum torque for the 3.5L sibling cannot be achieved until 4,000 rpm. The EcoBoost version provides excellent straight line acceleration for a 2.0L. From a standstill, you can reach 60 mph in just a little under 7 seconds.

The EcoBoost has a fuel economy rating of 30 highway/ 21 city mpg and the 3.7L model at 17 city / 23 highway mpg. The base 3.5 V6 front wheel drive consumes a generous 27 highway/19 city mpg while its all-wheel drive counterpart has mpg 26 highway/19 city rating.

The Edge handles well for a crossover SUV except for the Sport model. The 22" wheels seemed too big that they decreased the SUV's maneuverability. Furthermore, it tends to transmit all the bumps of the road to the cabin.

Exterior

The changes in the overall exterior design are profound enough to tell car owners that the 2012 Edge is fresh and is different from last year's model. At first glance, the new Edge looks beefy, a good compliment for its muscle on the road.

Interior

The interior of the new Edge is attractive and classy. Its seats are roomy and comfortable. It has two sets of LATCH and the rear seats can be reclined or folded to increase backseat comfort and cargo space. The base models come with the standard cloth seats.

The Limited and the Sport models come with leather seats. Optionally, you can get the MyFord touch screen interface but if you are not interested with cutting edge technology, you may skip it.

Safety

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2012 Edge a score of 4 out of 5 stars. It has also earned the Top Safety Pick title from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The Edge comes with MyKey, a proprietary technology from Ford that limits car speed, audio volume and seatbelt alerts. It also has anti-lock brakes, hill start assist, roll stability control, traction control, and side and front curtain airbags.

Reliability

The Edge comes with a 3-year standard warranty and a 5-year powertrain warranty.

Competition

There are a handful of crossovers available in the market, they include the Honda Crosstour (MSRP $30,440; 18 city / 27 hwy), Nissan Murano (MSRP $29,960; 18 city / 24 hwy), and the Toyota Venza (MSRP $29,250; 19 city / 26 hwy). These, along with the Edge provide for interesting competition in the Crossover segment.

Pros

The new Edge has a classy interior, high-tech interface and a well working powertrain.

Cons

The reliability is not the best in the competition and the Sport model is quite sluggish.

Verdict

The new Edge is a good choice for car owners who want the power and the looks. The 2012 Ford Edge is a well designed vehicle that is worthy of your consideration.

Overall Rating
81 out of 100

What others say:

“Until this year, the Ford Edge has been available only with six-cylinder engines. For 2012, Ford's brought fewer cylinders to the party, but with turbocharging, the newest drivetrain's a solid option for those wanting 30-mpg highway ratings under the hood.”Car Connection

“Edge's steering is well weighted and accurate with no need for excessive correction, even with Sport's bigger tires. Body motion and cornering lean are well controlled for an SUV, but it never quite manages to feel sporty. Still, Edge's road manners are pleasant.”Consumer Guide

“If you're looking for the Goldilocks of CUVS, the 2012 Ford Edge is it. Not too stiff yet far from being a marshmallow, the Ford Edge's ride and handling strike the right balance between car and SUV.”KBB

“Quiet and comfortable cabin; abundant features; comfortable ride; composed handling; available "EcoBoost" four-cylinder engine. Difficult-to-use MyFord Touch system; transmission can be slow to respond.”Edmunds

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