Changes for the 2014 Ford Edge:
Aside from adding three new colors, the 2014 Edge continues unchanged as Ford readies a replacement for the 5-passenger crossover SUV.
Ford sells the 2014 Edge in SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport trim levels. The SEL upgrades the Edge with dual-zone automatic climate control, a Sync Bluetooth connection, a 10-way power driver’s seat, rear parking assist sensors, and a set of 18-inch aluminum wheels. Limited models add leather, heated front seats, a 10-way power front passenger’s seat, a MyFord Touch infotainment system, a premium audio system, a reversing camera, and a Media Hub with USB ports, an SD card reader, and audio/video input jacks. The Edge Sport is more powerful, and comes with a sport suspension, 22-inch wheels and tires, special trim, and more.
Engines and Transmissions:
A 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine is standard equipment for the Edge SE, SEL, and Limited models, while the Edge Sport gets a 305-horsepower, 3.7-liter V-6 engine. Both power plants are connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission that delivers engine output to the SUV’s front wheels. An all-wheel-drive system is optional, and the Edge Sport includes paddle shifters as standard equipment.
Ford offers a turbocharged, 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine as an option for front-drive Edge models equipped with SE, SEL, and Limited trim. This more fuel-efficient option is rated to make 240 horsepower, but thanks to 270 lb.-ft. of torque, it has no trouble motivating the rather hefty Edge. A 6-speed automatic transmission is standard with the EcoBoost engine.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
According to the EPA, the Edge averages 22 mpg in combined driving when equipped with a V-6 engine and front-wheel drive. With AWD, the 3.5-liter V-6 returns 21 mpg while the Edge Sport is rated to get 19 mpg. Choose the turbocharged EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine, and the Edge’s fuel economy rating is 24 mpg.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says the Ford Edge is a safe vehicle, and gives the crossover SUV a “Good” rating in four of its five crash-protection tests combined with a “Basic” rating for front crash prevention. The IIHS had not assessed the Edge in the tough new small overlap frontal-impact test as this summary was written.
Based on crash tests performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Edge’s ratings are less impressive. Though the SUV gets an overall rating of 4 stars, frontal-impact crash protection is rated at 3 stars.
Ford offers a number of high-tech features for the 2014 Edge, ranging from MyKey programmable vehicle features to an Adaptive Cruise Control system with Collision Warning and Brake Support. Additional highlights include a Blind Spot Information System, Sync Bluetooth connectivity, a MyFord Touch infotainment system, a premium Sony audio system with touch-capacitive controls, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system with dual viewing screens, and Intelligent Access keyless entry with push-button ignition. And yes, Ford’s retro-tech Securicode keyless entry pad is also offered for the latest version of the Edge.
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