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2016 Ford Edge Walk Around


Second-generation styling modified the Edge’s SUV-type silhouette, giving it more of a premium appearance without altering its basic appeal. Body surfaces look as if they would be appropriate in a BMW model. Blacked-out detailing on the Edge Sport suggests a leaning toward athleticism that was previously absent.

All sheetmetal was reshaped for 2015, with each detail reworked. Designers altered the grille’s crossbars and went light on the chrome, for an understated theme. Fresh bodyside sculpting helped make the design a little lighter-looking. Wraparound taillamps, coupled with the prominent, sloping back pillars, give the Edge a touch of sport-wagon styling.

Interior

This latest version of the Edge has some of the best interior materials and trim in the class. The dashboard is nicely shaped and highlighted by abundant, well-coordinated soft-touch materials and neat detailing, making the cockpit feel welcoming and upscale. The cabin is quiet and refined, and quite versatile.

Front-seat positioning is fine, but cushioning and proportions in upper trim levels aren’t quite up to par. Bottom cushions are somewhat short and skimpy for adequate thigh support.

Interior functions are easy to operate: A large round knob changes audio volume. Climate controls are carefully identified. Buttons adjust the Titanium’s heated/cooled front seats. Edge also benefits from a reconfigurable instrument cluster, controlled by steering-wheel switches.

Getting in and out is easy, and the high seating position helps. Headroom is good, and the driver gets a good view ahead. Back-seat legroom and knee space should satisfy long-legged adults. However, that rear bench is somewhat hard and flat. Note: The Titanium model’s Vista Roof steals headroom.

Fold the seatbacks forward, and you get plenty of cargo space (73.4 cubic feet). Just about everywhere you look, storage space is available.

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