Re: Prospective Edge Buyer - MPG Questions
You don't want a turbo. Ford means well but all the eco engines I've seen tested haven't even met the city rating in combined driving. If you need a midsize SUV there are better options. The GM Equinox comes to mind and gets a real works 27mpg with the 4cylinder & 6 speed auto from the last test I read. It beat other similarly sized SUVs although it's one of the worst performers in terms of engine HP and acceleration.
The Ford Escape base 2.5L is decent for what it is and will beat 25mpg combined if you drive it mostly highway. Most smaller SUVs are driver based, with smaller back seats than similar sized SUVs of yore as manufacturers try to better driver and front passenger comfort.
Also keep in mind that in 2008, the EPA highway rating started to test vehicles at 60mph. Pre 2007 vehicles were tested at 55mph to obtain the highway mpg rating. Most highways are 65mph+ so it's best to take the city mileage number as your combined rating.
'00 Durango R/T 360ci 290hp (modded); 138,500m
'06 Pontiac G6 GT 3.5L 220hp; 44,000m
'12 Chrysler 200 Limited 3.6L 283hp; 13,000m
'99 Taurus 3.0L 2V Vulcan 145hp; 154,300m - Traded
Amsoil in all vehicles!