2013 Ford Edge Review and Prices
Past and Future Reviews
The 2013 Ford Edge is the best SUV for you if you want a contemporary five-passenger midsize crossover that embraces technology both under the hood and inside the cabin.
The 2013 Ford Edge is expected to carry over with only minor changes as it awaits a full redesign for model-year 2014 or 2015. Coming off a facelift for model-year 2011 and the 2012 introduction of the EcoBoost four-cylinder engine option, the 2013 Edge will remain a more urban cousin to Ford’s other midsize crossover, the seven-passenger Explorer. In addition to the turbocharged EcoBoost four, the 2013 Edge will continue with a choice of two V-6s and an impressive array of in-car connectivity opportunities, including the automaker’s Sync and controversial MyFord Touch multimedia control systems.
Should you wait for the 2013 Ford Edge or buy a 2012 Ford Edge? Buy the 2012 Ford Edge. There’s no point holding out for the 2013 model -- it isn’t likely to offer much in the way of updates. Buying a 2012 means you’ll own the current generation for an extra year – possibly two -- before the all-new Edge arrives with new styling that’ll make the current generation look old. You’ll also avoid the inevitable annual price increases.
2013 Ford Edge Changes back to top
Styling: The 2013 Ford Edge is unlikely to receive notable cosmetic alterations, aside from a possible expansion of exterior color choices and perhaps a new wheel design. It will remain a fairly upright, muscular-looking midsize crossover wagon highlighted by a bold expression of Ford’s three-bar grille. A tall roofline, relatively low step-in height, and a one-piece liftgate will again complete the profile.
Geared toward professional singles and sporty young families, the 2013 Ford Edge will continue to slot in the automaker’s crossover lineup between the compact Escape and the larger Explorer, which has more traditional SUV styling and is engineered with greater off-road abilities.
Passengers shouldn’t notice major changes to the 2013 Ford Edge’s interior. The dashboard will likely continue trimmed in faux aluminum, with the center stack of controls designed around the MyFord Touch operating system, which the automaker designed in conjunction with Sony. As before, cloth seats will come standard with leather upholstery available.
The 2013 Edge should again come in multiple trim levels, each bringing added features at progressively higher base prices. These will likely continue as the base SE model, the volume-selling SEL, the well-equipped Limited, and the higher-performance Sport. As for visual differentiators, the 2013 Edge SE will likely retain 17-inch wheels and tires, the SEL and Limited 18s, with 20s optional on the Limited. EcoBoost-equipped 2013 Edges will again have slightly flared rocker panels. And the 2013 Edge Sport will again be distinguished by a blackout grille treatment, special body-color fascias and door cladding, and specific 22-inch black-spoke aluminum wheels.
Performance: The 2013 Ford Edge should again offer a choice of two V-6 engines and a fuel saving four-cylinder. The SE, SEL, and Limited versions should continue standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 likely to repeat at 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Exclusive to the 2013 Ford Edge Sport should again be a 3.7-liter V-6 shared with the Mustang sports coupe and convertible. In the Edge Sport, this engine will likely continue at 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque for quicker launches and plenty of power on demand in highway passing situations. The 3.7 also features an automatic fuel shut-off system that saves gas when decelerating at highway speeds.
Optional on all 2012 Edge models except the Sport should again be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder version of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged and direct fuel-injected engine. The intent is to furnish the power of a V-6 but with more frugal four-cylinder fuel economy. In the Edge, the EcoBoost four will likely remain at 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Torque is the true force behind acceleration, and Edges equipped with the EcoBoost four get up to speed as quickly as Edge V-6 models.
Specifying the EcoBoost four should also continue to equip the 2013 Ford Edge with active shutters intended to improve fuel economy. Situated behind the front grille, these small flaps close automatically at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics. At lower speeds the shutters automatically open to help cool the engine.
Two qualifiers should remain associated with 2013 Edges equipped with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost: They’ll not be available with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and they’ll be priced some $1,000 more than the V-6 SE, SEL, or Limited models.
The 2013 Ford Edge will again be front-wheel drive in its standard form. Front-drive positions the engine and transmission in the nose of the vehicle for more efficient passenger-compartment packaging. And by concentrating weight over the tires that also propel the vehicle, it benefits wet-surface traction compared to rear-wheel drive. For additional traction in slipperier conditions, V-6-equipped 2013 Edge SEL, Limited, and Sport models will again be available with AWD.
Typical of AWD systems in most crossover SUVs, this one will again send power as needed to the rear wheels to help counteract tire slippage at the front. While it works well on rainy or snowy roads, Edge’s AWD system is not intended for off-road use. Ford fans looking for a crossover with at least moderate trail-blazing abilities ought to consider an Explorer; its AWD system includes the automaker’s sophisticated Terrain Management system.
