In the past few years, consumers have been flocking to crossover vehicles that provide SUV functionality with sedanlike handling characteristics. A good example is the slickly styled Ford Edge. The midsize Edge is strictly a five-seater, as it doesn’t offer a third-row seat. Otherwise, Ford’s performance and features closely match competing midsize crossover SUVs.
Our initial opinion on the Edge was lukewarm, as we had a few reservations about braking performance and cabin materials — for the most part, a used Edge will be a competent, though not standout, choice for a crossover SUV. The current generation, which debuted for 2011, however, is much more impressive thanks to freshened styling, more power, a revised interior and new features.