The crossover SUV market is one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments in the country right now. This market segment was not that big a decade ago when the Ford Edge first made its way into your nearest Ford dealership. However, over the past ten years, things have changed and people want a crossover more than any other type of vehicle, not counting pickup trucks, of which the Ford F-150 is the most popular brand.
First Generation Ford Edge
The first generation was launched as a 2007 model year. Initially, there were three trim packages available—SE, SEL, and Limited—with the Sport package making its debut for the 2008 model year. The Edge was well-received because it provided a viable alternative to full-sized SUVs, minivans, and sedans while incorporating many of the features found in these vehicle classes.
The 2007 to 2014 model years received high safety rankings by both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In addition, the vehicle received numerous awards in various categories, including:
- 2007 Appeal Award from J.D. Power and Associates
- Best Car for Families Award from Parents Magazine
- Top Safety Pick from IIHS
- 10 Best Engines Award from Ward
The 2011 model year was a mid-cycle refresh with several enhancements and improvements. The exterior saw new wheels and trim package upgrades, while interior features were changed to reflect updated technologies like touch controls, as well as three new engines. Ford kept all four trim packages for the remainder of the first generation cycle.
Second Generation Ford Edge
The second generation Edge was released as a 2015 model year. Ford completely redesigned and redeveloped the Edge based on customer feedback, changes in technology, and improving safety ratings.
The NHTSA and IIHS safety ratings improved over the previous generation. This is in part due to Ford monitoring its crash test ratings from these agencies and making enhancements to obtain even higher scores. The NHTSA gave the Ford Edge an overall five-star ranking, and it also ranked five stars in all other crash tests except the Rollover test, where it scored four stars.
The second generation also offers four different time packages—SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. The Titanium package replaced the Limited package because car buyers during the previous generation liked the added features and options in the Limited so much that Ford decided to make it a mainstay trim package for the second generation.
The upgraded features on the Titanium package include:
- Leather Trim
- Parking Assist
- Dual Zone Air Conditioning Controls
- Heated Front Seats with Lumbar Support
- Upgrade Ford Sync Infotainment System
- Heated Mirrors
- Upgraded Stereo System
Whether you opt for the Titanium package or a different trim package, the Edge does offer fuel-efficient engines with some of the best fuel efficiencies for the crossover SUV segment, with an estimated 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway. To learn more about the 2017 Ford Edge or to take one for a test drive, please feel free to stop by Community Ford or call us at 317-831-2750 today!