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Launched in 2007, the Edge is a relatively modern addition to Ford's lineup. It had been a popular vehicle since its launch. Is there a best year Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is a stylish and sleek crossover that offers utility without compromising on driving pleasure. It is an excellent choice for families and those looking for a spacious crossover that can seat up to five comfortably.

2015 is the best year Ford Edge as it comes at a competitive price and offers similar features to the following models. This model has also addressed most of the complaints from previous years and achieved very good scores from federal testing agencies for reliability and safety.

The Edge was Ford's step into the ever-growing crossover market. Their move paid off by reaping sales from buyers who did not want bulky SUVs like the Expedition or the Explorer. With a driving experience like that of a car and the looks of an SUV, the Ford Edge shines in the crossover market.

Car experts believe that the Ford Edge is a vehicle that offers above-average reliability. It comes in with many options, suited for a wide range of buyers. The vehicle offers many advanced features, but one thing that notably impressed our car experts was the amount of insulation on the vehicle and its quiet ride.

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2015 Ford Edge

The 2015 Edge is an athletic crossover, both in terms of performance and looks. It borrows a lot of design cues from its sedan sibling, the Fusion, but it also looks like a doppelganger to Hyundai's Santa Fe. The shoulder lines also remind us of a BMW from some angles. As we try to unravel the conundrum of design cue similarities, let's look at what the 2015 Edge has to offer that makes it an excellent crossover.

Suppose you are not too worried about having a vehicle with a luxury badge or third-row seating. In that case, the 2015 Ford Edge is a stylish, comfortable, and excellent technology-equipped crossover that caters to families and crossover lovers alike.

Design Features

There is no denying that the 2015 model is a derivative from the previous generation Edge. The bold grille, sloped pillars, and the side profile seem to be carried on from the previous model. But there are many features that the 2015 model offers that make it more interesting than previous years.

The 2015 Edge features a trapezoidal grille, which is the first thing you will notice when looking at the vehicle upfront. The sides of the trapezoid match well with the cuts of the wrap-around headlights, which end with prominent orange blinkers towards the front of the fenders.

Towards the rear, the fancy wrap-around taillights and the rear pillars add to the impressive looks to match the front. The overall look of the vehicle is sporty and aggressive. We think that the Edge is nicely shaped and features a graceful stance.

Step inside, and you cannot help but recall the interior of the Fusion, which has made the sedan stand out from many of its rivals. With simple and well-spaced out controls, a matte-black façade for the console, and ample soft-touch material all around, the cabin feels comfortable and quite premium. The gauge cluster is modern and reconfigurable using buttons on the steering wheel.

When the vehicle is cleaned up, the piano black cup holders and door pulls add to the aesthetics but quickly turn into fingerprint magnets. Other than that, the cabin is well laid out, with the buttons being easy to access and well-marked for convenience.

Performance Features

The 2015 Edge is available in three engine options with front-wheel or all-wheel drive. The Edge came standard with a V6 across all its variants on the previous models. But the 2015 model now features a four-cylinder engine with an EcoBoost turbocharger.

The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is engineered to reduce lag from the turbocharger and can produce 245 hp and 275 lb-ft torque. It responds well to throttle input and feels smooth without requiring repeated downshifts. It works well for those who use the Edge as a family car and do not care much about power and performance. It is important to note here that although the engine does not require premium fuel, the 245 hp power comes with premium fuel. Switch down to regular, 87-octane gasoline, and the power drops to around 220 hp.

Next up is the 3.5-liter V6 engine, which produces 280 horsepower. This engine was available on the 2015 Edge with the anticipation that old Edge users might be comfortable shifting to a smaller engine.

The most powerful engine option is the one found on Ford Edge Sport. It is a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 capable of producing 315 horsepower and an impressive 350 pound-feet torque. It is very smooth, quiet, and fast. The engine noise is low, so you can be going faster than what your senses are telling you.

All three engines come paired with the same six-speed automatic transmission that is responsive and smooth with its shifting pattern. The transmission performs better than what rivals offer, even with additional gears. You can put the shifter in "S" and use the shifter paddles behind the steering wheel to shift gears solely at your discretion. If you toggle the downshift paddle in "D" mode, the transmission shifts down one gear and maintains it for around ten seconds.

The suspension of the Edge is well-tuned to deliver precision and control without compromising too much on ride quality. The vehicle features an improved multi-link rear suspension responsible for Edge's car-like driving experience.

There are no driving modes on the Edge that alter the steering response. It comes with one setting, and that is just right. The Sport variant's steering feels slightly different, though with heavier and more off-center weighting for that sporty feel.

The brakes are also quite responsive and deliver reliable stopping power.

Comfort Features

The 2015 Ford Edge is a large crossover with two-row seating, which offers ample space for passengers and cargo. This vehicle is loved by those who are fond of spacious interiors. It has a lot of backseat space, and cargo space is enough for more than a few suitcases.

