Ford has just released the official EPA rated fuel economy numbers for the 2011 Edge and it appears as though the American automaker is living up to its promise to be a fuel economy leader. Well, almost.
Equipped with its new standard six-speed automatic transmission, the 3.5-liter V6 is now rated at 19-mpg city and 27-mpg highway, slightly higher than its mechanically-similar Lincoln MKX cousin. These numbers best the Honda Accord Crosstour and Toyota Venza, which are rated at 18/27-mpg and 19/26-mpg respectively. Interestingly, however, the combined rating of 22-mpg is just short of the Hyundai Santa Fe which is rated at 23-mpg (20-mpg city, 26-mpg highway).
That hasn't stopped Ford from boasting "top fuel economy" in its press release. Seems like yet another automaker has underestimated Hyundai. Then again, Ford would probably argue that the Santa Fe isn't a competitor.
As for the new Edge Sport model, it retains its 18/25-mpg rating from last year, although with the addition of 40-hp thanks to Ford's new 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine. That powerplant makes 305-hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque in the 2011 Edge.
What Ford hasn't released yet are numbers for the 2.0-liter Ecoboost engine, which we expect to top 30-mph on the highway. Then the Edge will truly have best-in-class fuel economy.
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