2012 Ford Edge Review and Prices
The 2012 Ford Edge is the best midsize crossover SUV for you if want a confidently styled five-seater that embraces forward-thinking connectivity and the latest in powertrain technology.
The 2012 Ford Edge adds Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder to its engine lineup in a plan to deliver V-6-grade acceleration with better-than V-6 fuel economy. The 2012 Edge is otherwise little changed after a midcycle revamp for model-year 2011. That update freshened the styling, retuned the engines, and introduced the advanced MyFord Touch infotainment operating system. Minor enhancements for the 2012 Ford Edge include new 18-inch low-rolling resistance tires and assorted aerodynamic tweaks to help maximize gas mileage.
Should you buy a 2012 Ford Edge or wait for the 2013 Ford Edge? Buy the 2012 Edge. Chances that the 2013 Edge will change much are slim, though it probably will cost more than a 2012 and put you one year closer to this crossover’s next full redesign, likely for model-year 2014 or 2015. Buying the 2012 Edge gives you more time to enjoy the current styling and features before they go out of date.
2012 Ford Edge Changes back to top
Styling: The 2012 Ford Edge receives minor exterior enhancements that include a new rear liftgate spoiler and new exterior side mirrors altered to help improve aerodynamics and, in turn, fuel economy. The changes do nothing to change the 2012 Edge’s overall look. It remains a rather blocky five-passenger crossover SUV but with a nice degree of visual impact thanks in large measure to a bold expression of Ford’s trademark three-bar grille.
In Ford’s lineup, the Edge remains sized and priced between the compact 2012 Ford Escape crossover and the longer seven-passenger 2012 Ford Flex. And it’s a more urban-looking alternative to the similarly sized Ford Explorer. Explorer, which was redesigned for model-year 2011, squeezes in a third-row seat and aims for more of a rugged-family feel with more traditional SUV looks and better off-road capability than the Edge.
Like all these Fords, Edge is a crossover SUV. That means it has car-like “unibody” construction in which the frame and body are configured as a unified shell. By contrast, traditional SUVs -- a dying breed -- utilize heavier truck-like body-on-frame engineering. That gives them additional durability and towing but at the expensive of ride comfort, handling, and fuel economy compared to a unibody crossover.
The 2012 Ford Edge’s interior is unchanged. The dashboard is trimmed in faux aluminum and is designed around the automaker’s MyFord Touch operating system that was developed in conjunction with the electronics company Sony.
The 2012 Ford Edge comes in four trim levels, with each incrementally adding features at increasingly higher prices. These are the base SE model, the volume-selling SEL, the luxury-oriented Limited, and the performance-minded Sport. Models equipped with the EcoBoost engine get slightly different lower-body trim. And the 2012 Ford Edge Sport stands apart from the rest of the line with a Tuxedo Black-painted grille, unique headlamp and taillight treatments, body-color front and rear fascias and door cladding, and oval chrome exhaust tips.
The Edge SE model rides on 17-inch wheels and tires. The SEL and Limited come with 18-inch rims and rubber, with 20 inchers optional on the Limited. The Edge Sport has some of the biggest wheels in the class with 22-inch polished alloys highlighted with black spokes.
Mechanical: Newly available on the 2012 Ford Edge is the 2.0-liter version of Ford’s EcoBoost four-cylinder that debuted in the 2012 Explorer. Here, the turbocharged and direct fuel-injected engine generates 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. (Consider torque the force behind acceleration and horsepower the energy that sustains momentum.) That output is similar to a V-6’s but the EcoBoost Edge’s fuel-economy ratings are on par with smaller crossovers that use less powerful four-cylinder engines.
Helping the cause, 2012 Edges with the EcoBoost engine also have active shutters situated behind the front grille. Also used in the Ford Focus compact sedan and hatchback, the shutters open when needed for engine cooling but close automatically at higher speeds to benefit aerodynamics and help boost fuel economy.
