Re: New Ford Edge, Thoughts?
The Edge is actually very popular and for good reason. Ford seems to have done a pretty good job on it. It looks good, it's has nice space, the power and towing are good, and it has the SUV feel without being huge (which can be a hassle in certain situations).
If you are looking to go "up" from a compact sedan and one of the main reasons you're quoting is "kids" and "active," then consider looking closely at the Ford Escape. Some important differences:
- The Escape starting MSRP is $22,7k. That's $5k less than that of the Edge!
- Still seats 5 (although maybe a bit tighter) like the Edge.
- Still tows 3,500 lbs. like the Edge.
- MPG is 23 on the Escape vs. 19 for the Edge. That will add up QUICK.
I would test drive both. It might be hard to justify the extra $5k on the sticker for the Edge. With the money you save one purchase (far more than $5k if you're doing payments) and fuel cost, you will have more to spend doing stuff with the kids - going out of town, camping, etc. Otherwise, it may be hard to turn down the Edge which is a lot slicker and a bit more roomy.