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Ford Edge

Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,013
Take a look at our 2007 Edge full test. Post your comments here.

Full Test: 2007 Ford Edge SEL Plus AWD

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  • One person's opinion. The marketplace will be the ultimate judge.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    Why, why, why? Why do they take a top of the line Edge with every available option and compare it to a base model from a different mfr? Is it asking too much to do an apples to apples price comparison?
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    They went out of their way to criticize the Edge when they compare the price of an AWD Edge to a RWD SRX.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,407
    Why do they take a top of the line Edge with every available option and compare it to a base model from a different mfr?

    Maybe that's what Ford had around to test? At the bottom of the first page of the article is this little blurb:

    The manufacturer provided Edmunds this vehicle for the purposes of evaluation.

    They did compare the Edge to at least six competing SUVs but I guess you are saying the loaded Edge isn't comparable to a base Santa Fe?

    Maybe one of the editors will read this thread and shed some light on your question.

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  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    I gave up on the Edmunds editors years ago when Wardlaw told me that changing the stroke on an engine wouldn't change the displacement.

    I understand why they tested a loaded Edge, but if they want to compare prices why not look at vehicles with comparable equipment levels? base vs. base, loaded vs. loaded, AWD vs AWD, etc.? Is that asking too much?
  • Seeing as how this reporter chose to laser-focus in on the price tag, it was a huge mistake to provide him with only a fully optioned-out vehicle to test. At the same time it was unfair for the edmund's reviewer to imply that all Edge's will cost 36k. The base model comes in pretty well equipped for under 26.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    Here is a perfect example. The article says you can get a comparable Toyota Highlander Limited AWD for the same price as a loaded AWD Edge. But if you add the same options to the Highlander and it's well over $40K. That really tells an entirely different story, now doesn't it?
  • How can you not focus on the price? $36k for that thing? No way. I drove this Edge and was not impressed nor excessively displeased but the whole time I was thinking it was about a $26,000 car - maybe $30k with the nav and AWD. $36,000 - yes, a Santa Fe Limited is a better car.
  • Greetings:

    There was a reference to the Cadillac SRX as being 'comparable' to the Edge. The Edge and SRX are targeted at different buyers although you 'could' compare them as they are both CUV's. The Cadillac is considered a luxury CUV and the price noted ($37,665) is for the base car. If you add AWD and large sunroof option, which the Edge has, the SRX price ballons to $41,365. If you add navigation and heated seats that were also on the Edge, the price climbs even higher. Not sure why the reviewer lumped in the SRX but it is a much more expensive vehicle when optioned accordingly and MPG is lower w/AWD.

    When the Edge starts appearing at dealerships in sufficient numbers, then potential buyers will let it be known whether they like the vehicle and are willing to pay what Ford is asking. Styling certainly helps to sell a vehicle, but quality and value are important components as well.

    Regards -

    M. J. McCloskey
  • Too much is being made of the prices of the alternatives I gave. I'm not trying to pull the wool over anybody's eyes here. The contrary would be truer. This story is not a formal comparison test wherein we score a vehicle on the options available/installed/or not available. I'm fairly certain we'll have one of those in the future.

    The point of naming each of those vehicles was simply to illustrate the following hypothetical, "If you had $36,000 to spend on one vehicle -- besides this particular Edge -- you could also get (fill-in the blank) for about the same or less money." Some of those alternatives are available with three rows of seating, some with all-wheel drive, some with navigation, some with all of the above, and some with none of the above. My point is this: I don't know about you, but to me, $36K is a bunch of money. Before I were to spend that, I'd be sure to research what else is out there and to determine if those similarly priced alternatives were better suited or not to my needs. Would I need more or less seating, interior volume, towing capacity, or fun in the one vehicle on which I'm about to spend a huge chunk of change?

    That's what I meant when I wrote, "Bottom Line: The price might be hard to foist on sophisticated buyers who know what else is out there, but the Edge offers a new and reasonably useful package." I'm sorry I couldn't write an absolutely sparkling review for this vehicle (which we all know is very important to the future health of FoMoCo), but every time I found something to like, I also found something to question.

    I really do appreciate you all taking the time to read and comment. While I'm not insecure in my vehicle assessments, I usually check to see what the public is saying about the vehicle in general (e.g. It's ugly; it's now on my shopping list; MT got a better 0-60; whatever). I'm as into cars as you are. That's why I do this for a living.

