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Old 08-23-2010, 03:51   #1 (permalink)
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2011 Ford Edge First Drive



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More power and fuel economy for refreshed Ford Edge, but the real story is MyFordTouch


The 2011 Ford Explorer might be getting all the public attention right now, but don’t let that fool you—Ford hasn’t forgotten about its Edge mid-size crossover.

NEW V6 ENGINES ADD POWER, FUEL ECONOMY

We’ll get to MyFordTouch in a bit, but first, some basics. The Edge will be sold in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited, and Sport. The SE, SEL, and Limited are available with a 285-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which gains about 20-hp over last year’s model. And later this model year, a 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder will join the lineup.

The Edge is available with both all-wheel and front-wheel drive, and Ford is claiming that fuel economy
is 19-mpg city/27-mpg highway on the front-wheel drive SE, SEL, and Limited models, and 18/26 for all-wheel drive. Sport models are rated at 18/25 with front-wheel drive and 17/23 with all-wheel drive.

The transmission is a six-speed automatic unit with manumatic shifting--Sport models offer paddle shifters.

Rather than share the 3.5-liter V6 with the rest of the lineup, for 2011 the Sport is powered by a 3.7-liter V6 that is borrowed from the Mustang pony car. In this iteration it makes 305 horsepower and 280 ft-lbs of torque. Other Sport goodies include 22-inch wheels and a sport-tuned suspension.

Available Edge features include a blind-spot warning system, Ford’s MyKey programmable key system, a rear-view camera, reclining second-row seats, a cargo area that can handle eight-foot long items, trailer-sway control, dual USB ports, RCA jacks, a memory card slot, Ford’s Sync infotainment system, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, Ford’s Easy Fuel capless fuel filler, satellite radio, wireless cell phone link, remote keyless entry, remote start, and a push-button start.
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