I’ll be the first to admit that when I was first approached with the opportunity to review the 2017 Ford Edge, I didn’t fully realize what I was signing up for. At first, I actually confused the Edge for the Flex, which if I’m being honest, I’m not a huge fan of mostly due to its looks. So when I realized that I was getting the Edge, I had a really difficult time picturing it. The reason is, the Edge (from 2006-2014 anyway) is like vanilla for me, not visually memorable in any way. What I didn’t realize was that it was completely redesigned in 2015, and I’m happy to say that Ford got it right with their second generation Edge. The Edge slots right in the middle of Ford’s SUV lineup, between the compact SUV Ford Escape and the full-size Ford Explorer, both of which have been reviewed on this blog.
For my family’s needs, I’ve always found the Escape a bit too small, and the Explorer a bit too big. So the happy medium is the Edge. As a mid-sized crossover, it really is the perfect size for my family. I had the opportunity to test out the Titanium model, which starts at $37,999. The backseats are spacious and comfortable, with plenty of room even with our Britax infant car seat taking up the middle seat. The 10-way power adjustable heated and ventilated leather-trimmed sports seats in the front are also well padded and very comfortable for long car rides. My daughter really enjoyed the views, especially from the large panoramic moonroof, and it was actually quite a special treat for her as we finally switched her seat to front-facing.
On the outside from the back (and even its overall body lines), it kind of resembles a previous generation Lexus RX, which I rather like. From the front, it shares the same hexagonal grill as the Explorer, which kind of has an Audi-esque appearance. Sitting on beautiful premium 19″ aluminum wheels, it actually makes for quite an attractive ride. What I really liked was the new SYNC 3 infotainment system. I’ve been in a lot of Ford vehicles in recent years, and I have to say that Ford has really nailed it with this iteration of their infotainment system. Edge’s Sync 3 touchscreen display is a big improvement over the MyFord system it replaces. It’s easy to use, intuitive, has a very responsive touchscreen with swipe capability, and it’s fast. It even supports Apple CarPlay, Siri, and Android Auto, which you know is important for all those digital nomads out there! I was very satisfied with the 12-speaker Sony audio system once I linked my Spotify account from my smartphone via Bluetooth.
The Ford Edge comes with 2 engine and 2 powertrain options, with a 245-hp 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder or a 280-hp 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic and front- or all-wheel drive. I reviewed the V6 AWD, which provided ample throttle response and handled quite nimbly around corners, while boasting a respectable 20 city/28 highway MPG fuel economy rating.
All in all, I really enjoyed reviewing the Ford Edge, and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking for a decently priced mid-sized crossover SUV. It definitely changed my mind about the Edge and it far surpassed my expectations. I drove it quite a bit, as it was my vehicle of choice for several shopping trips, family outings, and media events throughout the whole week. Here are a few notable restaurant openings from this past week.
Assembli by Cambie & Broadway just opened its doors a few weeks ago, and I got a sampling of their menu, which features build your own pizzas and salads. Sadly, it replaces Hubbub, but you can bet that this is going to be a popular neighbourhood lunch spot just the same.
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Attention meat lovers! H2 Rotisserie & Bar just opened its doors at the Westin Bayshore this past week, and they launched with a bang. With juicy rotisserie chicken and grilled Tomahawk steaks, you can bet that I’ll be paying them a visit in the coming weeks for a proper sit-down meal. And just in time for summer, they have a giant patio with a gorgeous poolside garden view.
Although not quite a new restaurant opening, we were also invited to The Keg on Alberni to celebrate the launch of their new “we can’t call it Happy Hour” Cocktail Hour. Check it out daily from 3-6pm or 10pm-late. Check out their menu and daily specials here.
Disclaimer: We were loaned the vehicle by Ford Canada. Although this is a sponsored post, our opinions and thoughts are our own.