The Ford Edge EcoBoost Limited - an honest 30mpg SUV with no compromises
On the outside, the Ford Edge Limited fitted with the EcoBoost engine looks identical to the rest of the current Edge lineup with just the subtle EcoBoost badge on the rear liftgate being the only thing that indicates that this vehicle is fitted with the fuel sipping, turbocharged engine.
Up front, the Ford Edge Limited features a big, bold chrome grille sporting the familiar three-bar design that flows into the sharpened, angular headlights. The Edge logo appears on the inner corner of each headlight housing with projection housings mounted out towards the amber corner marker lens and a thin chrome strip runs across the top of the headlights and grille – separating the prominent brow of the hood. Along the lower portion of the front fascia, the Edge wears a set of LED driving lights that run top-to-bottom with a large opening in the middle to allow for gobs of air to hit the radiator and the intercooler.
The long, flat hood of the Ford Edge Limited EcoBoost leads back to an aerodynamic windscreen that begins the long greenhouse area. The side pillars are finished in black to give the side windows a sporty, seamless look while the wheel openings use a flatted edge to bolster the sporty attitude of the new Edge. The wheel openings are nicely filled by the 18”10-spoke chrome wheels while flat black plastic running along the entire lower portion of the vehicle – from front to rear – contrasts with the body color.
Out back of the Ford Edge Limited EcoBoost, the high rear end and integrated spoiler continues the sporty look with help from the polished dual exhaust tips. There is far less chrome on the back end than out front, with the only chrome being the strip running along the top of the license plate area and the large Ford blue oval is embedded in the middle of this chrome appliqué.
The Ford Edge Limited EcoBoost exterior design does a great job of keeping the “sport” in SUV while also offering styling cues all around that bolster the luxury expectations of the Limited trimline. The Edge has a fairly small footprint with a relatively small silhouette but it is very clear that the Edge is all sport utility vehicle – with this sharp new exterior helping Ford Motor Company build on the success of the first generation Edge.
The Limited trimline is the top of the line package for the Ford Edge with the EcoBoost engine with the only package ranking “above” the Limited being the Sport package but that premium package is only offered with the naturally aspirated 3.7L V6. In short, the Edge Limited is the top luxury package for the midsized SUV and the second that you climb into the Edge – luxury is a very clear theme. My test vehicle was equipped with the Sienna Leather package which adds dark brown leather to the front and rear seating surfaces, the center console armrest and the door panel armrests with black leather found on the sides of the seat, across the dash and throughout the interior. This two-tone layout gives the Edge Limited a look that inspires a “wow” out of most people who are climbing in for the first time. In addition to looking great, the front seats provide a comfortable setting for long rides while the deep upper bolsters keep the driver and front passenger centered in the seats during spirited driving. In the rear seating area, there is comfortable room for two adults with a center armrest but if you have the need for a third seating position in the back, a smaller person (like a child) can fit in the center rear seat – but I wouldn’t try putting a larger adult there.
Across the dash, the Ford Edge Limited EcoBoost continues the luxury layout with a taste of high tech tastiness. The gauge cluster carries one large traditional gauge in the middle showing the vehicle speed and the gear selector and that speedometer is flanked on each side by a customizable screen. On the left side, the driver can toggle through a variety of vehicle information including fuel economy figures, trip mileage, engine RPM and other system information. On the right side screen, the driver can opt to have a navigation or sound system readout depending on what is most important at the time. These two configurable screens are controlled by a pair of directional buttons – one mounted on each side of the steering wheel – and this gauge cluster works with the integrated Ford Sync system. The Sync system adds a large touch screen mounted high on the center stack with access to the Phone, Navigation, Entertainment and Climate controls with additional controls for the sound system and the climate control mounted below the screen in a gloss black panel with help from Sony. The Sync system has been criticized for its complexities but I found that with a little patience, the Sync system is far easier than many make it out to be with voice activated navigation that allows you to find locations without taking your hands off of the steering wheel. Not only does this system look great but the Sony sound system should put a smile on the face of most audiophiles. The upper and lower portions of the dash are finished in black while a wood grain panel runs across the passenger side and on both sides of the driver’s information center.