The 2018 Edge: Ford’s Suburban SUV With an Edge
The 2018 Edge
The 2018 Edge is Ford’s stylish mid-size crossover that lines up between the smaller Escape and larger Explorer. It offers a great combination of ruggedness and polite manners for the city. The Edge’s athletic posture provides a great driving position with plenty of visibility. Fuel economy is solid across the board, even with AWD. Perhaps most importantly for the average crossover customer, there’s plenty of space for passengers as well as cargo. While that covers the basics, the 2018 Ford Edge has a lot of features to unpack. So, let’s take a look at some of the SUV’s greatest strengths.
And its five-star safety rating is only the start. It’s also equipped with the latest advanced safety technology. Of course, there’s a standard rear view camera. Ford also offers available Adaptive Cruise Control which allows you to set a cruising speed on the highway which adjusts automatically to keep you a safe distance from the traffic in front of you. When the traffic clears, your original cruising speed resumes automatically. But that’s just the beginning. Other autonomous safety features include:
- Forward Collision Alert with Brake Support
- Blind Spot Information System w/ Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keep Assist
What’s the Best Option?
For my money, the Edge SEL (starting MSRP $35,549) represents the best value in the 2018 Edge lineup. It has a reasonable base price and opens the door to the best options. It comes with the same 2.0L turbocharged engine as the base model, but, unlike the SE, SEL buyers have the option of upgrading to the 3.5L Ti-VCT V6.
However, the base engine has 245 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft. of torque and rarely feels strained. In my opinion, money is better spent on the Intelligent AWD which monitors individual wheel slippage and corrects it before you’ve even noticed. It’s a feature that comes in especially handy when the Saskatchewan winter hits… and then doesn’t leave for five months.
The Edge SEL also gets a better overall standard of comfort in the interior. Features like dual-zone climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheels, and heated seats are all standard. But you also get access to leather seats, premium audio, and SYNC 3.
Who Should Drive the 2018 Ford Edge?
The 2018 Edge is perfect for small families. It offers more space for passengers, car seats, hockey bags and whatever else you need to haul around. The headroom, legroom, and cargo space (2,078L cargo volume behind the first row) make the younger brother Ford Escape seem small.
Of course, the best way to find out if the Edge is right for you is to drive one yourself. So, stop by Capital Ford Lincoln today, or book a test drive in advance.