Ford’s second smallest crossover in North America had shifted generation for this model year, and 2016 Ford Edge will continue to go forward with very little changes, if any. The car is now quite stylish and modern-looking that it doesn’t really warrant an overhaul for at least couple more years, and even when it gets one, changes will be minor.
2016 Ford Edge Engine & Specs
Current Edge is powered by trio of distinctively different engines. Standard engine in trio of basic grades (SE, SEL and Titanium) is 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder unit which generates 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. Those same models can be ordered with optional, normally aspirated engine. 3.5L V-6 unit which allows that, makes 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Finally, 2016 Ford Edge Sport grades come with the mill of their own. 2.7L EcoBoost V-6 unit produces 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque in Edge’s best-performing model.
All models, regardless of engine or trim level can be ordered with optional all-wheel drive, whereas front-wheel drive is standard. Finally, 6-speed automatic transmission is also standard from the get-go, and there’s no substituting it.
Design – Interior & Exterior
New Edge is clearly much sharper than outgoing models. Hexagonal frontal fascia adds that sharpness, but it’s not the only feature which does that. Lower air intake shares the same shape, and headlamps, together with foglight inserts are as sharp as they come. Frontal fascia might be 2016 Ford Edge’s most prominent and true trademark part, but mid-size crossover doesn’t lack any pizzazz around the back as well. That’s where it exhibits unusual tail-light pattern which features a light bridge between them and blue oval badge upon it.
Edge’s interior doesn’t hold any surprises. Most of Ford’s cars share the same pattern when it comes to dashboard layout, and 2016 Ford Edge doesn’t stir things as well. Leather-trimmed seats are optional with SEL grade and standard above. Otherwise, cloth-bucket seats are here to do the job. Titanium models get optional perforated leather seats which include frontal heaters and coolers, and Edge Sport gets unique seats with suede inserts. Still, none of these models offers third row of seats.
Display with most infotainment features is offered straight from the gates, but touch screen display with advanced goodies is standard from Titanium models. Sony audio system follows the same pattern and so do HD radio and media hub.
2016 Ford Edge offers abundance of advanced safety equipment, but most of these have to be ordered separately. It comes with a rearview camera, lane-keeping assist, blind spot information system, cross-traffic alerts, collision warning with automatic brakes and adaptive cruise control. Almost all of these features can be had exclusively with Titanium and Sport grades.
2016 Ford Edge Price and MPG
Edge returns solid fuel economy figures with its base engine. Depending on whether you end up with front or all-wheel drive, turbo four delivers either 20/30 mpg or 20/28 mpg respectively. It’s all downhill from here as naturally aspirated six is rated at 18/26 mpg or 17/25 mpg, while twin-turbo six returns either 18/27 mpg or 17/24 mpg. Entry-level models are still available from $28,000, while Sport grade costs at least $10,000 more as the most expensive unit in the lineup.
2016 Ford Edge is meant for select group of people. It’s not as efficient as smaller Escape, and it doesn’t feature three rows of seats like Explorer and Expedition do. However, it isn’t as fuel-consuming as they are either. What Edge offers are abundance of tech options and Ford’s standard levels of interior refinement. It can also pack much more cargo than Escape, and it looks quite imposing thanks to its sharp, fresh design.
The biggest competitors are Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander.