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Best Vehicle I've Ever Owned by An MSN Autos Consumer on 07/28/2012. Trim: 2009 Ford Edge Limited FWD, Owned 3 years.
Pros: Styling, big color Nav, SYNC w/ Ipod use thru stereo, 7-color changeable int. lights, giant glass vista roof, and 20" wheels all best-in-class. At 3 1/2 years and 93,000 miles have had no problems. 17 mpg city and 26 hwy. Its been across the country on 7-9000 mile road trips 3X. Venza, Murano did not compare in features for price. I got a $5500 factory rebates combined in March '09--$4000 off from Ford at the start of the bad economy, $500 college grad rebate, and $1000 in 'conquest cash' because I was driving a non-Ford (Dodge) at the time even tho I didn't trade it in. Paid <$35000 out the door for a vehicle with a $42000 MSRP. After all those miles blue book says its still worth $18k.
Cons: The voice activation could be more intelligent; Like when you are looking for an address and you say the city name, it should notice and display the adjoining cities within a mile--or the city you're in at the time-with the GPS that sound similar first; only then the ones that are 500 mi away after that etc. for example. The fender flares especially are subject to dings and dents in parking lots from careless or jealous parkers next to you. Perhaps a clear silicon cover piece could be applied over these to prevent this.
Overall review: If this car were hit by a drunk driver tomorrow and totaled...even after 3 1/2 years I would buy another one. Maybe the sport model this time. Or maybe with ecoboost. But still--the Edge is the only vehicle for me now. Plus--I'm an industrial designer, not for an OEM car company but with consumer products and occasional Hot Rods etc so--I'd like to think I know a thing or two about good design and styling. One of my friends is a designer at Honda in Torrance and his company car is that abysmal-looking Accord Crosstour. (IMO the proportions especially are just...wrong.) All my friends from Art Center point and laugh. He didn't design it but he's working on the new one. My Ford Edge challenges him to do better.
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