Let me just sum it quick. It keeps all the size, space, driving position plusses that makes the Edge popular.
The new interior is light years more attractive, has way better quality, and is more functional. The new steering wheel has great layout with its buttons to control nearly everything on the vehicle.
The Edge drives quieter and tighter now. Not any more sporty, but it does feel lots less junky than the first gen.
Really this review is based on the engine......people say it's underpowered in the Explorer etc.
Here is what i found........seems like a wee bit underpowered, but the power delivery is liquid smooth and the engine is smooth top to bottom. From a dead stop, the take off is a lot better than roll on. In fact, what is strange is that there is a little turbo lag (that doesn't really feel like turbo lag per 'se) and a delay in tranny aggressiveness....that it almost feels CVT like in some ways. Floor the gas in the roll on condition, and the rpm climbs to 4 or 5 thousand rpm and it seems like there is overall wait for the acceleration to kick in. There isn't really any engine drone....it's liquid smooth. And cabin noise is very quiet. It just has a power delivery like you may have sampled on a lot of small displacement Euro cars. The rpm goes up, no drama, the engine is smooth, there are just no bursts in power. Then, likewise, you are cruising 70-80 mph without noticing. And it's totally smooth.
As a daily driver with a lot of stoplights and if you like acceleration, you'd want to stick with the v6. But I could see where for many folks this engine would be adequate in power and a delight in running characeteristics.
If you never saw a turbo badge, you'd have NO idea it was a turbo underhood.
The package of the Edge is winning. Size, space, driving position, interior ambience.......only the slight pokiness of the ecoboost knocks it off the A perch (and most folks won't care). B+. If the Ecoboost was a 2.3 and had another 30hp/tq I think it would be a solid A.
2.3 AWD ecoboost Edge with 300 pounds less would be perfect.
Cool storage space in front of the front face of the console is clever (new Fusion will have also).
Edited by regfootball, 07 August 2012 - 04:27 PM.