2014 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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Editor's note: This Car Seat Check is repurposed from our test of the 2013 Ford Edge, but our results apply to the 2014 model.

One of six participants in the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, the 2013 Ford Edge finished in the middle of the pack. However, it scored well in our Car Seat Check, thanks to its roomy backseat.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Two, but three child-safety seats nearly fit.

By Jennifer Newman | March 25, 2014 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 2012-13 Ford Edge

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 27,933 model-year 2012-13 Ford Edge crossovers equipped with 2.0-liter engines; only vehicles manufactured between Sept. 2, 2010, through April 25, 2013.

The Problem: Due to faulty manufacturing, a part of the fuel line housing could crack, leading to a possible fuel leak; this poses a fire risk. Ford said that as of November 2013, it is aware of 24 warranty claims related to a fuel leak. There have been no reported accidents, injuries or fires related to the recall, Ford said in a statement.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the fuel line for free.

What Owners Should Do: Ford will notify owners starting Feb. 28. Owners can call Ford at 866-436-7332 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 20, 2014 | Comments (5)

Ford Edge Concept: Up Close

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A couple miles east of the Los Angeles Convention Center, home to the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, I got a good look at the Ford Edge concept. Ford showed the concept, which should closely resemble the next-gen Edge, to journalists a day before Wednesday's press-conference bonanza.

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Like the current Edge, which design manager Kevin George called "very modern in its slab-sidedness," the Edge concept has a lot of sheet metal below the windows. George said Ford wanted to turn the "heavyweight boxer" image into a "sprinter" with the concept. It's sleek, but there's still a lot of perceived weight.

By Kelsey Mays | November 20, 2013 | Comments (0)

Ford Edge Concept at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Looks like: BMW X5 + Hyundai Santa Fe Sport + Ford grille
Defining characteristics: Hexagonal grille, LED lights aplenty
Ridiculous features: Self-parking via remote, nubuck leather dashboard
Chance of being mass-produced: Count on it; Ford says this previews the next-gen Edge

On the eve of the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Ford unveiled an Edge concept that likely gives a solid idea of what the successor of the midsize SUV will look like. Like many concepts, it boasts a tour de force of technology, from an obstacle-avoidance system that can brake and swerve around a potential collision — dubious as that may sometimes be — to fully automated parking that would allow you to pull up to a narrow parking spot, get out and let the car park itself, all at the push of a keyfob button. It does not, unfortunately, escape thugs with rockets or deployable metal spikes while you sit in the backseat.

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Technology aside, the Edge concept looks fairly close to production. Mechanical technology includes active grille shutters, engine shutoff at idle and adaptive steering that can change ratio and assist. The last is a technology popularized by BMW’s Active Steering and, no doubt recognizing the point, Ford marketing director Jacques Brent said it would be “the ultimate driving experience in terms of steering.”

By Kelsey Mays | November 19, 2013 | Comments (2)

Ford Updates Multimedia Systems, Again

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Ford’s latest update to its Sync and MyFord Touch systems aims to streamline voice recognition, enlarge on-screen buttons and simplify smartphone pairing. The updates also apply to MyLincoln Touch from Ford’s luxury division.

The Sync updates should simplify some of the system’s multistep voice commands, and MyFord Touch/MyLincoln Touch will get larger touch-sensitive areas along the four-quadrant home screen to reach specific menus (navigation or audio, for example), the Detroit News reports. Ford should unveil the free online download next week for Ford and Lincoln drivers with the system, the newspaper said.

It’s the latest in a string of updates Ford has sent to owners, either through mailed USB drives or online updates, for its MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch systems. The largest came in November 2011, when Ford tried to simplify the system’s fonts and reduce lag with a major software update. We tested the new system, and it didn’t live up to its billing.

The updates come as Ford weathers criticism — from ours to J.D. Power and Associates’ quality scores — over its touch-capacitive controls. The automaker announced in June it would bring more buttons to future versions of MyFord Touch and MyLincoln Touch that would follow the layout in Ford’s F-Series pickup trucks. That system retains most buttons, as opposed to the button-avoidant panels in the Explorer and Edge SUVs.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Ford Edge: Car Seat Check

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One of six participants in the $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge, the 2013 Ford Edge finished in the middle of the pack. However, it scored well in our Car Seat Check, thanks to its roomy backseat.

By Jennifer Newman | July 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: State of the Midsize SUV

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A lot has changed in the midsize SUV segment in the last 10 years. What once was a class dominated by truck-based models has given way almost entirely to car-based versions with a high seating position and styling that helped make SUVs popular, but offer improved ride and handling, fuel economy and interior space.

The class took a hit to its popularity around the first time gas prices reached $4 a gallon, but lately sales have been roaring back. Jeep's Grand Cherokee is Chrysler's second-best-selling vehicle this year after the Ram 1500 pickup truck, and it's a reason the joint venture with Fiat is booming. Ford's Edge, while not as successful as sister SUVs Explorer and Escape, still outsells Ford's largest and smallest cars, the Taurus and Fiesta.

By Mike Hanley | July 8, 2013 | Comments (11)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Ford Edge

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The Ford Edge was competitive in the midsize crossover class after its 2011 redesign, and while it has held up in some areas, others need work. Cars.com reviewer Aaron D. Bragman says that, as a family-hauler, the 2013 Edge continues doing its dutiful best with a standard 3.5-liter V-6 providing smooth, serviceable acceleration from stops or while passing — if not much fun through curves. Although some interior features are quite upscale, it lacks in areas like seat comfort — and let's just say we look forward to that promised MyFord Touch overhaul and leave it at that.

Click here to read how the Edge fared against several competitors in Cars.com's $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge.

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By Matt Schmitz | July 8, 2013 | Comments (0)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Meet the Family

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The family testers arrived at our Challenge with a history with one of the competing automakers, but they left choosing a different automaker's SUV. But it wasn't an easy or quick decision.

Midsize SUVs are all about family friendliness, so we called in a family of four to help us evaluate six SUVs in the Cars.com/USA Today/"MotorWeek" $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge. Brian and Melissa "Missy" Brown live in the Chicago suburbs with their kids, Zachary, 7, and Taylor, 6. Missy is an elementary school teacher, and Brian is a technical support engineer for Panasonic's biomedical division.

Along with our experts, Brian and Missy evaluated the 2013 Ford Edge, 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport, 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, 2014 Kia Sorento, 2013 Nissan Murano and 2013 Toyota Venza. Their evaluation scores helped determine the competition's winner.

By Joe Bruzek | July 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

The $38,000 Midsize SUV Challenge: Results

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A quick look again at our judges:

  • Aaron Bragman, Detroit bureau chief for Cars.com
  • Joe Bruzek, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • Mike Hanley, editor and car reviewer for Cars.com
  • James R. Healey, auto writer for USA Today
  • Ben Davis, producer for PBS' "MotorWeek"
  • Brian and Melissa Brown, our family judges for this Challenge

Here's how the score broke down: The experts' scores account for 75% of the total score; 15% from the family's scores; and 10% was based on fuel economy. To help you make your own comparisons of these SUVs, we've pulled together a list of what you get for $38,000.

By Patrick Olsen | July 7, 2013 | Comments (14)

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