2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD
2.0L i4 EcoBoost Engine
Starting Price - $ 37,595
Price as tested - $ 43,190
My wife and I have been eyeing the new Ford Edge for some time and were hoping to have the chance to spend some quality time with one. Eventually we will upgrade from our mid-size sedan to an SUV, and we’ve always though the Edge would be a perfect fit for us. As luck would have it, we were able to review a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD recently. Though it was not a 2016, I would say there is no significant difference between the model years based on the research I’ve been able to do.
I was delivered a beautiful Magnetic Metallic 2-15 Ford Edge Titanium AWD. This is the 2nd generation of the Ford Edge, which was first introduced in 2006. The Edge falls between the Escape and Explorer in the Ford SUV lineup. I previously reviewed a 2014 model and I immediately noticed the 2015 had a definite upgrade in appearance. The exterior presents with a whole new modern, sleek look. Though subtle, there is a bit more of a sport feel to it as well, which is a nice change in design.
For 2015, Ford introduced a whole new exterior. The sleek headlights nicely wrap around the fenders. The grill was made slightly smaller to accommodate added accent lighting along the area where the fog lights would be. The taillights also wrap around the rear fender and across into the rear tailgate. This gives more visibility for drivers following behind you in inclement weather. It also looks bigger, as Ford added about 4” to the wheel base, allowing more room for passengers and cargo space.
The interior received a facelift as well, making it more driver friendly with upgraded technology, convenience features, and storage space. Ford kept it simple for the dash by using push buttons to easily navigate through the settings. Near the top of the dash is a nice sized display screen that both the driver and passengers can easily see. The format is nicely laid out, and the touch screen allows for quick adjustments to climate, sound, etc. It was very easy to figure it out and use on the road. The steering wheel is wheel equipped with all your driving options right at the tip of your fingers, as well as the option to customize what pops up on the dash. The seats felt really comfortable and overall the cabin felt very roomy. One thing I did notice was how much storage space you have. No lack in keeping valuables hidden. I especially like the small storage tray just underneath the center dash.
Adding 4” to the Edge is nice for providing more room for the back passengers. Having two children (1 & 4 years old) it makes it so convenient not having to fight to put in the toddler and infant baby seats. Most of time front passengers tend to lose leg room with the seats installed, but there has been a trend around the crossover market in making the back seats with more room to accommodate those with children. It’s very open and has a good amount of head room for those tall passengers. I love seeing the option to charge whatever device you like. If you’d like to charge your phone or your laptop, you can without messing with adapters. I don’t know why manufacturers don’t just go ahead and add this great feature on vehicles that are ideal for long travels. The rear seats recline and also fold down in a 60/40 split, giving you a massive amount of room. For convenience, there are two release buttons that will automatically lower either of the rear seats down without having to manually go in the back seat and do it.
The only real problem I had with the Edge was when it came time to install the toddler car seat. The infant seat was fine as it used the traditional LATCH system like I use in other cars. Our toddler seat is a Britax Frontier Click Tight (an amazing seat btw). The seat has a flip up component that allows the shoulder belt to be fed through, then latches down to lock the seat belt and seat in place. The problem arose when I noticed that the seat belt was equipped with air bags ON the shoulder belt. Clearly that would not work with the seat, as an accident would cause it to inflate and push my son out of the seat or crush him between his seat and the front seat. I was thinking I could use the LATCH for this seat as well, but then I remembered that the Britax rep who sold me the seat said the LATCH was only good for up to 40 pounds. The seat weighs 25 alone, and our son is around 35, so we are over the limit. The other issue with the seat belt is that it keeps slack until the brakes are applied, so the car seat is never truly secured. I was not comfortable using the seat in the truck so I didn’t take him on a ride. I am sure that there is a solution, but my recommendation would be to decline the shoulder strap airbag option if you have a seat with the internal locking mechanism like ours.
Moving under the hood. Not only did Ford redesign the Edge, but they also added a new more efficient engine to its line-up. The Edge I reviewed has a 2.0L 4 cylinder Eco-boost pushing out 245hp. This is quite a bit of power from a small motor. At first I thought it would be too small of a motor to push this SUV around, but I was wrong. It did great and was easy to drive around. You can upgrade to a 3.5L V6 with 280hp, or purchase the Sport model with a 2.7 Twin Turbo V6 with 315hp. All models have a 6 speed automatic transmission that really shifts smoothly. Suspension was smooth driving around in the wonderful roads Chicago has to offer. The sporty 19” premium wheels on 245/55/19 tires really gripped the road and provided great handling, though it was a little loud at times in heavy acceleration. I wasn’t getting the best gas efficiency, averaging about 15mpg in city and 24mpg on the highway. I do live in downtown Chicago though, so gas mileage usually on the low side. I would have liked to get a little more out of a 4cyl, but it is a heavy SUV and you typically need to give it little more gas to get up and going.
Overall this is a nice truck. I did enjoy driving around but the shoulder airbag in the backseat threw me for a loop. I didn’t install my toddler seat but did drive with my infant running errands around town. Personally I would prefer to purchase the bigger V6 motor. I do love all the safety and technology upgrades that went into this generation. Adaptive cruise control, blind spot sensors, parking assist and my favorite, it can park itself. Not only parallel but also backs in. If you are concerned with pulling out of a parking spot, no worries it can do that for you too. This is a huge improvement from previous generation in a very competitive market. This model will compete with Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, Nissan Murano, and the Chevrolet Traverse to name a few. I’d like to thank Ford for the opportunity to review this vehicle.