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2.7L EcoBoost Makes the 2015 Ford Edge Sport More Exciting Than Ever

The new 2.7L EcoBoost was originally introduced for the 2015 Ford F150 pickup, but when it was added to the new Ford Edge lineup as the standard engine in the Sport package, this fuel-friendly made the 2015 Edge Sport the most engaging midsized SUV Ford has offered – combining a long list of standard and available features with a powerful, efficient engine.

Before the 2015 Ford F150 was introduced at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, there had been a rumor that the Ford team was working on a new, smaller EcoBoost V6 that would range in under the 3.5L EcoBoost that has been widely used and incredibly popular throughout the Ford and Lincoln lineups. It was expected that this new engine would be offered for the new F150, but this new engine makes a much bigger impact in the new Ford Edge, bringing proper power to the sportiest looking Edge Sport thus far. The result is a midsized SUV that offers impressive driving dynamics in a segment where “fun to drive factor” is often near-impossible to find – especially from an American automaker.

The midsized crossover/SUV segment has become a popular one, offering slightly less space, slightly less capability and slightly better fuel economy in a segment that is – as you might have expected – slightly less expensive than the larger SUVs. The problem with the midsized segment is that affordability and efficiency reign supreme, so most automakers won’t put the time and effort into making a sport package for a midsized SUV and even when they do, these models usually fall short of earning the “sport” designation.

Fortunately, with the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, the 2015 Ford Edge Sport maintains solid fuel economy while delivering the kind of power that a midsized SUV needs to demand the Sport title. Couple that with an advanced all-wheel drive system, a sport tuned suspension setup and a lengthy list of features and the 2015 Edge Sport is a vehicle that can compete with the higher priced European midsized SUVs.

My 2015 Ford Edge Sport package had a base price of $38,995, but when you add the 401A package, the panoramic sunroof, the 21 inch black wheels and all-wheel drive, the price as tested rises to $46,780.

Exterior Design
The 2015 Ford Edge Sport looks a great deal like the rest of the new Edge lineup, but the Sport package adds a collection of features that are specific to this great looking package. This begins up front with a black grille, black headlight bezels, a deep reaching front fascia and a rear fascia that includes integrated dual exhaust tips. Also, the Edge Sport comes with bright polished 20 inch aluminum wheels with black painted pockets, although my test vehicle was sporting the optional 21 inch black painted wheels – which I consider a must for this package, as these black wheels add more than $995 worth of sportiness. Finally, the Edge Sport has a low profile rear spoiler above the backglass, along with the high tech LED taillights, projection headlights and daytime running lights.

edge sport side

The exterior design of the 2015 Ford Edge Sport isn’t extreme, but the simple cues go a very long way in allowing this performance package to stand out from the crowd.

Interior Amenities
The 2015 Ford Edge Sport, like many performance packages, comes heavily appointed in standard form, but the available options lift this sporty midsized SUV to luxury brand levels. My test vehicle was fitted with the 401A popular equipment package, which includes the features of the Technology Package along with heated and cooled front seats, heated rear seats, HID headlights and much more.

edsge sport dash

Standard features includes the leather wrapped sport seats up front, folding leather rear seats, push button start, multi-zone climate control and the premium SYNC infotainment system with MyFord Touch and a Sony interface and speaker system, so when the 401A package is added, there is really not much else you could ask for from a midsized SUV.

edge sport dash

More importantly, the 2015 Ford Edge Sport offers tons of seating space whether you are sitting up front or in the back, with the outboard rear seats offering plenty of space for even very tall adults. The front seats have a ton of seating space in every dimension, but you would expect that – the rear seating space is where you get the wow factor.

edge sport rear seats

Finally, the Edge Sport has a gigantic rear storage area and a panoramic sunroof that is worth every cent of the $1,595 upcharge, so this is a vehicle that could comfortable seat four guys going golfing for the day, with plenty of room for golf bags and an open-air experience for everyone.

The Drive
The entire 2015 Ford Edge lineup offers the long list of standard features and their own unique appearance packages across the trimlines, but where the Sport package is vastly unique from the other trimlines is in the drivetrain and suspension setup.

This begins with the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, delivering 315 horsepower and 350lb-ft of torque to all four wheels via a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The tiny turbochargers of the new 2.7L EcoBoost allow this new V6 to create all of that power in a hurry, so acceleration is shockingly quick for a midsized SUV. When you put the hammer down, the quick torque blast uses the advanced AWD system to grip the road hard and move out in a hurry while the steering wheel mounted paddle shifters allow you to pick your gears with impressive precision, upshifting and downshifting for optimal performance whether you are blasting away from a stop or cruising through the twisties.

edge sport front low

So, cruising through the twisties sounds a little odd for an American, affordable midsized SUV and make no mistake, this isn’t a sports car – it is a midsized SUV. However, the 2015 Edge Sport offers more driving excitement than any midsized SUV under $50,000 that I’ve driven, and that includes the European competitors. This isn’t an SUV that you are going to take to open track days, but for someone who needs or wants the amenities and capabilities of the new Ford Edge, the Sport package adds fun to drive factor better than any Edge before – and any American midsized SUV.

