2012 Ford Edge

CARBARN | 2012 Ford Edge  | Twenty-two inch wheels. A chocolate bar shy of two feet, the 2009 Ford Edge Sport alloys has the size of manhole covers. Despite being made of aluminum, these wheels pull the eyes of onlookers magnetically. The big rollers are not everyone's cup of tea, but they're the defining feature of the Edge Sport - even the standard Sport model kicks it with 20s. Ford adds even more visual slickness to the Edge Sport with smoked lenses for the head-and tail-lamps That go along with an uncommonly tasteful bodykit. Surprisingly, the Ford Edge Sport is not a four-wheeled meat tenderizer. Ride quality is always a subjective land mine where one man's buttoned-down is another man's harsh, but the Edge Sport pulls off its outsized sneakers. The Sport is firmer than other Edge models, partly due to the tires matched with the 22s - high performance 40-series Pirelli all seasons sporting a 265 millimeter cross-section. To bolster its chance for success, Ford has set its suspension tuners upon the big CUV. The Edge's normal poise is there, with noticeably tight rebounding That keeps the ride motions on the well-disciplined side of firm.

Mechanically, the Edge Sport is not Terribly different from its other Brethren. The 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque this engine delivers That Will pull the 4,000-plus pounds around with snap Pls Satisfying the tachometer needle swings north. The Edge Sport's braking prowess is a bit of a letdown from the rest of the mechanical harmony. With Conestoga-sized wheels, the standard rotors and calipers Appear puny. The front-drive Edge Sport would save you some bucks and a little weight, and AWD does not figure to be as helpful in foul weather thanks to Those Those big wheels and steamroller rubber. If you live where it snows, a winter wheel / tire package for this vehicle would be money well spent.

In any weather, the Edge Sport's interior is a comfortable place to Spend time. It's an Edge SEL inside Otherwise, meaning attractively designed, nicely rendered, Mostly in good materials and long-haul comfortable. Most options are pre-ticked boxes for Edge Sports, but there are Airways to Spend $ 35.770 more than the base price of our AWD tester. Will buy the $ 1,995 Premium Package That nets you heated, power-operated front seats; climate control; a power liftgate; integrated garage door opener and heated mirrors with puddle lamps. The only other high-buck option is a rear-seat DVD system That puts screens in the headrests. All tallied, one can easily push the Edge market into waters infested with Exceptionally stiff competition.

The Edge Sport We borrowed from Ford was solidly in the low $ 40,000 s, with room to go. That pricing level sees the Edge Sport butting heads with a Lexus RX350 That carries a more luxe interiors - one possibly even optioned up with a premium package. Also puzzling is the fact That the Edge Sport fits in above the Limited trim levels, while offering less Actually off the bat.

The unique lower front and rear fascias and rocker panels are body color, larger exhaust tips are on the Sports, and of course there are chromey Those wheels, either as 20s or 22s. With the Edge Sport, Ford takes an already good vehicle and trims, tucks and tweezes it into something entirely more compelling. The Actual Reasons for the Edge Sport's existence Might Be murky - Perhaps Ford did not want Toyota to have a lock on the titanic wheels with its Venza.

The Edge Sport delivers a lot to like. We drove the Edge Sport all over the place while enjoying the change in attitude of these tweaks have wrought. It may not be a sports car or stuffed to the gills with bone-crushing horsepower, but the Edge Sport does live up to its badging with a touch more capability and discipline, and it adds a big Wallop of style inside and out that's unique Among blue-collar Detroit offerings.


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