A six-speed automatic transmission should again be standard across the 2013 Edge line, though Ford will continue to program it to make the most of each engine’s available power and help maximize fuel economy. All, however, will use a floor shift lever that will return with a separate gate for manual-type gear control on SEL, Limited, and Sport models. Edge Sports will also have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Overall, the 2013 Ford Edge should continue to afford a firm but smooth ride with solid stability at highway speeds and decent grip in turns. Don’t expect exceptional nimbleness, owing to a relatively high curb weight and heavy-feeling steering. The 2013 Ford Edge Sport, however, should again deliver crisper cornering courtesy of its sport-tuned suspension and mammoth 22-inch wheels and tires. The Sport’s downside has been a less forgiving ride quality that some buyers may not find to their liking.
All 2013 Ford Edge models should again come with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, along with Ford’s AdvanceTrac system that consists of antiskid stability control and Roll Stability Control to help prevent sideways slides that can lead to rollovers. Also certain to be included will be a hill-start assist function to help prevent the vehicle from creeping rearward when stopped on an incline. A trailer-sway-control optional should return to help maintain stability while towing and Edge’s maximum trailer limit should remain around 3,500 pounds – middling for the class.
Features: Though it’s approaching the end of its design generation, the 2013 Ford Edge will continue to offer an impressive list of standard and optional features, including a few connectivity and safety items that should remain leading-edge.
Primary among these will again be the MyFord Touch system that debuted in the model-year 2011 Ford Edge. It will likely again be standard on Edge Limited and Sport models and optional with the SEL. Designed in conjunction with Sony, MyFord Touch has attracted younger and more tech-savvy shoppers, though the automaker knows it’s also proved confusing to buyers more accustomed to conventional analog interfaces.
MyFord Touch supplants most gauges, dials, buttons and switches with configurable LED screens and dashboard “touch points” that provide little tactile feedback. Small screens flank a traditional analog speedometer and can be user-selected to display trip information (fuel economy, average speed, etc) and/or replicate a conventional tachometer and compass, among other functions. With MyFord Touch, most of the car’s systems and functions—including air conditioning, audio, and available navigation--can be operated via an 8-inch touch-sensitive screen with menu-driven displays.
Fortunately for tech-skeptical motorists, controls should again be located on the steering wheel for certain MyFord Touch functions, with most operations also executed and controlled by voice commands, via Ford’s Sync system. Sync should again be optional on the SE and standard elsewhere in the line. Users can also use Sync to engage in hands-free calling via a Bluetooth-enabled phone, and to select and play music from a connected (via USB) iPod or iPhone, among other functions.
Standard equipment on every 2013 Edge should again include a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, CD audio system, air conditioning, power locks, mirrors and windows, keyless entry, and a capless fuel filler. Ford’s MyKey system will likely remain standard to help parents set limits on teenage drivers by regulating maximum vehicle speed and audio volume to encourage seatbelt use.
Also returning as standard or optional on 2013 Edges, depending on trim level, will be such amenities as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera for easier parking, leather upholstery, and a dual-screen backseat DVD entertainment system. Include on this list a GPS navigation system that features the subscription-based Sirius Travel Link system to display traffic reports, weather information, and gas prices (local and en route), plus sports scores and local movie times.
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Prices for the 2013 Ford Edge weren’t announced in time for this review but expect them to increase only slightly over model-year 2011 levels. Estimated 2013 Ford Edge base-price range is $28,500-$40,000. (Estimated base prices in this review include the manufacturer’s destination fee; Ford’s fee for the 2012 Edge was $825.)
Again limited to front-wheel drive, the 2013 Edge SE should start around $28,500. That would continue to make it a pricier alternative to other five-passenger midsize crossovers, such as the Mazda CX-7 (about $23,500), Chevrolet Equinox ($24,750), or Toyota Venza (about $28,500), all of which should again come standard with four-cylinder engines.
Reflecting Edge’s upscale aspirations, other 2013 Edge models should also remain slightly more expensive than many V-6 rivals. Estimated base price for the 2013 Ford Edge SEL is $32,000 with front-wheel drive and $34,000 with AWD. Expect the front-drive 2013 Edge Limited to start near $35,750, with an AWD version at $37,750. Base price for the 2013 Edge Sport model is an estimated $38,000 with front-drive and $40,000 with AWD.
The 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine should again be optional on 2013 Ford Edge SE, SEL, and Limited models and be priced around $1,000.
Option prices should remain steady on the 2013 Ford Edge. Adding the Sync system to the SE version will likely cost around $300. A package on the SEL version that includes a rearview monitor and the MyFord Touch/Sync systems should cost around $750, while the Blind Spot Information System paired with rain-sensing windshield wipers will likely sell for about $500. Expect the navigation system to be priced around $800, with a moonroof on SEL, Limited, and Sport models priced around $1,600, and the dual-screen DVD player on those versions selling for about $2,000.
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EPA fuel economy ratings for the 2013 Ford Edge weren’t issued in time for this review but they should remain consistent with model-year 2012 figures.
This suggests a 2013 Ford Edge with the 3.5-liter V-6 should be rated about 19/27 mpg city/highway and 22 mpg combined city/highway with front-wheel drive and 18/25 mpg city/highway, 20 combined with AWD.
