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2016 Ford Edge: Used Car Review

All-new in 2015 with increased roominess, greater handling precision, upgraded interior materials, turbocharged engines and the latest in safety systems, the 2016 Ford Edge adds Ford’s latest Sync3 multimedia system and available variable-ratio adaptive steering. The adaptive steering improves low-speed maneuverability while enhancing high-speed stability.

Now based on the Fusion sedan platform, the sporty 5-passenger midsize Edge bolsters Ford’s extensive crossover/SUV lineup, which includes the 5-passenger compact Escape, the 6- or 7-passenger almost-full-size Explorer and the truck-based 7- or 8-passenger Expedition. The Edge offers up to 73.4 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seats folded down.

The 2016 Ford Edge is a good used-vehicle choice for buyers looking for something sporty with slightly elevated seating, 5-passenger capacity and good cargo versatility.

What We Like

New Sync3 multimedia system; upgraded interior materials; added roominess; quiet cabin; perky 2.7-liter turbo V6 performance; good ride/handling balance

What We Don’t

Short front seat bottom cushions; premium fuel recommended for turbo engines; thick roof pillars block outward visibility

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

A dual-scroll EcoBoost 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo engine is the standard engine in SE, SEL and Titanium, both with front– and all-wheel drive. It develops 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, but premium unleaded fuel is recommended. Teamed exclusively with a 6-speed automatic transmission, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ratings are 20 mpg city/30 mpg hwy with front-wheel drive, 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy with AWD. The 2.0-liter turbo can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

The 3.5-liter V6 is the optional engine in SE, SEL and Titanium models. It uses regular unleaded fuel. The 3.5-liter V6 generates 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. It’s also teamed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. Equipped with front-wheel drive, the V6 has an EPA rating of 18 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, while all-wheel-drive versions are rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy.

The Edge Sport is equipped with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that’s also used in the F-150 pickup, producing 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque on premium unleaded fuel. Its only transmission choice is a 6-speed automatic. With the Sport’s standard all-wheel drive, the 2.7-liter V6’s EPA rating is 17 mpg city/24 mpg hwy.

Standard Features & Options

The 2016 Ford Edge is available in SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport trims.

In the SE, standard equipment includes a backup camera, air conditioning, cruise control, cloth seats, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel with remote audio and climate controls, keyless access, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with touchscreen display, 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, cargo net, leather shift knob, stability and traction control, split fold-down rear bench seat, anti-lock brakes with brake assist, dual front- and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags, knee airbags and power doors, windows and mirrors.

SEL models gain dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a power driver’s seat and SiriusXM satellite radio. SEL options include rain-sensing wipers, a rear camera, navigation, a panoramic sunroof, rear entertainment with headphones, leather seats, heated front seats, a power passenger’s seat, power liftgate, cargo cover, remote engine-starting and a 9-speaker upgrade stereo.

Upgrading to Titanium trim adds standard leather upholstery, front sport seats, a power passenger’s seat, heated front seats, a memory driver’s seat, garage-door opener, a 12-speaker Sony premium audio system with HD radio, a hands-free power liftgate and keypad locking. Options include the new variable-ratio adaptive steering, a power tilt-telescopic steering wheel, 20-in alloys, ventilated front seats and distance cruise control.

Moving to Sport trim nets all-wheel drive, the 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 and adds the new variable-ratio adaptive steering, sport pedals, suede and leather seat trim, firmer suspension and steering and 20-in alloys. Optional are 21-in alloy rims.

Key safety and driver-assist options for 2016 include parallel and perpendicular parking assist, inflatable rear seat belts, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alert, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, forward, side and reverse sensing plus adaptive cruise control with 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 like the Edge. All-wheel-drive will exact a price premium in cold-weather states.

To get a good idea of the 2016 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 2016 Edge:

The driver’s front airbag may not inflate fully or the airbag cushion may detach from its module, increasing the risk of injury in a crash.

On a small number of Edges, incorrect anti-lock braking and stability control software may cause those systems to malfunction, increasing the risk of a crash.

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2016 Edge five stars overall, five stars for frontal and side impacts, and a 4-star rating for rollover performance.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Edge Good ratings for side, rear and moderate-offset front impacts, head restraints, seats and roof crush, but just an Acceptable rating for small-offset front impacts.

Ford Motor Company sold the 2016 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 five 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 seven 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

2016 Chevrolet Equinox — The Equinox seats just five, but its rear seat slides fore and aft to allocate cargo space as required. The Chevy’s 2.4-liter 4-cylinder is EPA-rated at an impressive 22 mpg city/31 mpg hwy. Wi-Fi is standard, and the LTZ model is available with a peppy 301-hp 3.6-liter V6, a power front-passenger seat and a rear entertainment system.

2016 Dodge Journey — The Journey 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. Engine choices include a 173-hp 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 283-hp 3.6-liter V6.

Autotrader’s Advice

The standard 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo 4-cylinder provides more than ample power for everyday needs and is a good choice as long as you don’t mind feeding it the recommended premium unleaded fuel. It’s also hard to go wrong with the torquey, smooth-running regular-fuel 3.5-liter V6 that’s now optional in the SE, SEL and new Titanium trims. To get the spirited 2.7-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, you must opt for the Sport model.

Going the Ford certified pre-owned route is always a wise choice. Otherwise, look for an Edge with as few miles as possible and get a Carfax or equivalent report to make sure you’re not buying a vehicle that’s seen flood damage or a serious collision. And always check with the dealer to ascertain that any applicable safety recalls have been performed.

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