2011 Ford Edge Sport SUV Hands On

Posted: Dec 29 2010, 12:59pm CST | by , in Reviews | Cars & Vehicles


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Sporty SUV with lots of style

Today I am going to wrap up my time spent driving the new 2011 Ford Edge Sport SUV. The 2011 Edge has some changes compared to the 2010 that my wife owns visually and the 2011 Ford Edge Sport I had as a test car is about as loaded out as you can get in the Edge range. My test car was fully loaded with all rapid spec 400A package, the optional 22-inch sport wheels with P265/40R22 tires, the vision package, blind spot monitoring system and the driver's entry package.

The car had nice looking leather seats in a subtle black and silver color scheme and the interior was decked out with the new MyFord Touch system that had an analog speedometer and digital gauges that can be adjusted. Thankfully, the entertainment system of the 2011 Ford Edge Sport uses more normal buttons and controls than the Lincoln MKX I reviewed before that gave me such fits with only touch controls.

My test unit had the 3.7L V6 engine, all-wheel-drive, and the 6-speed auto transmission with paddle shifters behind the wheel. This transmission is what the Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKS should have had. It uses paddles that only pull one way with the right side for up shifts and the left for downshifts. This is a much easier system to use than the SHO with paddles on each side of the wheel that handle both up shifts and downshifts.

The transmission still takes about 500rpm to shift into the next gear so you have to plan shifts accordingly. Considering the size of the SUV, it has decent performance. It doesn't feel all that different on the road than the 2010 Edge my wife drives. That's not a bad thing at all, the SUV is quiet and rides very well. We made great use of the heated seats with the cool weather around Texas right now and the car was great for family trips to see Christmas lights and family events.

I still wonder why Ford puts rear seats in the Edge that have push buttons to put the down automatically from the hatch, but you have to manually flop the seats back into place when you are ready to put them back up. It seems like the seats should have automatic controls for lifting them back up as well. My test car had the dual sun roofs and they let in lots of light to brighten the interior up.

The Ford blind spot monitoring system continues to be my friend, especially in a SUV that has significant blind spots. The 2011 Ford Edge Sport also has the Sync system for controlling your phone and interfacing with the car entertainment and nav system.

I mentioned the MyFord Touch system a bit already. It has adjustable gauges that are digital on the left side that allows you to pick things like the fuel gauge, mileage and a lot more. Since the 2011 Ford Edge Sport is AWD, you can also get a graphic that shows the power distribution to the wheels at any given moment. The right side allows you to navigate the functions of the navigation and entertainment system.

On the road the 2011, Ford Edge Sport rides well and has little road noise. The SUV handles well, though it has significant body roll in corners. I really like the 22-inch wheels that the sport version of the Edge uses. They look really good on the car and don’t make the ride any harsher than 20-inch wheels on the Edge I own. The paperwork on the 2011 Ford Edge Sport I tested from Ford lacked pricing data for my test vehicle. The sport version starts at $36,220. Considering this car had all the options it will be more than that amount. If you want an SUV that has a sporty feel and lots of nice features the 2011 Ford Edge Sport is a great option.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
Shane can be contacted directly at shane@i4u.com.




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