2011 Ford Edge Limited
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2011 Ford Edge

With increasing competition from popular mid-size crossovers like the Hyundai Santa Fe, Toyota Venza and Kia Sorento, the Ford Edge, first introduced in the 2007 model year, has been given some needed design and technical upgrades for 2011.

Styling changes include a larger, deeper chrome grille (body-colour on Sport models), new headlights and taillights, and new larger 18-inch wheels and tires on SEL and Limited models – all of which make it appear generally more imposing (particularly the Sport model with its 22-inch wheels and tires).

Inside, a totally new high-tech electronic instrument panel will have you wondering if you’ve been teleported to the deck of the star ship Enterprise. It features a large eight-inch (diagonal) centre touch-screen and smaller 4.2-inch displays on either side of the central speedometer with touch-activated and voice-activated control of major functions like audio, climate, navigation and vehicle information. The screens remain dark until the ignition is turned on, lighting up like electronic displays in an Airbus A330.

2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited
2011 Ford Edge Limited. Click image to enlarge

The Edge’s cabin is also quieter due to increased sound insulation, new sub-frame mounts, thicker windshield glass, and aerodynamic improvements, adding to its overall comfort level.

For 2011, there’s a choice between a more powerful and fuel-efficient 3.5-litre V6 (SE, SEL, Limited), a new 3.7-litre V6 (Sport), and soon, a new turbocharged 2.0-litre “EcoBoost” four-cylinder engine (late arrival) that Ford claims will offer 10 per cent better fuel efficiency than its V6, but class-leading power.

A six-speed automatic transmission continues to be standard equipment but it now has a manual shift mode (except base SE models), with paddle shifters on Edge Sport models.

As well, the 2011 Edge has a revised suspension and larger tires for better handling, improved brakes with emergency Brake Assist, new Hill Start Assist to prevent rolling back on hills, new Trailer Sway Control, and new optional Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Brake Support that maintains a preset distance to the car in front and pre-charges the brakes when a sudden stop is necessary.

Though not completely redesigned, there is little about the 2011 Edge that hasn’t been changed, and this is evident in the way it drives and operates. Those upgrades were enough for the Automobile Journalist’s Association of Canada (AJAC) to name the Edge its “2011 Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.”

Driving impressions

Improvements to the 2011 Edge’s standard 3.5-litre DOHC 24-valve V6, primarily variable camshaft timing, have boosted horsepower and torque to a class-leading 285 and 253 respectively, up from 265 and 250 in 2010. Though it weighs a hefty 1935 kg (4,266 lbs), the Edge AWD will scoot from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, according to tests by AJAC.

New for 2011, an optional 3.7-litre V6 in the Edge Sport model (borrowed from the Mustang) pumps out 305 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque for even quicker performance.

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