A Razor Sharp Test Drive in the 2015 Ford Edge Titanium
The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium may be the ultimate sleeper utility vehicle I’ve been waiting for. In all honesty, I wholeheartedly overlooked this car when I got the offer to test drive it. Maybe it’s because I’m still reeling off the cool factor of the Land Rover from last week. Maybe it’s because there’s a lot of Ford cars that start with an “E” (Edge, Escape, Explorer) or an “F” (Fusion, Focus, Fiesta), and the Edge somehow got lost in the kerfuffle. Don’t be fooled folks, the Edge will rival nearly every CUV or SUV you’re considering. If quality of drive and price point are important factors in your decision making process, you’re in for a delightful treat. This Edge means business.
2015 Ford Edge Stats
- Reviewed Model: SE • SEL • Titanium • Sport
- Type: Crossover Utility Vehicle (CUV)
- Engine: Twin-Scroll 2.0L EcoBoost® I-4 engine
- Power: 245 horsepower @ 5,500RPM
- Torque: 275 lb.-ft. @ 3,000RPM
- Fuel Economy: 7.8L/100 km
- MSRP Base: Starts at $31,999 (CAD)
- MSRP of Edge Titanium: $41,199 + $7600 in options (CAD)
Aesthetic of the Edge Titanium
The Edge looks slick. Like, a Slick Rick kind of slick. Like, a Kanye’s neck-snap-back kind of slick. The sporty design inspires true utilitarianism in a compact and fully refined aesthetic. The menacing grill and narrow contours along the sides flow naturally to the rear where the brake lights beam from one side to the other. All of it sitting on 20″ wheels. I lucked out pretty hard with this Titanium; I have a deep infatuation for this shade of blue, called “Deep Impact”. That kind of blue emphasizes sharp to me.
The console in general is spacious and comforting to the eyes. Multiple compartments are controlled through two accessibility buttons, one of them revealing the deepest storage area I’d seen. I swear it reached below the floor. There’s also a compartment on the dashboard above the console, which I still couldn’t figure out the purpose for other than providing additional storage (check the photo gallery below).
To set the mood, the Edge allows you to choose from a spectrum of colours to add a subtle hue to the console, specifically the centre cup holders and both foot rests. I chose purple, for no other reason than to try something different than the norm.
To add to the cute colours, the console interface also allows you to choose your own wallpaper – a feature that I had never considered despite testing dozens of vehicle screens. While I wasn’t able to sync images easily from my Bluetooth connected phone, I figure they’re still working on making simple ways in the future.
The Edge takes it up a notch from the Land Rover Discovery by including a moonroof that not only spans the length of the cabin, but also can be opened for fresh, open air (albeit not its entirety). Opening the moonroof also reveals a vertical guard in the front which blocks stuff from making its way in. It truly is a pretty magnificent thing to look up and see, which you can comfortably do thanks to the extremely spacious leather backseat and trunk. Only downside is the lack of third row seating, which many of the other compact SUV’s are making optional.
Technology in the Edge Titanium
Techie-types rejoice! Dual USB ports, an SD card slot, and auxiliary line-in are easily accessible without the awkward cable curling and slot sharing. More important is the timely inclusion of wireless access. The SYNC with MyFord Touch system allows users to internet-power their Edge with numerous options like USB mobile hotspots and tethering, making your car a mobile router. Absolutely perfect for those like myself who do a lot of music streaming through Spotify and Songza. In the Titanium and Sport editions, the Edge comes equipped with a 12 speaker Sony music system for a complete audio experience. The Edge is by far a technobeast.
As per most, if not all, new 2015 Ford’s, driving gets simplified with the Park Assist option. Goodbye parallel parking anxiety, hello automated parking. If you haven’t had the pleasure in testing this virtually flawless Ford feature, get yourself behind one and do it. The Titanium model continues the simplicity with the Lane Departure Warning feature to keep you safe on the highways, and the foot-activated hands-free power liftgate to get the trunk open when your hands are tied.
Competing in the compact SUV market makes cooling and heated front/rear seating an essential. The Titanium takes it a step further with a heated steering wheel option, in case the cold runs through your veins too often. You shouldn’t have a problem adjusting temperature beyond that as each passenger has their own climate control settings for those complain-ey passengers.
Driving the Edge Titanium
You know you’ve got a good car when your favourite things to do is drive it. The Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium drive extremely smooth with precise steering for optimal control. It really does feel like you’re driving a high end sedan. The Sport edition enhances your drive and prepares you for the all-terrain with the upgraded 2.7L EcoBoost® V6 engine and sport-tuned suspension.
The fuel economy is on par with other CUVs on the market, although slightly better than the luxury options. I moderately drove the Edge for a week with minimal highway driving, and was only at half tank after 6 days. $40 to top it up with premium. Not bad, eh?
Probably not a game changer, but I love how wide the rear view mirror is. Couple that with the low backseating and front/rear cameras, and you can confidently feel the 360 degree control on the road.
The Bottom Line
I’ll be frank: I fucking love this car. I rarely cuss in car reviews, but this car warrants it to emphasize my total respect for this vehicle. It does a lot of things right, and at times, excels at it. You get beautiful design, spacious interior, the best of Ford’s driving and connectivity technology, above average fuel economy, incredibly low starting MSRP, and way, way more.
Most importantly, it drives extremely well. It drives low to the ground, the added power allows for responsive acceleration, and the handling is razor precise. Many of my colleagues, and their friends, preferred it over other luxury cars at and above its price point. Ponder that for a moment and get back to me after you take this for a spin.
Bottom line is, the Edge Titanium has been the funnest Ford I’ve put on the road so far. Until I get in the Mustang of course. 😬
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