The mid-size crossover Ford Edge has been seriously updated for the 2019 model year. Improvements include refreshed front and rear styling, a new eight-speed automatic with rotary shifter, and more standard features, including safety and driver assist functions. But you don't have to buy new. Ford has sold almost 1.5 million Edges since the model first debuted in 2007. One of them could be yours. This handy guide will walk you through two generations of the Ford Edge with what you can expect and which model years you want or want to avoid.
First Generation (2007-2014)
The first generation of Ford Edges had a long run, though there was a facelift in 2011 that updated its aging look. The first-generation Edge scored very high marks for safety, both in crash tests and standard safety features, and right off the bat was hailed as a great family crossover. On top of the safety, the first Edges were quiet and comfortable, with a roomy cabin, nimble handling and a powerful V6. There were a few reported problems with transmission that appear to have been mostly smoothed out by 2009.
The 2011 facelift meant a bolder chrome grille bracketed by stylish LED running lights. That chrome disappears on the Edge Sport model in favor of blackout trim, along with 22-inch wheels. The engine also improved, the 2007-2010 base 265-horsepower V6 engine being replaced with a 285-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6. If you get a car from the first generation, we recommend springing for the 2012 to take advantage of the upgraded engine and exterior styling of the facelift while avoiding a few minor electrical problems that plagued the Edge in 2011 and again in 2013.
Second Generation (2015-Present)
Ford created the Edge to directly compete with sedans. The Edge was one of the first crossover SUVs that gave sedan drivers a viable alternative, and, in part, led the way to making sport utility vehicles the car of choice for American families. In 2015, Ford solidified their claim to fame by fine-tuning the suspension and body structure of the Edge. Driving more like a sedan than ever, the second-generation Edge has a pleasing and luxurious ride. A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder became the Edge's new standard engine. The Edge has a new look and, since the second generation looks all alike, there's almost no difference between a well-maintained 2015 and a brand-new 2018. The second-generation Edge features an Explorer-like grille, new headlights, LED combination taillights, increased interior room, and a rear-view camera.
Fortunately for Ford and drivers alike, the Edge's common complaints have dwindled to a fraction of what they once were. The last few model years, in fact, have registered complaints in the single-digits, which is outstanding for any vehicle.
As Ford sets its sights on a brand-new decade, we can reap the benefits of buying used models of this industry-leading crossover SUV.