As in other Ford models where it’s offered, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four is a $995 option. In the 2012 Edge, it’s available only on SE, SEL and Limited versions and, unlike Edge’s V-6 engines, can be ordered only in combination with front-wheel drive, not with Edge’s available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system.
The standard engine in 2012 Ford Edge SE, SEL, and Limited models a 3.5-liter V-6. It’s again rated a respectable 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Exclusive to the 2012 Sport is a 3.7-liter V-6 borrowed from the Ford Mustang. Rated at 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, it furnishes quicker highway on-ramp acceleration and added passing abilities than the 3.5-liter version. Both V-6s utilize a technology Ford calls “aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff.” This saves gas by temporarily stopping fuel flow to the engine if power isn’t required, as when coasting at freeway speeds. All vehicle accessory and control functions remain active during the shutdown.
All 2012 Ford Edge models come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, though it features specific programming and shift strategies to suit each available engine. On SEL and Limited models, the transmission’s floor shift lever can be moved to an adjacent gate to facilitate manual-type gear selection. The 2012 Edge Sport has steering-wheel paddles and can summon manual-type gear selection without moving the floor lever from its main gate.
The 2012 Ford Edge comes standard with front-wheel drive. AWD is available on V-6 SEL, Limited, and Sport models. Edge’s rather basic AWD system normally operates in front-wheel drive and employs an automatic-engaging system to send power to the rear wheels as necessary to counteract front-wheel slippage. It works well to help keep this crossover moving in snow or up gravel driveways but it’s not intended for off-road trailblazing.
The 2012 Ford Edge delivers a reasonably smooth ride, solid highway-speed stability, and adequate handling, though it tends to feel a bit heavy around town. The specially tuned suspension and 22-inch wheels on the Edge Sport ratchet handling up a notch, though at the expense of a slightly rougher ride.
All 2012 Ford Edges include four-wheel disc brakes with antilock control. As now required by federal regulation, they also have electronic stability control. In this case, it’s Ford’s AdvanceTrac stability control system, which includes Roll Stability Control to help preserve control and prevent rollovers in sudden handling maneuvers.
Hill-descent control isn’t offered, but a hill-start assist function is included to help prevent rolling back when stopped on an uphill grade. And available trailer sway control feature helps maintain vehicle stability while towing. Maximum tow rating is 3,500 pounds for all Edges; that’s about average for a midsize crossover, though some do tow more, including the 5,000-pound-rated Explorer.
Features: The 2012 Ford Edge maintains its impressive list of fanciful and functional features and this year adds a 10-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment as newly standard on SEL and Limited models. Limiteds also add a 10-way power passenger’s seat as standard for 2012.
The high-tech MyFord Touch infotainment system is standard on the 2012 Edge Limited and Sport models and optional with the SEL. Designed in conjunction with Sony, this system was intended to help attract younger and more tech-savvy buyers. With MyFord Touch, a traditional analog speedometer remains at the center of the instrument cluster while the system eliminates most other gauges, dials, buttons and switches. Instead, MyFord Touch relies heavily on reconfigurable LCD displays. Small screens either side of the speedometer can be user-customized to display trip information (fuel economy, average speed, etc) and/or replicate a conventional tachometer and compass, among other things.
At the top center of the 2012 Edge’s dashboard, MyFord Touch utilizes an 8-inch touch-sensitive screen to display and control various systems. Aside from two analog dials on the center stack and a series of steering wheel-mounted controls, “touch points” on the dashboard replace buttons for such functions as adjusting the air-conditioning temperature and engaging the emergency flashers.
Ford has acknowledged that some buyers find the complex MyFord Touch system difficult to learn and distracting to use. Fortunately most of its operations can be executed by voice command via Ford’s excellent Sync system, which is optional on the SE and standard elsewhere in the line. Sync also affords hands-free calling via a Bluetooth-enabled phone, and users can select and play music from a USB-connected iPod or iPhone, among other features.
