The 2016 Ford Edge offers up the perfect combination of space, utility and cutting-edge technology, making for an SUV that's enjoyable for everyday life. Everyone will be wowed by the stylish design of the exterior, which is truly athletic and decidedly modern. Acceleration is impressive, while the suspension does an excellent job of making some of the roughest roads feel smooth and comfortable.
Ford offers the 2016 Edge in four trim levels called SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport. Each one is packed with value, plus plenty of standard features. Among the many updates for the model year is the optional Sync 3 infotainment system, which improves the voice recognition capabilities dramatically. A variable-ratio steering system is optional for the Titanium and standard on the Sport.
Despite being small, the base 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline four-cylinder engine uses turbocharging and direct injection for a big return. It's rated at a surprising 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque, which is more than enough for a good time behind the wheel.
SE, SEL and Titanium models can be outfitted with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, which is good for 280 horsepower and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. As the most powerful version of the 2016 Ford Edge, the Sport features a standard 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Peak output is a thundering 315 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.
No matter the engine choice, all 2016 Ford Edge models use a six-speed automatic transmission, which can be controlled manually with included paddle shifters. All but the Sport have front-wheel drive standard, while an all-wheel-drive system is available.
Anyone who's familiar with Ford knows the company is dedicated to vehicle safety. The 2016 Edge lines up with that legacy. One innovative feature is the Safety Canopy System, which uses side curtain airbags designed to actually lift a person's head off the side window when it deploys. Buyers can also add rear inflatable seatbelts, which help guard against injury from a passenger's body being pressed against the strap. Whenever reverse is selected, a rearview camera that's included on each trim level turns on, showing a clear image of what's behind the SUV. All models have an individual tire pressure monitoring system, so drivers don't have to guess about exactly which tires need some extra air.
The interior of the 2016 Ford Edge is large and comfortable, plus loaded with plenty of practical equipment. For example, an available ambient lighting system allows drivers to select one of 7 colors to fit the right mood. Another option is a hands-free tailgate, which is motion-activated so owners don't have to put anything down to open it.