If you need it to haul cargo, the rear seat can be folded to provide a lot of additional cargo space. However, since the crossover misses out on tech-savvy cargo tricks, it is safe to say that this vehicle is designed more for hauling people than cargo.

With ample headroom, the seats are positioned quite high. This works well for the front seats as it gives the driver a good view of the hood, making the vehicle easier to steer in and out of tight places. The backseat is also very spacious. Even with the front seats pushed all the way back, there is enough leg and knee room for six-footers.  

Although the positioning of the seats is excellent, we did have some issues with support and bolstering. The front seat cushions are short in length, missing out on supporting the thighs. Even on the top trims like the Titanium and Sport, which claim to come with sports seats, the support and cushioning remained the same.

The back seat could use slightly more bolstering and contouring to provide support. However, we like the adjustable back allowing the rear seat passengers to sit comfortably and even take naps on long journeys. The headroom in the rear can be a little tight for taller individuals, and they may have to scoot forward for longer journeys.

The cargo space behind the second seat is quite good at 39.2 cubic feet. Fold-down the second row and the space increased to 73.4 cubes. Folding the seat is easy, making it convenient for those who often switch between large cargo and passengers.

There are ample storage bins to store small items all around the cabin. Only for the front seats, there is a glove box, a large bin on top of the dashboard, a small bin in front of the shifter, deep door pockets, a big center console box, and a small drawer in front of the driver's knee.

All variants of the 2015 Ford Edge are well insulated to keep noise where it belongs – outside. The seats, improved insulation, thick liners in the wheel wells, acoustic glass, excellent sealing on doors, and acoustic glass all work together to make the ride quiet and comfortable. However, the Sport models are quieter than other variants, especially when running on rough surfaces.

For most variants, the ride quality is smooth but a little firm. The Sport models with sport-tuned suspension can feel slightly stiff for improved handling. If you live in an area with rough patches or bumps and potholes, take a long test drive on the Sport variant before deciding to make the purchase.

Safety Features

There are many active and passive safety features on the 2015 Ford Edge. Among the features that come standard across all trims are:

  • Seven airbags, including frontal, side-impact, overhead, and knee airbags
  • Antilock brakes that keep the wheels from locking up during hard braking
  • Stability control ensures that the vehicle remains within its stability limits. This system can reduce engine power to maintain safe speeds.
  • Rearview camera

Climbing up the trim ladder will give you access to the following features:

  • Lane Keep Assist detects the white and yellow lines on the road and can notify the driver if the vehicle is veering off to either side. This system can even control the steering wheel to ensure that the vehicle does not leave its lane.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control can reduce engine power to make the vehicle slow down to match the vehicle's speed in front. Once the slow traffic moves out of the way, the car automatically maintains the speed set by the driver.
  • Front camera system with washer.
  • The blind blind-spot monitoring system can alert the driver of any vehicles in the blind spot when changing lanes.
  • A rear traffic cross alert warns the driver of any passing traffic when backing out of a box parking spot.
  • A frontal pre-collision warning system with emergency braking allows the vehicle to watch for any obstacles in its way. This system can apply brakes to avoid hitting these obstacles.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) rates the overall safety of the 2015 Ford edge as five-star. The vehicle also gets five stars for frontal crash and side-impact. The rollover rating, however, stood at four stars.

The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) received "Good" scores for most crashworthiness. However, the Edge gets the second-best "Acceptable" rating for the small overlap front test. Overall, the vehicle received the Top Safety Pick award from IIHS.

Trim Features

The 2015 Ford Edge is available in SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport variants. The Sport is the only variant with a 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine and a blacked-out appearance.

The SE trim comes with several features like:

  • Cruise control
  • Air conditioning
  • Alloy wheels
  • Tilting and telescoping steering wheel
  • Sync connectivity system

The SEL trim adds the following features:

  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Reverse parking sensors
  • Heated side mirrors equipped with LED turn signals
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Optional heated leather seats

The Titanium trim adds more features, which include:

  • 180-degree front camera with separate washer
  • Hands-free powered tailgate
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Remote starting
  • HID headlamps
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Park Assist feature
  • Optional adaptive cruise control and front collision alert

Fuel Economy Features

As discussed previously, there are three engine options, and all of them can be found equipped with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. All six variants of the Ford Edge have the following EPA ratings:

Front-Wheel Drive:

  • The 2.0-liter, four-cylinder variant gets 20 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg combined.
  • The 3.5-liter V6 gets 18 mpg in the city, 26 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.
  • The 2.7-liter V6 gets 18 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 21 mpg combined.

All-Wheel Drive:

  • The 2.0-liter variant gets 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined.
  • The 3.5-liter V6 gets 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.
  • The 2.7-liter V6 gets 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway, and 20 mpg combined.

Price Range of 2015 Ford Edge

The price of the 2015 Edge starts at $18,000 and goes up to $29,000 with an average price of around $23,500. The prices vary according to location, mileage, trim level, optional features, and vehicle condition. 

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Charles Redding

Charles Redding

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