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2014 vs. 2015 Ford Edge: What's the Difference?

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author photo by Doug DeMuro October 2015

The popular Ford Edge has been fully redesigned for 2015 with a new look, new features and other major changes over last year's model. But what exactly separates the all-new 2015 Ford Edge from the outgoing version? And is the new model really so much better than last year's Edge that it's worth spending extra money for a new one over a lightly used or certified pre-owned 2014 model? To help you answer these questions, we've created a close comparison between the outgoing Edge and the all-new 2015 model.

Exterior

The appearance of the Edge has changed dramatically from 2014 to 2015. While the general profile is similar between the outgoing Edge and the new one, the 2015 model features an entirely different grille, new headlights, new taillights and new lines throughout the body that help give it a more modern look. To us, this is one of the better recent SUV redesigns from a styling perspective, as it modernized the Edge without being too radical -- or too conservative.

Interior

On the inside, the latest Edge sports noticeable -- but not exactly major -- changes compared to the outgoing model. Interior room is improved a little, as is cabin material quality, but otherwise updates are confined to a restyled dashboard, a repositioned center control stack and new door panels. The gauge cluster, steering wheel and center controls themselves are all carried over from the old model to the new one, which isn't a problem for us because we thought they were already fairly nice after the outgoing Edge's major facelift for the 2011 model year.

Mechanicals

Both the 2014 and the 2015 Ford Edge offer three engines: a V6, a 4-cylinder for drivers who want more fuel efficiency and a more powerful offering for drivers especially interested in performance and acceleration.

The V6 and 4-cylinder are carried over from the 2014 model to the 2015 version. The V6 is a 3.5-liter unit, which made 285 horsepower last year and now puts out 280 hp. Meanwhile, the 4-cylinder is a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit that made 240 hp last year and is now rated at 245 hp.

At the top of the food chain is the Edge Sport, which has earned a new engine for 2015. While last year's model used a 305-hp 3.7-liter V6, the new version boasts a 315-hp 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 that maximizes fuel economy, in addition to delivering muscular performance.

Features & Technology

Although it's surprisingly difficult to beat out the old Ford Edge in a comparison of features and equipment, the new model holds a few advantages over its predecessor. For instance, only the new model offers a forward-collision warning system with automatic braking, as the previous version lacked the braking feature. And only the new model touts other cutting-edge features such as an automated parking system, a 180-degree front parking camera, inflatable seat belts, a hands-free lift gate and heated rear seats.

Still, most of these new gadgets and features are on the upper echelon of the Edge's pricing structure, so if you find yourself gravitating toward a base model instead of a well-equipped Edge Titanium or Sport, you may not notice any major equipment differences between the outgoing Edge and the new 2015 model.

Driving Experience

Automakers work very hard during redesigns to improve driving experiences as significantly as Ford has with its latest Edge -- and they aren't always successful. It's hard work, but Ford has managed to make the latest Edge feel more comfortable, more stable, more composed and easier to maneuver. We also think road noise has decreased noticeably between the outgoing model and the new Edge. In short, we think the driving experience is a big step up -- and we didn't exactly think the old Edge had too many flaws.

As for powertrains, we don't quite notice as much of a difference. That makes sense, as the Edge's engines are largely carried over -- except for the 2.7-liter turbocharged V6. That powerplant feels a little faster than the old 3.7-liter V6, though we suspect it's more about how the turbocharger builds power and less about actual acceleration times.

Safety

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the latest Edge earned a perfect 5-star overall score, improving on the outgoing model's 4-star rating. It's the same story in testing carried out by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, as the 2015 Edge earned a Top Safety Pick designation -- something the previous model didn't achieve.

Not only does the new Edge offer better crash protection than the outgoing model, it touts more safety equipment. For instance, while the old Edge had only a forward-collision warning system, the new model boasts automatic braking, too. The new Edge also offers new inflatable seat belts, an enhanced parking-camera setup, and new lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist features. While the old Edge offered a lot of safety equipment, the new model certainly has it beaten.

Conclusions

We really like the latest Ford Edge -- and we think it's a huge step up over its predecessor. There's more modern styling on the outside and improved materials on the inside. The latest version also offers a host of enhancements to the Edge's driving experience, its list of options, its safety features and its crashworthiness. In other words: We do think the latest Edge is worth the premium over a lightly used 2014 model. In fact, for SUV shoppers who don't want 3-row seating, the latest Edge would be near the top of our list.

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