The 2012 Ford Edge SUV with the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine will get an EPA-estimated 21/30 mpg city/highway with front-wheel drive, according to the automaker.
That fuel-economy score bests all of the Edge’s competitors, including the V-6 Nissan Murano (18/23 mpg), four-cylinder Toyota Venza (21/27 mpg) and V-6 Honda Accord Crosstour (18/27 mpg). In fact, Ford says the fuel-economy rating bests all other SUVs of its size or larger in addition to cars like the Honda Civic Si or Saab 9-3. Most people aren’t cross-shopping those vehicles, however.
The fuel rating is a big turnaround for the Edge. When the car debuted in 2007, it had a measly 16/23 mpg rating.
The EcoBoost four-cylinder packs 240 horsepower and 270 pounds-feet of torque; the engine is less powerful than either V-6 offering found on the Edge. In the larger 2012 Ford Explorer, the powertrain nets 20/28 mpg.
The 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost hits dealerships later this summer.