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Zero to 60: 2008 Ford Edge Limited
Zero to 60: 2008 Ford Edge Limited


by J.T. Hills
SGN Contributing Writer

TOP
" Upscale look, and perfect size
" Perky acceleration and
smooth six-speed auto
" Quiet comfortable cabin

BOTTOM
" Big blind spot in the back
" Gas mileage same as
much larger Chevy Tahoe
" Body lean in turns

The Ford Edge first made its debut for the 2007 model year. For 2008, updates include the optional Ford Sync hands-free communication and entertainment system, optional voice-activated navigation system, optional power rear lift-gate, an appearance package with red leather inserts and contrasting stitching, Homelink universal garage door opener, 20-inch chrome wheels, and four new exterior colors. Also new for 2008 is a new limited trim. After a week with the 2008 Ford Edge Limited AWD, Ive compiled a brass-tacks list of highly technical scientific data based upon observations, experimentation, tabulations, inspections and so forth. Here we go:

Edge & not edging

The Edge is Fords answer to the ever-growing crossover aimed at the cosmopolitan Gen-X, dual income, no kids demographic. The Edge Limited AWD that I tested had some great features with a price that parallels the Acura RDX and Infiniti EX35. The big advantage to the Edge Limited though is that it hits a sweet spot with being larger without being too large, and looks a bit more aggressive in overall design (i.e. chick car) while still looking urban chic. I decided to take it on a little day trip to beautiful Bellingham.

The Edge Limited is equipped with a 3.5-liter 265 hp V-6 that produces 250 lb-ft. of torque at 4,500 rpms, attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. The V-6 engine on the Edge is peppy and fun. It cruises along at freeway speeds effortlessly with more than enough power for passing. Handling is much more SUV-like than its Japanese competitors, even with the sport suspension, with some noticeable body lean in the turns. Although road feel is much more car-like than, lets say, the Ford Explorer. The six-speed transmission is smooth, and shifts arent even noticeable. In town driving, the Edge benefits from a tight turning radius and a smooth ride over rough city streets. Although the view from the rear lift-gate is a bit limiting in tight city parking, and could really use a backup assist camera. You can expect to receive an estimated 15 mpg city and 22 mpg highway from the Edge, which puts in a gas consumption category much closer to the full-sized SUVs like the Chevy Tahoe.

The interior of the Edge Limited is spacious, well-thought-out, and theres an attention to detail. The test model came with the optional panoramic vista roof ($1,395) that created an ever-greater illusion of space. The Edge has seating for five and is genuinely comfortable for occupants of all sizes, although the rear seat does not adjust fore and aft. Theres also plenty of storage capacity in the rear. The test model came with the optional power lift-gate ($490) which I found handy when heading out to the parking lot with my hands full of bags. One of my favorite options on the Edge was the Sync voice-activated system. It easily integrates your cellphone, iPod, satellite radio, and navigation system. Best of all, its extremely easy to use and very user-friendly.

OK, for a before-tax price of $38,140, what do you get?
The 2008 Ford Edge Limited comes with a long list of standard features, although the most popular options do add up fast. A quick look at the favorites includes:

Performance
" 265 hp 3.5-liter V-6
" Six-speed automatic transmission
" All-wheel-drive
" Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
" Twenty-gallon fuel tank
" Dual chrome-tipped exhaust

Safety
" Dual stage front air bags
" Side curtain airbags
" Perimeter alarm
" Integrated key fob
" Fog lamps

Comfort and Convenience
" Sync voice activated system
" Electronic auto temperature control
" AM/FM/MP3 six-disc in-dash CD
with four-speaker audio system
" Leather-wrapped steering with tilt
and cruise control.
" Power windows, locks and mirrors
" Six-way power drivers seat

Additional Charges
" Class II trailer tow package with HD
68-amp battery ($395)
" Panoramic vista roof ($1,395)
" DVD navigation system ($1,995)
" Power rear lift-gate ($490)
" 20 wheel with sport suspension ($895)
" Destination and delivery ($705)

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