In addition to the MyFord Touch system with Sync, gadget lovers can equip the 2012 Edge with HD Radio that can receive higher-sound-quality signals where they’re available. It also allows a user to “tag” a song being broadcast and save the artist and title information to most iPods and iPhones for later purchase via the iTunes online music store.
Standard equipment on every 2012 Edge includes a CD audio system, air conditioning, power locks, mirrors and windows, keyless entry, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, and a capless fuel-filler. Also standard is Ford’s MyKey system to help parents encourage responsible teen driving and seatbelt use by limiting vehicle speed and audio volume.
All 2012 Edge models include torso-protecting side airbags for the front seats and head-protecting side-curtain airbags for both seating rows. Also available for safety’s sake is Ford’s Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert (BLIS). This warns of vehicles outside the driver’s field of vision or approaching from the sides when backing from a parking space or garage. Also optional is Ford’s Collision Warning with Brake Support. This works with radar-based adaptive cruise control to warn an Edge driver coming up too fast on an obstacle or traffic ahead; it also automatically prime the brakes to full force in anticipation of a panic stop.
Other standard or optional features, depending on the Edge model, include an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rearview camera for easier parking, leather upholstery, heated front seats, Ford’s Vista Roof panoramic sunroof, and a dual-screen backseat DVD entertainment system. The optional GPS navigation system features the subscription-based Sirius Travel Link to provide traffic and weather information, gas prices, and even sports scores and local movie times.
2012 Ford Edge Prices back to top
Prices for the 2012 Ford Edge remain close to model-year 2011 levels with a base-price range of $28,465-$39,650. (Base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s destination fee; Ford’s fee for the 2012 Edge is $825.)
The 2012 Edge SE starts at $28,465 and is available only with front-wheel drive. That prices the 2012 Edge in its most basic form higher than such five-passenger midsize crossovers as the Mazda CX-7 (about $23,000), Chevrolet Equinox ($24,260), or Toyota Venza (about $28,000), all of which come standard with four-cylinder engines.
The 2012 Ford Edge SEL is priced from $31,770 with front-wheel drive and from $33,800 with AWD. The 2012 Edge Limited starts at $35,625 with front-wheel drive and $37,475 with AWD. Base price for the 2012 Edge Sport model is $37,800 with front-drive and $39,650 with AWD.
Most midsize crossovers with four-cylinder engines are priced below comparable six-cylinder models within their lineups. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost, however, stands out against other four-cylinders in terms of power and technology and is priced as a premium powerplant. Choosing it instead of a base V-6 in the 2012 Ford Edge SE, SEL, or Limited models boosts the price by $995. And though most four-cylinder rivals are available with both front- and all-wheel drive, EcoBoost Edges are available in front-drive form only.
Among other key options for the 2012 Edge, adding Sync to the base SE model costs $295. A package on the SEL version that includes a rearview monitor and the MyFord Touch/Sync systems costs $750. The Blind Spot Information System paired with rain-sensing windshield wipers retails for $485. The navigation system costs $795. A moonroof on SEL, Limited and Sport models is priced at $1,595, with the dual-screen DVD player on those models selling for $1,995.
2012 Ford Edge Fuel Economy back to top
Final EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2012 Ford Edge weren’t available in time for this review, but Ford estimates put the Edge among the more fuel-efficient midsize crossovers.
The automaker pegs the 2012 Ford Edge with the EcoBoost 2.0-liter at a relatively frugal 21/30 mpg city/highway, 24 mpg combined city/highway. That’s roughly on a par with the less powerful four-cylinder engines found in rival crossovers.
Ford estimates a 2012 Edge with the 3.5-liter V-6 at 19/27 mpg city/highway and 22 mpg combined city/highway with front-wheel drive and 18/25/20 with AWD. These figures are competitive with much of the V-6-powered crossover competition.
Ford says the 2012 Ford Edge Sport model is rated at 18/25/20 mpg with front-wheel-drive and 17/23/19 with AWD.
