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Ford Edge is Revamped for 2011 in Looks and Technology

By Arv Voss, December 4th, 2010

The Ford Edge crossover for 2011 definitely has the "edge" over its predecessor with bolder, more smoothly flowing exterior character lines, stronger grille presence and new chin spoiler.

The exterior enhancements are matched by the interior modifications that happen to reflect heightened craftsmanship, the utilization of better materials and improved fit and finish. Touch points have been softened and flexibility is improved in terms of space for gear stowage.

The 2011 Edge is available in four models: the base SE; a well-equipped SEL; an upscale Limited model; and a unique Sport model with an athletic presence and added power. New features for the 2011 model year are: MyFord Touch; the all-new 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine; 18-inch wheels and tires on Edge SEL and Edge Limited; retuned suspension for better handling; available HID headlamps; a thicker acoustic-laminated windshield and enhanced sound package.

In addition to the upgraded appearance, the 2011 Edge gains more power, with motive force for the SEL and Limited models provided by the all-new 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 285 horsepower and 253 lb.-ft. of torque.

Power for the Edge Sport model comes from a 3.7-liter V-6 that generates 305 horses and 280 lb.-ft. of torque (it is the same engine that appears in the 2011 Mustang). Both engines mate to an electronic six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, with the Sport model providing paddle shifters that activate gear changes.

MyFord Touch actually ushers in a new dimension in interaction. Basically, it is possible to get into the 2011 Ford Edge and bring along your technology and lifestyle, and have everything at your fingertips. It is a driver-connect technology powered by SYNC that provides a safer and smarter way to link drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lifestyles.

MyFord Touch replaces most traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way controls, similar to those found on cellphones and MP3 players. It also utilizes intuitive voice commands, and comes standard on the Edge Limited and Sport models.

My test 2011 Ford Edge was a front-wheel drive model in Limited trim finished outside in a Red Candy tinted metallic hue and done inside in Black leather with satin-finished faux wood trim accent pieces. The base price was $34,220, while extras such as the metallic paint, Vision Package, Driver's Entry Package, Voice activated Navigation system and destination charges raised the final sticker price to $37,475.

The 2011 Ford Edge is an extremely attractive crossover that clearly displays Blue Oval DNA but in an advanced and futuristic way. In addition to its improved good looks, the performance is gratifying with the 3.5-liter V-6 delivering all the power that's needed to the front wheels via the six-speed automatic transmission that makes for smooth gear transitions.

The interior is well laid out and the MyFord Touch is amazing with all of its connective technology in a touch pad format. It takes time to adapt to accessing the various menus and to become familiar with, but given enough time to master all of its possibilities, it no doubt brings a level of satisfaction never before available to the "Techno-Geek." While I'm able to appreciate the system's capabilities, I still prefer to have simple control knobs, particularly for the audio system functions. Hopefully, I'll be able to adapt to the new wave of technology soon, as it's the wave of the future that's upon us now.

Specifications

Base price $34,220 (as tested: $37,475)
Displacement 3.5-liter
Epa mileage rating 19 mpg city, 27 mpg highway
Fuel capacity 18 gal.
Horsepower (net) 285 at 6500 rpm
Motor type 24-valve V-6 w/SMPFI
Overall length 184.2 in.
Torque (lb.-ft.) 253 at 4000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Vehicle type 5-passenger FWD CUV
Wheelbase 111.2 in.
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