Ford luxury cars 2015
The 2015 Ford Edge received an intercardiac injection — a shot of adrenaline straight to the heart — and the sleepy midsize crossover of 2007-2014 is now chock full of technology. The turnaround is amazing. The Edge handles better, interior noise is reduced, the extra three inches of length makes for a spacious cargo area and rear seat, the design is more aggressive, and the cabin is more upscale.
Despite the rich feature set of the new Edge, the version of Ford Sync you’re getting is not yet the improved Sync 3 and there is no way to upgrade. Adaptive cruise control is not full range. Blind spot warnings are wimpy. No matter: The 2015 Ford Edge wins Editors’ Choice for a mainstream, two-row midsize crossover/SUV, helped equally by Edge’s general desirability and its healthy dose of tech and safety features. Does your car park itself? Incorporate mini-airbags into the rear seatbelts? Sound this quiet at 70 mph?
On the road: ultra quiet, plenty of driver tech
Hop into the new Edge, fire it up, shift into gear, and the first things you notice are the non-tech aspects: nicely fitted cockpit, big back seat, bigger cargo bay, not much bright trim to bounce the afternoon sun back in your face. Head out on the highway and you notice an exceptional level of quietness at speed, thanks to the acoustic laminated windshield glass and, on the two top trim lines, Sport and Titanium. even more quiet because the front side windows have the same acoustic lamination.
If the outboard rear seat belts seem a little thick, it’s because they have mini-airbags built in. Ford calls them inflatable seat belts, and at 5 a pair, they improve safety and make a great conversation starter.
Handling is much improved from the first-generation Edge, even without the sport tuning of the Ford Edge Sport, the top trim line. The standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll turbo (EcoBoost) engine, a new design, is passably quick, produces 245 hp, and is now rated for towing (3, 500 pounds). The 315 hp, 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, offered only on the high-end Edge Sport, is quicker still. (A 280 hp, 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 is also available.)
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