Ford recommends 87-octane gas for all 2012 Edge engines.
2012 Ford Edge Release Date back to top
The 2012 Ford Edge went on sale in summer 2011.
What's next for the 2012 Ford Edge back to top
The 2013 Ford Edge traces its basic design to the vehicle introduced for model-year 2007 and freshened for 2011. Expect it to continue in its current form until its next full redesign, which will come for model-year 2014 or 2015. That second-generation Edge will migrate to Ford’s global midsize-car platform, along with the Ford Fusion sedan. That suggests the next Edge would be slightly smaller overall than the first-generation model, but also lighter and nimbler.
Reduced mass would help Ford follow the fuel-saving trend that favors advanced four-cylinder engines to do the work of less-efficient six-cylinders. The next-generation Edge could in fact be powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines, with a smaller-displacement or non-turbo unit joining the 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the line. If a V-6 is still offered, it could be limited
to the Sport model.
With Ford needing to boost its corporate fuel economy to meet stricter federal regulations that phase in over the next decade, EcoBoost fours and sixes will eventually become the norm in most Ford products, including trucks. A gas-electric hybrid version of the Edge, based on Ford’s Fusion Hybrid sedan, could also come to market, with a plug-in hybrid and even a full electric version possible.
2012 Ford Edge Competition back to top
Chevrolet Equinox: The current-generation Equinox was introduced as a 2009 model and has been a big success for Chevy. The 2012 edition of this five-passenger crossover continues relatively unchanged. Standard on most models is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with some 182 horsepower, 172 pound-feet of torque and fuel-economy ratings of 22/32 mpg city/highway, 26 mpg combined with front-wheel drive and 20/29/23 with AWD. The four is adequate for most duty, but most Equinox models are also available with a 3.0-liter V-6 with 264 horsepower, 222 pound-feet of torque and ratings of 17/24/20 mpg with both front- and all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Equinox performs well in most respects and looks good doing it. It offers an adequate assortment of amenities, but Edge edges it out in terms of high-tech features. A broader-shouldered though mechanically equivalent version is sold as the GMC Terrain. Equinox’s 2012 base-price range is $24,260-$31,700. Expect notable styling revisions for model-year 2013.
Nissan Murano: Like Edge, this five-seater chases the fashion-conscious crossover shopper who doesn’t need three seating rows and favors the sport side of the sport-utility image. Murano’s rounded styling is in sharp contrast to Edge’s square-cut shapes, and it’s slightly smaller on the outside but just as roomy inside. Murano comes with a choice of front-wheel drive or the sort of on-road, all-weather all-wheel-drive system Edge offers. But Nissan limits Murano to a single engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 that feels livelier than its listed 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque would suggest. That’s thanks in part to its successful mating with a continuous variable transmission (CVT) instead of a conventional automatic. Murano also weighs about 200 pounds less than the comparable Edge, and that helps feel lighter on its feet and more responsive in changes of direction. Fuel-economy ratings are 18/23/20 mpg with front- or all-wheel drive. Expect 2012 Muranos to be priced from just below $30,000 with front-drive and just above with AWD. The 2013 Murano is due major updates, and addition of a gas-electric hybrid version is possible for model-year 2014.
Toyota Venza: While Edge and Murano appeal to crossover buyers who still favor the flavor of a high-riding SUV, this lower-slung five-passenger wagon attracts those who like sleeker styling and appreciate the enhanced handling of a carlike ride height. The 2012 Venza features a roomy five-passenger interior with generous rear legroom and ample cargo space. Teamed with a superb six-speed automatic transmission, the base four-cylinder engine is surprisingly lively at 182 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque and fairly frugal at 21/27/23 mpg with front-wheel-drive and 20/25/22 with AWD. Also available is a strong 3.5-liter V-6 with 268 horsepower, 248 pound-feet and ratings of 19/26/22 with front-drive, 18/25/21 with AWD. Base-price range is roughly $28,000-$31,500.