2009 Ford Edge

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Key Specs

of the 2009 Ford Edge base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Acceleration
  • Six-speed automatic
  • Quiet cabin
  • Comfortable ride
  • Metal interior trim

The Bad

  • Disappointing gas mileage
  • Braking is so-so
  • Body lean in turns
  • Backseat doesn't slide forward/backward
  • Noise through Vista Roof shades
2009 Ford Edge exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2009 Ford Edge

  • Power liftgate option
  • New Sport trim level
  • 22-inch wheel option
  • Sync system optional

2009 Ford Edge Road Test

Bill Jackson
The Sport version of the 2009 Ford Edge five-seat crossover offers a sport-tuned suspension, larger rims and different body styling, but the same engine as the regular model. It's also the most expensive version of the Edge, and whether it's worth the extra money to you will depend on whether you live in a place with smooth, twisty roads.

Why? If your roads are primarily straight, the Edge Sport's sport-tuned suspension won't be as rewarding as it will be if you live in a place with twisty roads. And because that tuning also makes the ride more firm, you'll want those roads to be smooth ones.

Chicago offers a wide variety of roads, including twisty, straight, smooth and rough, so the Edge got quite the workout. In the end, the Edge Sport offers better handling than a standard Edge, but costs more and has fewer comfort and convenience features standard. I'm not sure it's worth the price.

Making an Edge a Sport
Here's what makes the Edge an Edge Sport: 22-inch rims, plus performance-tuned shock absorbers, springs and steering components. In addition, there's a body kit that includes a different front air dam, side skirts and lower section of the doors.

What the sport suspension means in the real world is that the Edge Sport rides marginally harder than the regular Edge. I didn't find it to be so harsh I was uncomfortable. I suspect that's as much a result of the very cushy seats as it is the suspension tuning. (People who pref...

The Sport version of the 2009 Ford Edge five-seat crossover offers a sport-tuned suspension, larger rims and different body styling, but the same engine as the regular model. It's also the most expensive version of the Edge, and whether it's worth the extra money to you will depend on whether you live in a place with smooth, twisty roads.

Why? If your roads are primarily straight, the Edge Sport's sport-tuned suspension won't be as rewarding as it will be if you live in a place with twisty roads. And because that tuning also makes the ride more firm, you'll want those roads to be smooth ones.

Chicago offers a wide variety of roads, including twisty, straight, smooth and rough, so the Edge got quite the workout. In the end, the Edge Sport offers better handling than a standard Edge, but costs more and has fewer comfort and convenience features standard. I'm not sure it's worth the price.

Making an Edge a Sport
Here's what makes the Edge an Edge Sport: 22-inch rims, plus performance-tuned shock absorbers, springs and steering components. In addition, there's a body kit that includes a different front air dam, side skirts and lower section of the doors.

What the sport suspension means in the real world is that the Edge Sport rides marginally harder than the regular Edge. I didn't find it to be so harsh I was uncomfortable. I suspect that's as much a result of the very cushy seats as it is the suspension tuning. (People who prefer sport seats with a firmer cushion and bolstering that holds you in place will be very disappointed with the Edge Sport's seats). I felt fine after long drives on rougher roads, but I was avoiding potholes the whole time. Of course, that firmness is designed to provide better handling and I found the Edge Sport did seem to have marginally less body roll and marginally better handling than a standard Edge.

Of course, with 22-inch rims I really had to avoid potholes. For those who don't spend their time studying wheel sizes, let me offer this layman's translation of how big a 22-inch rim is: It's embarrassingly large. It's large enough that your friends who don't know anything about cars will laugh and say "Whoa, look at those wheels!"

It also means that, on a rough road, you have a good chance of damaging the wheel (because there's not a lot of tire rubber to cushion impacts), and you would likely spend a lot of money replacing a 22-inch rim.

Perhaps if I had smooth roads around me this wouldn't bother me so much, and one can swap out 22-inch wheels for something different, but that would be one less reason to buy the Sport in the first place. What's not easy to reconcile is the engine. It's not that the Edge has a bad engine — it was great moving around town and at highway speeds, and it's mated to a very good six-speed transmission. It's just that if I'm spending more than someone who bought a regular Edge — for one called "Sport" — I want a bit more power.

While I was disappointed with the rims and the lack of an engine upgrade, I did like the Edge Sport's steering. It was easy to maneuver through parking lots, and at speed it had enough resistance to feel "solid" and inspire confidence. Some cars offer a lot of power-steering boost so they feel good in parking lots, but that makes them feel twitchy on the highway. Others feel great on the highway, but are a chore to steer at low speeds. The Edge Sport's steering felt just right, and appropriate for the type of vehicle it is. That steering made it easier to put the Edge exactly where I wanted to.

