Review: 2009 Ford Edge
This 2009 review is representative of model years 2007 to 2010.
The Edge comes in four flavors: the base SE, the more upscale SEL, the luxurious Limited, and — new for 2009 — the Sport. Although the base SE seems a good value at a starting price of just under $27,000, a fully loaded Sport can push the $40,000 mark when all the options are added. All-wheel drive is available as a $1850 option on all but SE models.
The Edge drives pretty well, with good steering, brakes, and handling, although it isn't quite as carlike as Ford would have you believe. Inside, the Edge is nicely done, using good materials and delivering 32.2 cubic feet of space behind the second-row seats and 69 cubic feet with the seats folded. The vehicle has the full panoply of features that SUV buyers demand: a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, a full-length sunroof, a power liftgate, a power-folding rear seat, and a voice-activated navigation system. Maximum towing capacity is 3500 pounds.
What's New for 2009
Also new for 2009 are a modified Sync system with 911 assist; Sirius Travel Link for the navigation system; an in-cabin ambient lighting system; available 20-inch wheels; and a cargo management system with four hooks, two tie-downs, and a cargo net.
Highlights and Recommendations
Perhaps the best value in the range is the SEL, which adds 18-inch wheels and tires, fog lamps, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with speed and audio controls, a six-way power driver's seat, a power-folding second-row seat, auto-on headlamps, an in-dash six-CD changer, and a reverse sensing system. The Sync system, which integrates your mobile phone into the car's audio, costs $395 and is well worth the expense. The base price is just under $30,000 for the two-wheel-drive version.
The Limited adds even more features, including an upscale nine-speaker audio system, dual-zone climate control, a six-way power passenger seat, the Sync system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. The base price rises to roughly $32,500. The most desirable options are pricey: the full-length sunroof is $1595, rear-seat entertainment runs $1295, and the voice-activated navigation system is $1995. Twenty-inch wheels and tires add $895, and the power liftgate is another $490.
The Sport starts at $34,020, but we don't really see the point unless you fall in love with the more aggressive look. We think the idea of a sporty crossover SUV is oxymoronic, and the ride quality will likely fall off badly with the optional 22-inch wheels and tires.