Whether driving around town, or out of town for a vacation, the 2012 Ford Edge is more than up to the task. It comfortably holds five, with plenty of legroom for older teens and spacious captain chair seating for driver and front-seat passenger. And its entertainment options are flexible enough to please everyone — AM/FM radio, single-CD player, voice-activated SYNC, SiriusXM satellite radio and USB outlets.
It is definitely worth the upgrade to add SYNC with MyFord Touch for this vehicle. I love the ease of the MyFord Touch system. I can speak commands or tap the 8-inch screen located in the center of the dashboard without being distracted while driving. In fact, the Ford Edge won’t let you interact in ways that could detract from keeping your eyes on the road.
The Bluetooth wireless technology is very easy to connect with, making phone calls possible while keeping your hands on the wheel. And navigation, climate controls and information about the car are all accessible with a simple command. LCD displays on either side of the speedometer give the driver information immediately about everything from fuel economy to what song is being played on the radio to navigation and climate controls. The diplays are controlled by buttons on the steering wheel.
Climate is personalized for driver and passengers in the Ford Edge, and both front seats have heating at the touch of an icon. Other interior conveniences include two sizes of cup holders, easy access to storage, a 10-way power driver’s seat (including power lumbar and recline), class-exclusive paddle shifters, and 6-speed automatic transmission.
The Edge I drove was painted Ginger Ale Metallic. Other new colors include Mineral Gray Metallic and Cinnamon Metallic. The car has a black grille, oval chrome exhaust tips and aluminum pedal covers. It looks great and is built to be safe with roll stability control, a side air curtain that protects the first and second seating rows, dual-stage front air bags, side air bags and a front passenger sensor system. The blind spot mirrors that light up when another vehicle is nearby put me at ease while driving on the freeway in busy traffic. The Edge also has a rear cam and sensors that beep whenever you drive too close for comfort.
The Edge provides 32.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row of seats, and 68.9 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. That can fit a lot of groceries, luggage, a pet in its crate and other essentials for a family. It tows 3,500 pounds when properly equipped.
With an MSRP in the low $30,000 range, the 2012 Ford Edge is a great family crossover vehicle that is affordable as well as stylish.