2009 Ford Edge Sport AWDPosted on August 4th, 2009
Sport package gives Ford’s crossover more style plus enhanced performance
By Nina Russin
This year, Ford adds a Sport grade to its five-passenger Edge: the all-wheel drive crossover vehicle appeals to urbanites needing interior versatility and four-season performance. Ground effects and a standard rear spoiler give the Edge Sport a unique exterior, while available 22-inch wheels with Pirelli Scorpion tires add a huge footprint.
A sport-tuned suspension works with the all-wheel drive to enhance handling on twisting, two-lane roads. Inside, standard Ford Sync and ambient lighting appeal to tech-savvy buyers, with a downloadable hard drive and standard 911 assist.
Standard convenience features include Ford’s keypad keyless entry system, climate control, built-in compass, air conditioning, four 12-volt outlets, and a six-way power driver’s seat.
Test drive in Northern California
A four-day trip to Los Altos was the ideal opportunity to test the Edge Sport. Day trips to Palo Alto, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay offered up a combination of highways, surface streets, and challenging mountain roads.
Options on the test car include the 22-inch aluminum wheels ($1000) and a navigation system ($1995). The car’s monochrome black exterior is one of four available Sport colors: the other three are red, silver, and a limited edition Sport blue.
Power comes from a 265-horsepower V6 engine and six-speed automatic transmission. The Edge is a heavy car: curb weight on the all-wheel drive version is 4288 pounds. Its weight, together with the all-wheel drive limit gas mileage to an average 18 miles-per-gallon.
Vehicle mass also impacts the Edge’s performance on steep grades. The engine has plenty of power to muscle up the hills, but weight transfer is obvious in tight turns, despite the larger wheels. The six-speed transmission shifts a lot, but I was impressed by the lack of shift shock.
Four-wheel disc brakes with standard four-channel antilock braking stop the car in a firm, linear fashion. Engineers tuned the four-wheel independent suspension on the Edge Sport for better handling at speed. The car stays pretty flat in the turns, enhancing steering response.
The all-wheel drive system automatically transfers engine power from the front to the back, as well as side to side, to maximize traction. Ford’s stability control system includes anti-roll technology. Sensors monitor both yaw and roll motions, cutting engine power and using the brakes as necessary to prevent the wheels from coming unglued.
Because of its long wheelbase, the Edge’s turning radius of 38.6 feet isn’t particularly good. On the occasions that I had to make U-turns, I was barely able to clear the curb on a four-lane road.
Visibility out the front of the car is quite good, though large side mirrors create a blind spot when the driver corners to the left. Wide-angle mirrors embedded in the corners of the side mirrors give the driver a much better view of cars in the adjacent lanes. The blind spot mirrors also enhance visibility to the car’s rear corners, compensating for its thick D pillars.
The Edge’s two-tone leather interior appeals to buyers who want their car to reflect a personal focus on style. I found both the power driver’s seat and manual front passenger seat easy to adjust, with adequate lower lumbar support. A telescoping steering wheel allows smaller drivers to maintain a clear forward view.
The Edge is a wide car: something that doesn’t particularly help its performance on narrow roads. It does, however, enhance hip room in the second row. There is plenty of leg, head and hip room for the middle passenger. Unfortunately, the seatback isn’t particularly comfortable, since it incorporates a fold-down armrest for the outboard passengers.
Redundant audio and cruise control settings on the steering wheel minimize driver distraction. Ambient lighting in the footwells and around the cupholders is useful at night. I wish that designers had added lights around the gearshift as well: it’s hard to see when entering the car after dark.
Climate controls on the center stack are easy to reach from either front seating position. A 12-volt power point at the base of the center stack recharges portable electronic devices.
I am assuming that the navigation system in the Edge is similar to the one in the Ford Flex. But for whatever reason, I had difficulty with it. It was hard to enter the destination, and when I did, the system wasn’t able to calculate the route, posting a message that it was too short. Since the destination was a hotel ten miles away, this didn’t make sense to me.
The navigation screen doubles as an information screen for the audio system. Map graphics and audio information are easy to read.
There are ample storage spaces around the front passengers, including a large center console bin with removable two-part tray, a glovebox, and numerous open shelves. Two cupholders in the center console are large enough for twenty-ounce bottles. The front doors have map and bottle holders.
Up above, an overhead console includes dual reading lamps and a sunglass holder.
Brightly-lit gauges are easy to read in any light. Ambient fuel and engine temperature gauges are positioned between the speedometer and tachometer. A digital information display in the gauge cluster includes the odometer and trip meter.
Grab handles on the center pillars make it easier for second-row passengers to enter the car. Vents behind the center console keep the back of the car comfortable on warm days, while a 12-volt power point is within easy reach of rear passengers. Two cupholders in the fold-down armrest are big enough for water bottles. The rear doors have small map pockets.
Levers on the seat bottoms fold the second-row seats flat to extend the cargo floor. Buttons on the left side of the cargo area also fold the seats flat, making it very easy to load large items into the back. The Edge meets our bicycle friendly standards.
A standard cargo net that hooks onto pegs on either side of the cargo bay keeps grocery bags from rolling around. The spare tire is located under the cargo floor. A 12-volt outlet to the left of the liftgate comes in handy for powering extra lights or other electronic devices.
The Edge does not come with roof rails. When properly equipped the Edge has a towing capacity of 3500 pounds, meeting our minimum ALV standards.
All models come with front, side and side curtain airbags. Ford’s canopy curtain airbags are tethered to the sides of the car, to keep passengers from slipping between the airbags and windows in the event of a rollover. Ford’s standard warranty includes 3 years of bumper-to-bumper protection, and a five-year powertrain warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.
Ford builds the Edge at its Oakville, Ontario assembly plant
Likes: A stylish, versatile crossover vehicle with available all-wheel drive. Buttons in the cargo area make the rear seats easy to fold flat. Wide-angle inserts in the side mirrors enhance visibility to the sides of the car in traffic.
Dislikes: Side mirrors create blind spots when cornering to the left. Poor turning radius.
Model: Edge Sport
Base price: $35,605
As tested: $39,760
Horsepower: 265 Hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 250 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm
Antilock brakes: Standard
Side curtain airbags: Standard
First aid kit: N/A
Bicycle friendly: Yes
Fuel economy: 15/22 mpg city/highway
2 responses to “2009 Ford Edge Sport AWD”
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