2010 Ford Edge Review and Prices
Past and Future Reviews
The 2010 Ford Edge is the best midsize crossover vehicle for you if you want a roomy five-seat crossover SUV that plays the style card.
The Ford Edge hasn’t changed significantly since its model-year 2007 introduction. Its bold three-bar grille identified it as one of the first Fords to display the brand’s newest styling identity. The 2010 Edge is among the top-selling midsize crossover SUVs but also among the oldest in the class. As such, it carries generous manufacturer’s incentives and deep dealer discounts. The 2010 Edge comes in four trim levels: base SE, volume SEL, luxury Limited, and flashy Sport. The only engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 with 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque; Ford tunes the 2010 version for slightly improved fuel economy. Edge emphasizes the latest in automotive infotainment. Ford’s Microsoft-developed Sync information and navigation system is optional and can be ordered with the subscription-based Sirius Travel Link service that delivers a host of road, weather, traffic, and directional information. New for 2010 is a Limited Interior Appearance Package that includes specific Sienna leather seats and trim, dark brushed aluminum accents on the dashboard, and premium floor mats. Ford dresses up a version of the Edge for sale as the upscale Lincoln MKX.
Should you buy a 2010 Ford Edge or wait for the 2011 Ford Edge? While closeout deals will become riper as 2010 wears on, a heavily revised 2011 Edge slated to debut in fall 2010 may well be worth waiting for. It’ll have revised front-end styling and a new dashboard. It also could get a more-powerful V-6 and perhaps a turbocharged four-cylinder from Ford’s EcoBoost engine family. Ford confirms the 2011 Edge will be available with a next-generation communications and entertainment suite called MyFord. This replaces many analog gauges and dashboard buttons with multi-configured touch-sensitive computer screens. MyFord also promotes seamless integration of portable devices and will allow the Edge to act as an Internet hub – it can even read and compose Twitter “tweets” via voice control.
2010 Ford Edge Test Drive back to top
Interior: The 2010 Ford Edge carries its passengers in a spacious, quiet, comfortable cabin. The dashboard design is very plain but all gauges are easy to read and all switches are within easy reach of the driver. Outward visibility is good thanks to large windows. The interior is sprinkled with beverage holders, storage pockets and compartments, and multiple power points for mobile electronics.
There’s sufficient head and leg room front and rear to accommodate six-footers, though three adults will ride shoulder-to-shoulder in the back seat. The rear seatback is split 60/40 and folds flat for cargo-carrying flexibility. An auxiliary release allows it to be folded from a lever accessible from the rear of the cargo area. Edge’s back seat, however, doesn’t slide fore and after to maximize either passenger or cargo room; some competitors have this handy feature.
Torso-protecting front-side airbags and head-protecting curtain side airbags for both seating rows are standard. The curtain bags are designed to deploy both in side collisions and when sensors detect an impending rollover.
The 2010 Ford Edge comes standard with Ford’s Sync communications and entertainment system that encourages even newbies to interact with the various systems. It can, for example, retrieve a specific playlist or song stored on an iPod using simple menu-driven voice commands. Opt for the GPS navigation system and you can also order
Sirius Travel Link. This delivers a plethora of real-time data, including weather and traffic reports, sports scores, movie listings, and local fuel prices. Sirius Travel Link is a pay service, but a six-month trial subscription is included in the initial purchase price.
Other available 2010 Edge amenities include remote engine start, a rear DVD entertainment system, rear-parking proximity alarm, rearview camera, an oversized panoramic moonroof, and a system that allows occupants to change the color of the ambient cabin lighting.
Exterior: The 2010 Ford Edge is tastefully cast, with fairly uncluttered sheetmetal highlighted by Ford’s trademark three-bar front grille and a sharply raked windshield.
Since it’s not a particularly tall vehicle, ingress and egress is reasonably easy, even for shorter riders. Power operation for the lift gate is also available and is controlled by a dashboard button as well as from the remote keyfob.
