2012 Ford Edge Ecoboost

The Edge crossover utility vehicle paved the way to a new segment for Ford to compete in and since its introduction several years ago the model line has proved very popular.

Last model year, Ford raised the bar a bit higher by updating styling and technology while also adding the Edge Sport model aimed at customers wanting a fresher, hipper crossover. This year, Ford gives consumers a broader choice for powering their Edge by adding EcoBoost technology to the model lineup.

For 2012, Ford drops a 240hp turbocharged 2.0-liter GTDI four-cylinder engine under the hood bringing near V-6 performance with the economy not commonly found in this segment – try 21 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

Ford still offers the base 3.5-liter V-6 engine delivering 285hp at 19/27 mpg and Edge
Sport models come with the 305hp 3.7-liter V-6. All Edge engines are backed by Ford’s slick six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission and the automaker even throws in steering wheel paddle shifters in the Edge Sport.

Also in every Edge is the SYNC/MyFord Touch driver infotainment technology that takes driver/vehicle interaction to the next level and almost every function in the new center dash is accessed or controlled via touch screen, touch panel or voice activation.

We’ve been impressed with the Ford Edge since its introduction to the marketplace. Styling is fresh while remaining this side of polarizing and for 2012 the Edge is quieter and safer than ever while also offering the greater choice of powertrains.

Pricing for new Edge models begins at $28,465 with our Edge Limited FWD with EcoBoost coming in at just under 39 grand when a few convenience items are added in. In contrast with the EcoBoost V-6/AWD combination in other Ford automobile
and crossover models, the EcoBoost 4 is only available in front-wheel drive on Edge models.

When friends and coworkers ask about crossover purchase options I usually include the Ford Edge when listing good choices available on the market today. And following up I have found that all who have purchased one have not regretted their purchase.

By David Goodspeed – dgoodspeed@blitzweekly.com

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