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Review of the 2013 Ford Edge
IntroductionFord takes Edge to a whole new level for the 2013 model year with three new powertrains, two new transmissions, a bold new exterior design and a completely new interior. The all-new 2013 Ford Edge comes with class defining style and revolutionary technology offering customers even more of what they love. The Edge is all set to rule the road with its industry-exclusive MyFord Touch system. It is available in SE, SEL, Limited and Sport trims. The 2013 Ford Edge comes with a list of twelve class-exclusive standard and available features and technologies including SYNC; Easy Fuel (standard); SecuriCode keyless entry keypad; Blind Spot Mirrors (standard); MyKey (standard); AdvanceTrac with RSC (Roll Stability Control, standard); Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support; Cross Traffic Alert; and 22-inch wheels and paddle activation on the Sport.
Exterior Design and Special FeaturesThe Edge SE trim is well equipped with cloth-trimmed seats, single-zone manual air-conditioning, MyFord with 4.2-inch color LCD displays in cluster and center stack with 5-way steering wheel controls and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels. The SEL gets unique cloth-trimmed seats, 6-way driver's seat, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise control, 5-way switch pads and secondary audio controls, 18-inch painted aluminum wheels, reverse sensing system ad supplemental parking lamps. The Limited rolls on 18-inch chrome-clad aluminum wheels and is equipped with leather-trimmed seats, 10-way heated power driver's seats, Sony Audio System with High Definition radio with 12 speakers in 10 locations, MyFord Touch with driver configurable 4.2-inch color LCD displays in cluster and 8-inch color LCD display in center stack, SYNC system with media hub with USB ports, SD card reader and video input jacks, rear view camera and six-way heated power, fold-flat front passenger seat. The top of the line Sport trim sports unique Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seats with Silver Smoke Metallic inserts, 22-inch polished aluminum wheel with Tuxedo Black spoke accent, body-color front and rear lower fascia, 4-inch chrome oval dual exhaust tips and body-color side lower cladding and rocker molding. The 2013 Ford Edge comes with available iTunes Tagging which provides customers with the ability to "capture" a song they hear on the HD Radio receiver for later purchase from iTunes.
EngineOn regular fuel, the Edge's 3.5-liter V6 engine produces 285 horsepower and 253 ft.-lb. of torque while the Edge Sport?s 3.7-liter Twin-independent Variable Cam Timing (TiVCT) V6 engine delivers 305 horsepower and 280 ft.-lb. of torque. Both engines are teamed with a six-speed automatic transmission. The SelectShift Automatic transmission is standard on the Edge SEL and Limited series, with class-exclusive paddle activation of the SelectShift standard on the Edge Sport. A new 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine is mated to a six-speed transmission delivers 15 percent fuel economy improvements over the current 3.5-liter V-6 engine offering the performance feel of a six-cylinder.
SafetyThe 2013 Ford Edge is equipped with a lot of modern safety features. The Hill Start reduces rollback on hills and the Trailer Sway Control for greater towing stability when equipped for trailer tow. The standard safety features includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC), anti-lock brakes, dual-stage front airbags in the Personal Safety System and seat-mounted side airbags for the driver and front passenger and the Safety Canopy side curtain airbags for outboard-seated passengers in both rows. The available segment-first Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Support reduces speed and automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is about to happen.