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2014 Ford Edge: Used Car Review

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author photo by Ron Sessions December 2015

As part of Ford's extensive crossover/SUV lineup, which includes the 5-passenger compact Escape, the 6-passenger or 7-passenger almost-full-size Explorer and the truck-based 7-passenger or 8-passenger Expedition, the 2014 Ford Edge puts a stylish face on practicality.

The Edge can tow up to 3,500 pounds or tote 68.9 cu ft. of cargo with its rear seats folded. The 2014 models keep the wide-mouth 3-bar grille and wraparound headlamps that debuted in 2011. The 2014 Edge offers the latest, improved version of the SYNC infotainment system with MyFord Touch, which replaces traditional knobs and buttons and now includes SiriusXM, HD Radio, text-to-voice, iTunes tagging, Wi-Fi capability and a voice-activated navigation system. Sport versions offer a sinister-looking blacked-out grille and a more powerful V6 while riding on big, bold 22-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels.

In anticipation of the all-new 2015 Edge, Ford made no changes to the 2014 model other than add Sunset Metallic, Oxford White and Ingot Silver paint colors.

What We Like

SYNC voice-activated infotainment controls; impressive EcoBoost fuel economy; quiet cabin; perky V6 performance; bold look of Sport's 22-in wheels

What We Don't

MyFord Touch controls for audio and climate options; lack of cabin storage; stiff ride on Sport trim; mushy handling on back roads

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

A 3.5-liter V6 is the base engine in SE, SEL and Limited models. It uses regular unleaded fuel. The 3.5-liter V6 generates 285 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. It's teamed solely with a smooth-shifting 6-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with front-wheel drive, the V6 has an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rating of 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive versions are rated at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy.

The Edge Sport is equipped with a slightly larger 3.7-liter V6, producing 305 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. Its only transmission choice is a 6-speed automatic. With front-wheel drive, the Sport's 3.7-liter V6's EPA rating is 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy and drops to 17 mpg city/23 mpg hwy with all-wheel drive.

An EcoBoost 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine is optional only in front-wheel-drive SE, SEL and Limited models. It develops 240 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded gas. Its EPA rating is an impressive 21 mpg city/30 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Ford Edge is available in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport trims.

In the SE, standard equipment includes the 3.5-liter V6, automatic transmission, air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio and climate controls, remote keyless entry, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo, 17-in alloy wheels, stability and traction control, a rear-window washer/wiper, a split fold-down rear bench seat, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and power doors, windows and mirrors.

SEL models get automatic air conditioning, back-up parking sensors, a power driver's seat, 18-in alloy wheels, a sequential sport shifter, an auto-dimming inside mirror, auto-off headlamps and an outside temperature display. SEL options not available on SE include rain-sensing wipers, a rear camera, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, all-wheel drive, rear entertainment with headphones, leather seats, heated front seats, a power passenger's seat and 20-in alloy wheels.

Choosing Limited trim adds standard leather upholstery, a power passenger's seat, heated front seats, a memory driver's seat, a garage-door opener, MyFord Touch touchscreen controls for audio and climate control, electronic gauges, a 12-speaker premium audio system and a rear camera. Options include an optional power lift gate, distance cruise control and a security system.

Moving to Sport trim nets the more powerful 3.7-liter V6 from the Mustang and adds blackout exterior trim and 22-in alloy wheels.

Key safety options for 2014 include a blind spot monitoring system, cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control with collision warning and active braking.

Pricing

Crossover SUVs have replaced wagons and are edging out sedans and minivans as the top family haulers. Not every family's budget can afford a new one, so there's a constant demand for pre-owned midsize crossovers such as the Edge. All-wheel-drive models will exact a price premium in cold-weather states.

To get a good idea of the 2014 Edge's price range, investigate the used-car values at KBB.com. You can also search Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.

Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued the following recalls for the 2014 Edge:

Improper plating may lead to fuel pump failure, causing the engine to stall and increasing the risk of a crash.

An undertightened fastener from the factory may cause the front axle halfshaft to separate from the linkshaft while driving, increasing the risk of a crash. The separation may also allow an unattended Edge to roll away when parked, creating an injury risk.

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, will fix the car for you at no charge.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

NHTSA gave the 2014 Edge four stars overall, with just three stars for frontal impacts, but five for side impacts and a 4-star rating for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2014 Edge Good ratings for side, rear and moderate-offset front impacts and a Good score for roof crush.

Ford Motor Company sold the 2014 Edge with a 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years or 60,000 miles of roadside-assistance coverage.

Ford certified pre-owned vehicles can't be more than 5 years old or show more than 80,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Edge undergoes a 172-point inspection. Those that pass receive a 12-month/12,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and powertrain coverage, extending 7 years from when the vehicle was first sold or reached 100,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Also included is a vehicle-history report and roadside assistance.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Chevrolet Equinox -- Like the Edge, Chevy's Equinox seats just five, but its rear seat slides fore and aft to allow owners to customize passenger and cargo space as required. The Chevy's 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is EPA-rated at an impressive 22 mpg city/32 mpg hwy. The 2014 LTZ model is available with a peppy 301-hp 3.6-liter V-6, a power front-passenger seat and rear entertainment system. Some buyers may find the front-seat cushions and ride quality to be overly firm.

2014 Dodge Journey -- The Journey functions as a wagon version of the Chrysler 200. It packs a lot of interior space and can carry up to seven passengers, as long as the rearmost pair is on the small side. The Journey excels in offering hidden storage compartments, with one under the front-passenger seat cushion and two under the rear floor.

Autotrader's Advice

Think of the Edge as a more nimble, 5-passenger version of the Explorer. Not everyone needs 7-passenger seating or has the garage space to park such a vehicle. It's hard to go wrong with the torquey, smooth-running 3.5-liter V6 that comes in the SE, SEL and Limited trims. To get the more powerful 3.7-liter V6, you must opt for the Sport model, which comes with good-looking but harsh-riding 22-in wheels and tires.

We advise going with a reasonably well-equipped V6-powered SE or SEL that comes with the conventional audio and climate controls. EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder EPA estimates are impressive, but the heavy Edge must be driven gently to achieve them. If you opt for a Limited or other Edge optioned with MyFord Touch infotainment, make sure that it has had all the software updates to avoid performance issues. Going the Ford certified pre-owned route is always a wise choice.

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