The sport tuned suspension setup of the 2015 Edge Sport affords this vehicle better cornering with less body roll than the other Edge models, but the ride quality is still comfortable enough that there are no concerns about this vehicle offering a smooth ride during your daily commute. It is slightly stiffer, but this is an SUV and for an SUV, the ride quality is impressive considering how well it will handle a corner.

edge sport rear low

Again, the acceleration efforts are the star of this show, with the 2.7L EcoBoost offering great get-up-and-go from a stop and impressive pull through the midrange, allowing the Edge Sport to quickly climb to speeds well above any posted limit. Best of all, when not driven hard, the Edge Sport AWD offers 17mpg around town, 24mpg on the highway and 20mpg combined. During my time in the Edge Sport, I fell short of that average number – recording 19.3mpg during my 8 days in the sleek midsized SUV – but that shouldn’t reflect poorly on the Edge Sport, as my love for the feel of boost kept my right foot buried in the floorboards. Also, the Edge Sport allows you to hear the spooling sound of the turbos and the hiss of the relief system when you let off, both of which add that little extra something to the sporty nature of this premium package.

The Final Word
If you want a vehicle that has a ton of interior technology, comfortable seating for 4 tall adults, a ton of cargo space and a drivetrain that combines sporty driving fun with impressive fuel economy and all-wheel drive surefootedness, the 2015 Ford Edge Sport is the SUV for you. The new 2.7L EcoBoost makes for a great economy engine in the new F150, but it makes for an even better sport package engine in the 2015 Edge Sport.

edge sport road

Ford has made an Edge Sport that is one of the very few midsized SUVs that can claim to be a sport package – all without any compromise in the aspects that make this vehicle class so popular.


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Comments

I admire Ford for making a mid-size SUV that is fun to drive. The black on black color theme looks very cool when you see this puppy in person. The slightly wider shape make it look lower and smaller than the last generation from the back for some weird reason. Ford should have put the new Sync 3 in the 2015 Edge. This was a huge miss. I really love driving the new generation of the Ford Fusion. Smooth ride, contoured leather seats, and adjustable angle head-rest. The contoured leather seats on the Ford Fusion, which looks and feels more premium than the suede inserts of the expensive Sport trim of the Edge. They should have had a Titanium version with the 2.7L Turbo option. Not everyone wants a sports tuned harder suspension. In my opinion, 46K is a very ambitious price for a small SUV of this size and a Ford badge. The interior does not look as nice as its sibling, Lincoln MKX. At that price, you can get a more premium looking Acura MDX SH-AWD with Tech Package, which also commands more reputation of reliability, a premium badge and higher resale value.
MDX with 267 foot pounds of torque vs. the edge sport's 350? No. Not a chance that these are comparable vehicles. People considering the edge sport aren't also considering a freaking Acura MDX (or any Honda SUV for that matter).
WOW - $46K for a mid-size SUV wearing a FORD badge! As the previous poster stated, you can look for an Acura or Lexus for that price.
Yes I could have but I didn't want to. I LOVE my 2015 Edge Sport !
We just bought this 2015 Ford Edge Sport Black on black and this car is awesome! Love it! It has all the bells and whistles. No you can't buy and Luxus and Acura for that price with all of the options they give you in this Edge. This is my second Ford Edge and it's the best Suv ever!
The price goes wi the options. You can start an edge below 30k, and the Acura or Lexus options in that price range don't exist. I think there was a time that we all knew the Japanese cards outclassed their American counterparts. What I have seen from Ford in the last few years would make me rethink that. I'm not so sure that comparing a similarly priced Acura head to head with the edge would turn out badly for Ford. That is a pretty sweet engine...
The $46K price for the Ford Edge is pretty much maxed out with all options. Try to configure an Audi, Lexus, or Acura with the same options and you’ll see you can’t get close to the same price of the Edge.
Just got my edge awd sport. Sport package with Moonroof. Ingot Silver, no black wheels (sorry). This is an extremely undervalued car. It beats the Acura RDX inb every way. Better than the Lexus 350s. Got it with the help of true car and current 1500 dollar incentives for a total of 4500 below MSRP. Very pleased. Gave it to my wife, now she's very pleased.
I'm ordering a 2016 Edge Sport in a couple of days after an incredible test drive which had me grinning ear to ear. The ride is supple, and the big 21" low profile tires absorb the chop without pounding. The cabin is quiet, and so is the engine, though it growls nicely when you bury your foot. Steering is taut and responsive, and it is roomier than any comparably priced import. Acceleration is surprisingly brisk for a big vehicle. Trimming out unnecessary high tech options keeps the price in the range of a high end Platinum. This vehicle must be driven to be believed. Ford has done a tremendous job developing the 2nd gen Edge.