The 2011 Edge gets revised cabin styling and an available high-tech entertainment and communication system dubbed MyFord Touch. The Edge's exterior has also received some styling tweaks, and the five-seat crossover is now offered with a choice of three engines, including a new turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder. It hits dealer showrooms this summer, and competitors include the Dodge Journey, Nissan Murano and Toyota Highlander.
The changes to the Edge's exterior are concentrated in front, as the crossover gains slender headlights, a revised horizontal-bar grille and a new bumper with a plunging design. From the windshield to the back of the crossover, though, the Edge's profile is essentially unchanged.
The Edge has standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, but 18- and 20-inch rims are available. Massive 22-inch polished wheels go on uplevel Sport trim levels, which feature a black-chrome grille.
Available features include rain-sensing windshield wipers, high-intensity-discharge headlights and a power liftgate.
Some of the cabin materials in the previous Edge, like the dashboard, were a little crude for the class, but it's clear Ford has taken steps to improve the appearance of the 2011 model's interior. The numerous distinct panels that formerly made up the dashboard's top have been replaced by a single piece, and the newly available MyFord Touch system gives both the instrument panel and center dash controls a futuristic appearance and feel.
With the system, the traditional analog speedometer is bordered by two LCD screens that can be configured to show various types of vehicle information. An 8-inch touch-screen in the middle of the dash has menus for the climate, audio and navigation systems, among others. Below the screen is one of the Edge's distinctive features: touch-sensitive pads that replace many of the traditional buttons you'd normally find. In models equipped with HD Radio, you can tag songs to buy later from iTunes.
Available features include remote start, adaptive cruise control and a Sony audio system.
Under the Hood
A 3.5-liter V-6 has been the Edge's only engine until now, and it makes 285 horsepower for 2011. That V-6 is joined by Ford's first EcoBoost four-cylinder engine in the U.S. — detailed specs weren't available as of publication — and a 305-hp, 3.7-liter V-6 that's exclusive to the Edge Sport. All engines team with a six-speed automatic transmission, and the Edge is offered with front- or all-wheel drive.
Standard safety features include antilock brakes, side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for both rows, and an electronic stability system with Roll Stability Control. Available features include a backup camera, blind spot warning system and a collision-warning system.
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