The 2010 Edge Sport model spruces -- some say, clutters -- the exterior with an eight-piece, factory-installed, body-color aero-effects kit that includes a unique front air dam, side skirts, lower door caps, and a rear skirt. Adding to the Edge Sport’s “street cred” are shiny, oversized 22-inch polished aluminum wheels.
Driving: A few competitors offer a four-cylinder engine for those who favor fuel economy over sheer power. The 2010 Ford Edge comes only with a six-cylinder engine. Edge is among the heavier midsize crossover SUVs, but its 265-horsepowr 3.5-liter V-6 does a good job getting it up to speed, even with a full complement of passengers aboard.
The only available transmission is a sophisticated six-speed automatic that operates smoothly and efficiently.
Standard safety features include Ford’s StabiliTrak antiskid stability control to help keep the Edge planted to the pavement during extreme handling maneuvers. Standard are four-wheel-disc antilock brakes with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution for secure stopping power.
All 2010 Ford Edge models come with front-wheel drive. With the weight of the engine over the tires that also propel the vehicle, front-wheel drive provides decent all-weather traction. For added grip, all Edges except the SE model are available with all-wheel-drive (AWD). Edge isn’t an off-road SUV. Rather, its AWD system is designed to provide improved control on either wet or dry pavement. It automatically sends engine power to the rear axle as necessary to prevent wheel slippage and returns to front drive when traction is restored. The system can also distribute power side-to-side.
The 2010 Ford Edge maintains a fairly smooth ride over all but the deepest ruts or pavement imperfections. The lightest version weighs some 4,200 pounds, so the 2010 Ford Edge isn’t nimble enough to please a driving enthusiast, but it takes turns securely and with minimal effort. In addition to 22-inch wheels and tires, the Sport version includes performance-tuned suspension and steering hardware for incrementally tighter handling, but at the expense of a rougher ride than you get with other Edge models.
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Base-price range for the 2010 Ford Edge is $28,195-$36,545 (prices in this review include the manufacturer’s destination fee; Ford’s fee for the 2010 Edge is $775).
The SE model is the most-affordable entry and starts at $28,195. All-wheel-drive adds $1,850 to the sticker price of the SEL, Limited, and Sport models.
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The 2010 Ford Edge is rated at 18/25 mpg (city/highway) with front-wheel drive and 17/23 mpg with AWD.
2010 Ford Edge Safety and Reliability back to top
The 2010 Ford Edge performs extremely well in the government’s Five Star crash testing. It earns the maximum five stars for driver protection and four stars for passenger protection in frontal impacts. It receives five stars for side-impact protection for both the driver and passengers. It receives four out of five stars for rollover resistance whether configured with front- or all-wheel-drive; that’s a top rollover rating for an SUV.
For quality and dependability, the 2010 Ford Edge received a “better than most” rating for initial quality and an “about average” rating for expected reliability by J.D. Power and Associates, the leading automotive consumer survey firm.
2010 Ford Edge Competition back to top
Chevrolet Equinox: This handsomely styled five-passenger crossover is redesigned for 2010 and provides the basis for the new GMC Terrain and the latest Cadillac SRX. It boasts good overall performance with a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines and a standard six-speed automatic transmission, treats passengers to a stylish and comfortable interior, and offers a long list of family-minded features. Base price range is roughly $23,000-$30,500.
Hyundai Santa Fe: This U.S.-built crossover from South Korea’s Hyundai gets a mid-cycle update for 2010 highlighted by introduction of new four-cylinder and V-6 engines. Both engines get a six-automatic transmission, with the four-cylinder also available with a six-speed manual. Santa Fe is a solid choice, with lots of features for the money and cabin-materials quality on par with some luxury crossovers. One demerit: it’s a little light on infotainment bells-and-whistles for gadget lovers.
Nissan Murano: Like Edge, this five-seat crossover goes for the style-conscious buyer, but it also is more satisfying to drive than the Ford (that could change with the 2011 Edge). Murano comes only with a 265-horsepower V-6 and links it with an efficient continuously variable transmission in place of a conventional automatic. The CVT helps Murano achieve a good 18/23-mpg rating with either front- or all-wheel drive. Prices start around $29,000.