2011 Ford Edge: Flash Drive
This 2011 review is representative of model years 2011 to 2013.
By Staff of MSN Autos
I've been a long-time fan of the Ford Edge. The suspension is set high enough to allow you to drive over the worst weather or conditions, but low enough to still be comfortable on paved roadways. And as an all-wheel-drive vehicle, the Edge can manage anything I've ever had to face. But as a front-wheel-drive car it seems a little absurd. The interior is also a perfect blend of space, utility and comfort for me. It's relatively luxurious, but not at all decadent. The product of so many compromises, I'm always pleasantly surprised that the Edge manages to satisfy me. I'd choose the Edge over almost any other SUV. And the brilliant Ford SYNC entertainment system is just icing on the cake. –Paul Hagger
The 2011 Ford Edge is updated with a larger grille and a new front fascia to keep it fresh. The new 285-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 engine combined with a 6-speed automatic delivers plenty of power, but I recommend going with the all-wheel-drive option, and not the standard front-wheel drive. The Edge is too big to feel right with all the power going to the front wheels — you get some torque steer when accelerating hard, especially when turning. It feels much more balanced with the power distributed to all four corners. The interior has also been upgraded, including touch controls for the center stack and two driver-adjustable displays in the instrument cluster. Gone is the clunky square-spoke steering wheel, replaced by a new 3-spoke wheel that has a better feel. One gripe: The head restraints are designed to improve safety, but the way they force the driver's head forward creates an awkward driving position. –Mike Meredith
Ford has updated the Edge for 2011, in both looks and features, and it has done a nice job. Styling-wise, the Edge gets a bolder grille with revised headlights, giving the crossover a sportier look. Inside, the 2011 Edge is equipped with an updated instrument panel and a new steering wheel, as well as Ford's new MyFord Touch entertainment system. All controls are soft-touch — no more buttons — which gives the instrument panel a high-tech look. Unfortunately, I found the controls a little too touchy; sometimes they were overly sensitive, other times not at all. The Edge gets more power for 2011 along with better fuel economy. I achieved 20 mpg in the city, which is impressive for a vehicle of this size. Overall, the Edge is still an excellent choice in the 5-passenger crossover market. –Perry Stern