01 Feb 2016 Ford Edge Sport
By Lacey Elliott
Like most of you, I was always told not judge a book by its cover. However, the Ford Edge Sport is one vehicle that it would be ok to do so. As Dan described, the Sport trim actually looks, well, sporty. The blacken grill and larger 20″ wheels give it a touch of flare that make it stand out against the other Edge trims and its competition.
The Edges biggest competitor is the Nissan Murano. It really impressed me last year with updates to both the exterior and interior styling. Its floating roof line does get a lot of attention. This Sport, however, has my vote. Without the detailing to make it look sporty; it would be an incredibly close choice.
Step inside and you have a gorgeous cockpit that could take on a lot of the luxury brands. The fit and finish are impeccable and the use of different materials is modern and upscale. No detail has been ignored. The center stack flows into the dash. All the buttons, knobs and dials are easily reached by both passenger and driver. Gorgeous ambient lighting is standard on this trim (as well as the Titanium). It lights up the front foot wells and cup holders in your choice of 7 colors. It’s a small thing, but I felt that the personalization made for something special. In a world of black on black or grey on grey, it really is a nice touch.
My favorite and ‘must have’ add on is the massive Panoramic Vista Roof. It makes the cabin brighter and feels airy. The rear seat feels much more spacious. Thanks to 1,100 liters of Cargo space, Ford has more room than Nissan and it’s noticeable.
ON THE ROAD
Not only does this Edge look luxurious, it drives like it, too. I just can’t get over how unbelievably quiet and smooth it is compared to the previous generation. On every day driving, barely any engine noise creeps into the cabin. The minimum noise from this V6 engine is a low growl and feels comforting rather then overbearing. Put your foot down though and you will feel the 315hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. None of the competition comes close to this
If quiet is what you are after, the Sport won’t be the trim for you. When you drive more aggressively the engine noise does creep inside the cabin. I personally like it. I appreciate that I can have my quiet daily drive yet kick it up a bit when I want to have a bit more fun. The base 2.0 liter EcoBoost with 245hp will be more than enough for most.
The newly tuned suspension is noticeably more responsive. Steering is a bit heavy but this SUV feels solid in when taking corners. Use the paddle shifters to shift for yourself and get even more kick. Spend a lot of time highway driving? The Edge is a dream come true. I felt like I was cruising along in a luxury brand.
TECH & SAFETY
I couldn’t agree with Dan more. Ford listened and incorporated just enough buttons and dials in the cockpit to make for a much easier time. Yes, the touch screen technology is fantastic. However, over the years I have realized that some gestures just work better with a dial.
Items like automated parking assist, rain sensing wipers and lane keep assist are just a few items that add to my driving enjoyment. Living in Vancouver, the rain sensing wipers are a game changer. And of course, let’s not forget foot-activated hands free power lift gate. Once you have it, you will wonder how you ever lived with out. It’s standard on this trim.
The MyFord Touch system is more responsive and has been improved in every area. It is much more intuitive and works to bring your technology together. As technology begins to be in more and more of our daily lives, integrating easily into our vehicles is on purchasers top of mind
I enjoyed all the ‘sport’ in the Edge Sport. The base SE starts at just over $31,000 and you can pick FWD or AWD. For close to $44,000 the top of the line, loaded Sport gives you a vehicle that is both comfortable and powerful. Go ahead and judge, this Edge can take it.