The sheer numbers of crossovers and SUVs currently available shows just how popular this segment is, but if you’re looking for a midsize crossover that isn’t a minivan wannabe, then the 2017 Ford Edge Sport is the place to start. While most of the midsize CUVs out there are aimed squarely at families with three rows of seating and car-like looks, the Ford Edge is in more of a niche segment focusing on style, performance and versatility.
Competing against vehicles like the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano, the Ford Edge already stands out with its bold design. Kicking things up a notch, the 2017 Ford Edge Sport is unlike the myriad of blacked-out appearance packages with a potent engine to back up its aggressive looks.
2017 Ford Edge Exterior:
From its angular grille to its full-width LED taillights, the 2017 Ford Edge Sport looks great from every angle, and the blazing orange Canyon Ridge Metallic paint takes the styling to another level. Paired with the blacked-out accents and the optional ($995) 21-inch wheels, this Edge Sport has a slight custom look to it, which is another selling point if you’re looking to stand out in a sea of crossovers. Like the Explorer Sport and Fusion Sport, the 2017 Ford Edge Sport also adds smoked headlights and taillights for a more sinister appearance, while unique front daytime running lights and integrated exhaust outlets (with a brushed metallic finish) complete the sporty vibe.
2017 Ford Edge Interior:
Inside the 2017 Ford Edge Sport, the sporty theme is continued with ebony perforated leather seats accented by suede inserts. In addition to being part of the Edge Sport’s aesthetics, they also provide a little extra grip to keep you in place during cornering. Other stylish cues inside the Edge Sport include fake carbon fiber trim, piano black accents and illuminated door sills. This tester was fitted with options including heated and cooled front seats, heated outboard rear seats, navigation, enhanced active park assist, a 180-degree front camera and Ford’s innovate inflatable seat belts.
Styling and technology are huge plusses for the interior of the 2017 Ford Edge Sport, but the Edge really excels when it comes to spaciousness. Style-driven vehicles are often limited in cabin space just due to the nature of creating a sleeker body, but the Edge actually beats out its closest rival – the Murano – with more passenger space and cargo volume. Unlike some crossovers, the Edge is a true five-passenger vehicle with enough space to comfortably seat three adults in the rear bench. When cargo space is needed, the seats easily fold down – including a power button in the cargo area – to create an almost-flat load surface.
2017 Ford Edge Powertrain:
The Edge is available with three different engine options, but if you’re looking for max performance, the 2017 Ford Edge Sport packs the most punch. In fact, with its exclusive 2.7-liter EcoBoost twin-turbo V-6 cranking out 315 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, only the Hemi-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee is more powerful in a head-to-head matchup. Regardless of engines, all 2017 Ford Edges utilize the six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, which in the case of the Edge Sport provides a healthy balance of sportiness and efficiency. The Edge Sport has EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway**.
To back up the name, Ford upgraded the 2017 Ford Edge Sport to include a firmer suspension, which makes this 4,081-pound CUV surprisingly nimble in corners, while the Sport’s standard Intelligent AWD system improves overall handling. One thing that is instantly apparent about the 2017 Ford Edge Sport is how quiet it is on the road. All 2017 Edge crossovers have an acoustic laminated windshield, but the Sport gets acoustic front door glass and active noise control for a whisper-quiet cabin. Finally, all versions of the 2017 Ford Edge come with a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds.
2017 Ford Edge Safety:
The 2017 Ford Edge received a five star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Edge Sport comes standard with a full set of airbags including knee airbags for both front occupants. This tester also included optional safety features such as the adaptive cruise control ($1,150), Blind Spot Info System (BLIS), Lane Keeping System and the inflatable seat belts. The inflatable seat belts do bring some added safety with a relatively small cost ($195), but they can be a bit complex to buckle for younger kids in booster seats.
2017 Ford Edge Overall:
In the world of midsize crossovers, there really isn’t anything else like the exciting 2017 Ford Edge Sport. This sporty crossover is roomy, fun to drive and looks great! The base point of entry for a 2017 Ford Edge is $28,950*, but if you’re looking for a little extra style and performance, the Edge Sport is priced starting at $40,900*. With its added safety and tech content, this 2017 Ford Edge Sport carried an as-tested price of $46,980.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Ford dealership and test drive the 2017 Ford Edge today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.