Test Drive: 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD car test drives ford
2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD. Click image to enlarge

Review and photos by Jeff Wilson

Ford has really got its bases covered when it comes to crossovers and SUVs. At one end of the spectrum we find the small and agile Escape. From there, our test vehicle, the Ford Edge is next in line and size. Need a slightly larger package that can seat seven?  Maybe the Explorer is the choice for you. Or, if you’d like more fashion flare, the polarizing Flex might serve your needs. But if you’re hauling heavy loads, you’d better spring for the truck-based Expedition.

The point is, regardless of need or budget (from just over $21,000 to more than $60,000), the folks at Ford are happy to sell an SUV that suits you (and this is not even considering sister company Lincoln’s rebadged offerings). It can be a baffling process choosing your new Ford crossover, though, especially when you consider that between these models there are seven different engines available and nearly endless trim possibilities. Do consumers really need this many choices from one brand?

The Edge sits in a fairly unique spot in the market. Like its smaller Escape sibling, the Edge seats only five passengers, yet takes up more space in the garage than the Escape (approximately 20 cm wider and 15 cm longer). With the exception of Toyota’s Venza, most of the Edge’s direct competitors are longer still and can seat more people, or simply come with better brand cachet and a higher cost of admission.

Test Drive: 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD car test drives ford Test Drive: 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD car test drives ford
2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD. Click image to enlarge

Although lacking the third row of seating, the wheelbase and width are both very close to the Edge’s larger competitors. This provides a cabin with decent legroom and generous shoulder room on par with what the larger and heavier crossovers provide. Strangely, the rear seat base is mounted very low, providing inadequate thigh support, and despite this, rear headroom is cramped because of the giant sunroof.

Another downside to all the Edge’s spacious size is a vehicle that is more challenging to park than its smaller sibling, further hindered by its surprisingly large turning circle.

The test vehicle you see here is in Limited trim, featuring leather memory seats and upgraded infotainment capabilities. Starting at a hair under $40,000, our Edge is optioned up with a power rear liftgate, Blind Spot Monitoring, Navigation, Panoramic Roof, HID lights, 20-inch wheels and adaptive cruise control to bring the tally to over $48,000 once destination fees are factored in.  A not insignificant sum, but still quite competitive given the amount of kit included.

Test Drive: 2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD car test drives ford
2013 Ford Edge Limited AWD. Click image to enlarge

Ford has applied the same gauge cluster to the Edge that I’ve appreciated in recent Fusion, C-Max and Escape models. It enables the driver to customize the information presented. With little effort, I set up an economy and trip computer graphics on the left side of the speedometer, and my preferred radio channels to readily scroll through on the right. It’s a slick and thoroughly modern setup.

Ford has suffered a lot of grief lately for the complexity of its MyFordTouch and SYNC systems controlling climate and infotainment for its vehicles. It should be noted though, that my wife (who has never met an owner’s manual she hasn’t ignored) was able to effortlessly connect her phone, play music and work the navigation. In fairness, neither one of us delved into the system’s more advanced capabilities like reading our texts or giving voice commands to help solve world hunger – both of which I believe Ford suggests its system is capable of doing.

The large, clear touchscreen is easy enough to memorize that it required little more than a glance while driving to find and use most basic controls. However, having to drill down a few menu options to turn on the heated seats is mildly annoying when your buns are cold NOW.

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