Inside
Being able to confidently place the Edge where you intend to is important, because it's quite wide and the nose drops sharply away at the front. It takes a while to get used to parking in narrow spots. Also, I had a very hard time telling exactly where the front of the car was — and that's not just me, either; all my passengers said the same thing. Is this an end-of-the-world flaw? Nope, and I imagine if you have the car for a long time you get used to where the nose ends. I do think the Edge might be a challenge for novice drivers, so parents with spawn of driving age should keep that in mind.

The interior is a mix of nice materials and good fit and finish. Sport models give you a different center control panel that looks pretty cool from a distance — almost like carbon fiber. When you look closer, you realize the texture comes from the word "sport" being printed over and over again. Also, despite this being a Sport version, there's no dead pedal (a place to rest your left foot when you're driving). If you're cornering aggressively, or even just driving around town, that extra foot support is welcome.

I should also note that our test vehicle came with Ford's Vista Roof — a mammoth sunroof that opens up the space over two rows of seats. I didn't get to test it during a hot week, so I don't know if you'd bake under the tinted glass. It's a $1,595 option, however, so it's not one to consider lightly.

Exterior
I've gone over the wheels, and as for the Sport's exterior body pieces, they have the effect of making the Edge look bigger. I put that down to the "lower edge" of the car being body-colored, rather than black (or dark gray) as other Edge models are. It's a matter of taste, of course, but I like the regular, smaller-looking Edge body more than those with the Sport body kit.

Note that opting for the Sport model restricts your color choices to red, silver, blue and black.

Safety
The Edge gets a rating of Good — the highest rating — in Insurance Institute for Highway Safety frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

All Edge models come with an electronic stability system, plus Ford's Roll Stability Control, which senses the start of a rollover and tries to keep it from happening.

In addition, side-impact and side curtain airbags are standard. For 2009, there's a new SOS post-crash alert system that unlocks the doors, honks the horn and flashes the hazard lights after a collision. (See a complete list of the Edge's safety features here.)

Edge in the Market
Setting aside other automakers, I think the Edge Sport's biggest competitor is the Ford Edge Limited. That's because the Limited makes standard many comfort and convenience features that are optional on the Sport, yet the Limited is cheaper.

Examples include a six-way power driver's seat, a fold-flat front passenger seat and heated mirrors. There's also dual-zone automatic climate control on the Limited, but the Sport has manual A/C. You can get all these features on the Edge Sport; you just have to pay more for them. In other words, you're paying a pretty steep price for the sport-tuned suspension and big wheels. (See Edge trim levels compared side-by-side.)

The Edge in any trim only seats five people, and that puts it at a disadvantage compared with midsize crossovers that cost about the same and seat seven, such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or Hyundai Santa Fe. Now, to me, only having seats for five isn't such a big deal, because most third-row seats are uncomfortable and hard to get to. But it seems more and more folks want to carry more and more folks with them wherever they go. The Edge isn't for them.

In the end, the Edge Sport feels like a compromise in which designers tried to make a crossover marginally more sporty. They didn't include aggressively bolstered, firm seats and they didn't goose the engine, which means they also didn't make the Edge undrivable in the real world. There's something to be said for that, but I kept finding myself asking, "Why is this model the most expensive Edge? Is it worth the extra cost for the big wheels and sport suspension?" I'd just as soon save some money and get an Edge Limited with smaller wheels and more features.

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2009 Edge Video

Cars.com's Bill Jackson takes a look at the 2009 Ford Edge Sport. It competes with the Nissan Murano and Mazda CX-7.

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.7)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.5)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Ford edge owner

by Lorenz from Wichita, ks on March 8, 2018

This is a great suv for a growing family, with plenty of room and comfort. My wife loves this suv, and wants a new edge. Read full review

(5.0)

Great suv!

by MollyB from Cincinnati, Ohio on March 1, 2018

This crossover/suv meets all my needs. It is extremely comfortable to ride in and drive. It has beautiful interior and a sharp exterior. It is Ruby red in color and black leather inside, AWD, spacious ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2009 Ford Edge currently has 4 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2009 Ford Edge SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
acceptable
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Ford

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, rental car reimbursement up to $30 per day, full tank of gas, vehicle history report, new wiper blades and fresh oil and filter

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    7 years from original new vehicle warranty start date or 100,000 miles. Powertrain Limited Warranty from original in-service date. 12- month/12,000-mile comprehensive limited warranty. See dealer for details. $100 deductible per visit.
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 172 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Edge received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

See also the latest CPO incentives by automaker