    Respectfully,
    Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    let me say that i, for one, appreciate your posting in this thread. edmunds is about dialog. too many reviews are one sided. it is posted and then others, not the author, debate it.
    i'll go back read your review again. i'll probably have something to post after that. :)
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    It's a positive thing when a reviewer responds to criticisms of his review. I can't recall ever seeing this before.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    karl is pretty accessible, but he had his own thread about his impressions. he has since moved onto blogs.

    chris,
    jmo, it would have been better to point out it was a pre-production test vehicle. the brakes are a concern. how many miles were on your tester? maybe you let some other things slide because of that? highlander 3rd seat and caddy srx comparisons were a bit of a stretch. i didn't really like the 'foist' terminology.
    load up a sienna xle awd. then compare the weight, price, and performance for the extra row of seats and more cargo capacity. :surprise:
    given all the 'betters' of others, that's what i came up with for a comparison.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    Thanks for responding! I would be more sympathetic if you had also mentioned that a base Edge could be had for $26K if you don't need all of those bells and whistles. So a better comparison would be a base Edge vs. a base SRX V6. The base Edge would be $10K cheaper. Wouldn't that be a better deal than either the $36K Edge or a $37K base SRX V6?

    And please tell me you understand how lengthening the stroke of an engine increases the displacement. ;)
  • Greetings Chris:

    Lucky you to be able to be an automotive journalist and drive/review cars for a living. The article was certainly well written and contained specifics about the Edge that many potential buyers might overlook. I had no intention of besmirching your review by stating the Cadillac SRX was not a far comparison to the Edge. As you know, that vehicle is in another class regardless of it's price point. Most that are shopping an SRX may not even consider a Ford product. I agree that 36K is a lot for a vehicle of any type and I, for one, think is a bit steep for a Ford. I bought a 2005 Freestyle in April 2005 which had a MSRP of nearly 34K - which I refused to pay. Needless to say I got it for 3K less and have been very pleased with it.

    Keep up the good work - that's why people such as myself continue to reference Edmunds for it's information from reviewers and forum posters.

    Regards -

    M. J. McCloskey
  • calhoncalhon Posts: 87
    Thanks for replying but, sorry, I'm not buying it.

    The price comparisons weren't just mentioned in passing. They were THE lead and a central point to your review. You got there by the end of the first paragraph:

    "So what's the problem?

    "Our loaded Edge carried a $36,360 as-tested price. Granted our tester was packing the top-tier SEL Plus AWD trim level, but even staffers enamored by the Edge took one look at that number and spontaneously blurted out something like, 'Well that changes everything.'"


    What changed???

    In my opinion, the price category in which you viewed the vehicle. It was now seen as being at a higher price point than the Pilot/Highlander - more SRX-like in price. Note the very next paragraph:

    "The fact is you get a comparable Honda Pilot EX-L AWD or Toyota Highlander Limited AWD (both with a third-row) for less than that. Even a Cadillac SRX V6 comes in at $37,665."

    All the above price comparisons are wrong. The Edge is priced at or below the Pilot and the Highlander when comparably equipped. The SRX is at least $6K more. I agree that the Edge is probably not the class leader, but I think your flawed price comparisons and resulting wrong expectations drove an excessively negative tone to the review.

    You didn't do your homework, and I don't think you can offer an acceptable excuse for that.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    give cwalton1 a break, he's only been a member since sept 1. ;)
    if you want to see a comparison of some overweight oinkers, check out the minivan story on the main page. :sick:
    '02 comparison test: explorer 0-60 8.3, 15.7 mpg. damn slow, gas sucking suv. :P
  • It seems the majority of you "get it." Look. I know how these strings work: usually somebody who is a (manufacturer) fan becomes offended that his favorite (manufacturer) wasn't held in the highest esteem by somebody like me. Sometimes, other readers call him on it (thanks) and the discussion goes on for about three pages until somebody else starts name calling. I'm not into that at all. Whether anybody "buys" my side of the story interests me very little. I'm not going to produce some spreadsheet with all the options and prices for every comparable vehicle. (Actually Edmunds.com does a very good job of that with Compare Vehicles and that's what I used to form some of my opinions).

    I'm happy for the opportunity to have a dialogue with our readers (unlike some "buff" books who take a month to dream up a witty insult and hide behind the name "Ed." in the Backfires column.)