Expect the 2013 Ford Edge Sport model to be rated around 18/25/20 mpg with front-wheel drive and 17/23/19 with AWD.
A 2013 Ford Edge equipped with the EcoBoost four-cylinder will probably be rated at or about 21/30/24 mpg. That should again be on a par with many smaller compact-class crossovers than have far-less powerful four-cylinder engines than Edge’s turbo 2.0.
2013 Ford Edge Release Date back to top
The 2013 Ford Edge will reach dealers’ showrooms in late summer 2012.
What's next for the 2013 Ford Edge back to top
The Ford Edge was introduced for model-year 2007 and underwent a midcycle freshening in model-year 2011. It’s expected to undergo a full redesign for model-year 2014, though some sources hint the big change won’t come until model-year 2015. When it does, that second-generation Edge will be based on Ford’s global midsize vehicle platform, which will also provide the underpinnings for the next-generation Fusion sedan.
The next Edge will likely be a bit smaller than the current version but it will also be lighter and more nimble in the bargain. Styling, particularly at the front, could be even more dramatic-looking though the body will probably retain a similar “two-box” design. With Explorer and the niche-appeal Flex wagon furnishing Ford dealers with a pair of three-row crossovers, the next Edge almost certainly will remain a five-passenger SUV.
It’ll also repeat with a choice of front- and all-wheel-drive, and will likely offer a new selection of engines with increased fuel economy as a goal to help meet increasingly more stringent federal standards. Expect a powertrain lineup centered around four-cylinder engines. EcoBoost and non-turbo fours of around 2.0-liters displacement will be mainstays as standard or optional, depending on model. If a V-6 remains in the lineup, it would probably be exclusive to the next-generation Sport model or its top-of-the-line equivalent.
Ford’s committed to being a major player among providers of electrified vehicles and the next-generation Edge may be offered as a plug-in hybrid that can operate solely on electric power for a set limit, perhaps 20 miles or so, then act as a regular gas-electric hybrid to deliver 60 mpg or better. Depending on market demand and availability of remote charging stations across the U.S., the Edge could eventually also be offered in a full electric version that runs exclusively on battery power.
Also expect Ford to position the next-gen Edge as another leader on the connectivity and infotainment front. Possibilities include integration of a full-blown dashboard personal computer for Internet and email access -- at least while the vehicle is parked. Routine interfacing with Web apps via smartphone connectivity is probably a given. So is mobile Wi-Fi-hotspot status for connecting laptop computers and other portable devices to the Web. The optional backseat entertainment system could receive select TV channels, either by satellite transmission or via a mobile Internet service. Coming safety systems could take over control of the vehicle’s steering and/or braking to avoid a collision or at least lessen its effects.
2013 Ford Edge Competition back to top
Chevrolet Equinox: Chevy’s five-passenger midsize SUV is due a model-year 2013 freshening that should bring significant updates to the exterior styling, upgrade the interior, and add a few features like the automaker’s new MyLink infotainment system. The 2013 version could also see a readjustment of the Equinox’s powertrains to help boost General Motors’ corporate average fuel economy. The Equinox could offer the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine available in the Buick Regal as an upgrade instead of the current model’s V-6. It’s also possible that the 2013 Equinox could receive the GM eAssist treatment also given the 2012 Regal and the 2013 Chevy Malibu in which a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is gets a slight power boost from a small electric motor and automatically shuts down while decelerating and at idle. The 2013 Equinox will remain mechanically related to the GMC Terrain. Expect base prices to range from around $25,000-$32,000.
Nissan Murano: Also due some major updates for model-year 2013 that should bring altered styling and more features. This five-seat crossover should again appeal to Edge intenders by virtue of a sporty attitude in looks and performance. Look for an evolution of the rounded styling that’s served Murano well and for this Nissan to remain slightly lighter and smaller than the 2013 Edge, but with virtually as much passenger and cargo room. A choice of front-wheel drive or AWD will continue. And unless Nissan changes direction and begins to offer Murano with a four-cylinder engine, the revamped 2013 model should continue with a V-6 of around 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque. It almost certainly will also return with a continuous variable transmission (CVT) instead of a conventional automatic. Fuel-economy ratings could sneak ahead of the 2012 V-6 version’s 18/23/20 mpg with both front- and all-wheel drive. Expect base prices of around $30,000 with front-drive, $32,000 with AWD. A gas-electric hybrid version is possible for model-year 2014.
Toyota Venza: This roomy and comfortable wagon-like five-passenger crossover SUV is based on the Toyota Camry sedan. It should carry on unchanged for 2013 after receiving a modest cosmetic update for model-year 2012. It will remain a more curvaceous alternative to the Edge and more carlike than most rivals. Powertrain choices will likely remain a peppy and fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine with a stronger and smoother V-6 option. Front-wheel-drive should again be the base configuration with AWD available across the line. Venza’s suspension won’t be tuned to deliver the handling characteristics of the Edge or Murano, but its lower ride height does impart a welcome sense of stability. Look for a 2013 Venza base-price range of around $28,500-$32,000.