Which is better--a car or an SUV? That question is still being asked every time an automotive consumer sets his sights on purchasing a vehicle. And up to this day, the answer to that question still varies. Although in recent years, fewer and fewer consumers have asked that question. It's not because the inquiry has been finally resolved, but rather because of the rise of another type of vehicle--the crossover. Crossovers possess the drivability and comfort of a regular car and the size, space, and rugged good looks of an SUV. Basically, they have the best of both worlds. The Ford Edge is one such vehicle.
2006-2010: The Early Years
The world got its first glimpse of the Ford Edge in Detroit's 2006 North American International Auto Show. And right from the onset, the Edge already created a major buzz because of its sleek and sporty exterior. It didn't take too long before the production of the vehicle began in the same year.
The Ford Edge was based on the Ford CD3 platform, the same one used by several Mazda cars and Lincoln crossovers. It was offered in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and SEL Plus. The SE, which was the most basic trim level, included standard automotive features such as air-conditioning, cloth seats, and an AM/FM stereo that featured a CD and an MP3 player. The SEL took the Edge up a notch as it boasted of a power driver's seat, premium cloth seats, a deluxe sound system, and bigger aluminum wheels. Of course, the SEL Plus tops the previously mentioned trims as it added dual automatic climate control, leather upholstery, and a power passenger seat. All trim levels were powered with a 2.0-L Ecoboost inline-four engine that was paired to six-speed automatic transmission. They were also all available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations.
2011: The Revamp
While the Ford Edge did remarkably well during its early years, the growing number of crossovers in the market has made the Edge less of a standout in the succeeding years. For that reason, Ford decided that an overhaul is necessary in order to maintain--and improve--the Edge's standing in the crossover market.
The face-lifted Edge was officially launched in 2011. Its latest incarnation featured a new front fascia, bumper, and wheels. The interior received the same treatment as better materials were used for its components. Aside from aesthetic modifications, the Edge also had a new set of engines, upgraded brakes, and an improved suspension system. With those, the Edge reclaimed, well, its edge in the crossover market.