    Instead, I merely wanted to raise some doubt in your minds as to what Ford was thinking with the Edge - Is it really the cure-all it's promoted to be? Is it the least bit sporty to drive? Is it a good deal? Does it have a fuel economy advantage over the SUVs it is supposed to replace? Do you realize it weighs as much as regular-cab F-150 V8 with 4wd? Don't you think the price is a little steep?

    I'm not trying to kick Ford when they're down. I'm just trying to help you folks realize there are alternatives. That's all. I have no agenda other than to help you inform yourselves.

    And for the record, I did write, "The base price for an Edge SEL Plus AWD like ours is $31,395. A base model SE with FWD starts at $25,995." That was in a photo caption, but it was there. Also, I understand that increasing the stroke also increases the overall cylinder displacement -- as well as torque output (if all else remains the same -- which it usually does not).

    Okay, I'm signing off for now. I hope you all realize we're here for the information and the fun of it all. Let's not get carried away.

    Chris Walton, Inside Line.
  • "...Do you realize it weighs as much as regular-cab F-150 V8 with 4wd?..." A little overstated, but your point is good. Correction: An '06 F150 2WD reg-cab XL is listed in Edmunds.com at 4,615 lbs, and a 4WD version weighs more, listed at 5,004 lbs. The Edge comes in at about 4,400 lbs by comparison. The Edge's weight is an issue (makes braking, handling, MPG, acceleration worse), but looking at some of the other CUVs out there (Acadia at 4,722 lbs, etc.), it makes my Freestyle (3,900 lbs) look svelte, and the Edge has a lot of company in the 4500 lb area.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    Not counting the vista roof (which nobody else offers) it's only a couple of hundred pounds more than comparable vehicles. That's only one passenger. And there's no reason that braking performance has to suffer because of added weight. I don't think the two are related.

    Some automotive reviewers just have to find something to gripe about with Ford.
  • Braking performance often suffers due to added weight. F=M*A said that Isaac Newton fellow, if you believe him.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    i think 150+ feet from 60 to 0 is way too long, based on most other vehicles. i don't think the extra 200 or so pounds is the reason for the extra 15-20 foot distance. i would like to know what is causing it.
    i wish the edge had a rear hatch window that opened seperate from the liftgate. lack of that says minivan to me.
  • About braking distance, its true if the brakes were larger and the tires were wider, you could get the distances down. Its about time Ford engineered a vehicle that beats the competition instead of just lagging behind.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,663
    you could be right, but i doubt it is that simple.
    for example, i just bought some new tires for my wife's escape. they are the same size as the original tires, but a noticeably larger.
    i replaced the tires on my explorer. the new ones are quiet and smooth riding, but they are below average in bad weather. the old tires were noisy, rough riding, but great in bad weather.
  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    If you added weight after designing the brakes - yes. But my point was they could engineer the brakes to stop the thing whether it weighs 4000 or 4600 lbs. Something is wrong here - either a pre-production issue or something changed at the last minute. No way they engineered it to stop like that.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    F=M*A said that Isaac Newton fellow, if you believe him.

    Yes, but Newton also says the braking force (i.e. friction) is proportional to the weight so the masses "cancel out." You are probably thinking of that James Joule fellow who tells us the brakes heat up in proportion to the weight of the vehicle, i.e. Akirby's point. :)

    tidester, host
  • mschmalmschmal Posts: 1,757
    Does anyone know why the Edge is really delayed? Is it possible they are takeing the unvented rear roters off and putting on vented ones?

    The brakes are probably str8 off of the Fusion which is why the prototypes had unvented rear roters...I hope they change that for production.

    Mark.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,407
    Rumors abound about the delay. Here's another. :)

    How Much Will Ford Fix the Edge? (The Driving Woman)

    So, cosmetics and ""two functional changes." One rear brake each would be "two functional changes" eh?

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  • akirbyakirby Posts: 7,688
    Those were all done prior to job 1. The job 1 delays are just working out the kinks in the assembly line and supplier products. They're holding the vehicles until they can go 5 straight days with 0 defects. They're almost there.
  • The Edge's brakes already apply enough torque short of wheel lock. Therefore, wider tires would stop it quicker, not more braking torque. Its not the brakes, its the tires. That being said, you begin to see why high weight makes things difficult. Wider tires would make it fun on ice/snow and cut MPG, and few want that.
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