Ford Edge
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Overall

One of Ford’s most popular tall wagons thanks to smart balance of utility, technology and styling.

Drivetrain

Base 285-horsepower 3.5-liter V6; optional 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 in the Sport; 240-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder; all use six-speed automatic transmissions.

Can less really be more? Amazingly, the Ford Edge is one of the larger tall wagons around that can be downsized under the hood with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This optional 2.0-liter “Ecoboost” engine makes 240 horsepower, down 45 on the base 3.5-liter V6, but it does have more torque, so it’s not much slower. Fuel economy is claimed to be two to three mpg better using the same six-speed automatic transmission, but the EcoBoost is only available with front-wheel drive. Interestingly, it actually costs more money to get the four-cylinder: about $1,000 more at each trim level than the base V6. It’ll be up to you to weigh the possible gains in fuel economy against the extra cost. The Edge Sport retains its 305-horsepower 3.7-liter V6 as well as its 22-inch wheels (17-20-inchers come on other trim levels), sharper suspension, lower body cladding, unique black leather interior and paddle shifters that rev match the downshifts (to maintain vehicle stability) for its six-speed automatic transmission. The option sheet is headed by the MyFord Touch voice- and touch-screen-activated controls that replaces most of the traditional instrumentation with two 4.2-inch diagonal screens positioned on either side of the speedometer, plus one eight-inch screen in the center stack. Together with a game-controller-style “smart” button on the steering wheel, MyFord Touch manages a variety of climate, communications, navigation, infotainment and other vehicle functions in a fairly intuitive fashion and without the usual buttons and switches littering the control area. The system also includes the ability to transform the car into a Wi-Fi hub, and it’ll even read out incoming text messages to help you keep your eyes on the road.

Base price (incl. destination): $28,600
Type: Four-door tall wagon
Base engine (hp): 3.5-liter DOHC V6 (285)
Optional engines (hp): 3.7-liter DOHC V6 (305); 2.0-liter DOHC I4, turbocharged (240)
Layout: Front-engine, front- /all-wheel-drive
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
MPG (city/hwy): 19/27 (V6 FWD)
Safety: Front airbags; side-impact airbags; side-curtain airbags with rollover protection; anti-lock brakes; stability control with anti-rollover software
Weight (lb.): 4,080