2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD 2.0 EcoBoost review: Still cool

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

When we first drove the 2015 Ford Edge, we were impressed with all the cool ideas that Ford engineers and designers and product planners put into the second generation of its midsize crossover. But when we got one at home and spent more time in it…we were even more impressed.

Our loaner was a 2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD 2.0L EcoBoost, and the following might seem a simplistic description, the first words in our log book are “Really nice—really nice.” And that’s an understatement. Design, layout and comfort are first class, with soft leather (optional) seating that’s good for a day in the saddle. The second row isn’t equal to the first, but if you’re kids complain, they weren’t raised right. There’s room for two, though three is a bit of squeeze on elbow room.

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD dash

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium has Ford’s digital dash. (click to enlarge)

Even considering the generous size of the 2015 Edge, opening the rear hatch is like finding a dollar bill in the dryer. It seem like there more than there was the last time. Add to the visible, the cargo area has a false floor, mostly to access the spare tire but also providing a bit of hidden storage. The rear seatbacks are too far forward to reach from the hatch opening, so releases are set in the side panels of the cargo area. Pull the latch and the seatback folds forward, ready to load extra-large cargo.

Except the seatbacks don’t form a completely flat floor. There’s enough of an angle to prevent that large box you’re taking home from sliding all the way forward without going around to the rear side door for a bit of lifting.

“Titanium” is the second highest trim level for the Edge, topping the Edge SE and the Edge SEL, second only to the Edge Sport, which was the subject of our first-drive review of the Edge. The trim levels naturally have the typical cascade of unavailables becoming options becoming standard equipment.

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD engine

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four is now available with all-wheel drive. (click to enlarge)

However, the standard engine for all Edge trim levels except the Sport is a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbo four rated at 245 horsepower, with the next step up a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V-6 making 280 horsepower. The V-6 doesn’t have the full drop on the two-liter four, however, as the latter has more torque, at 275 versus 250 lb-ft, peaking at lower rpm as well. Both yield to the 2.7-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder in power and torque, of course, though the smallest engine gets the biggest fuel mileage numbers. But more about that later.

A six-speed automatic transmission is also standard across the board. While short several ratios than the increasingly common eight- and nine-speed transmissions, we didn’t notice any shortcomings in operation. Of course, we didn’t have an Edge with a multi-multi gear trans to compare, but the gearbox was smooth and as far as we know, efficient. As a crossover, the Edge naturally comes with optional all-wheel drive, and it’s available with all three engines.

We didn’t have the sense of acceleration we had with the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine, of course. Acceleration of the Edge Titanium with the 2.0T engine is certainly adequate, though there were a few merge occurrences where a little more scoot would have been appreciated. We advise not sampling the 2.7 EcoBoost if you’re intent on the two-liter turbo. How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm and all that.

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD cargo

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium has generous cargo capacity but a load floor that slants upwards at the front. (click to enlarge)

The 2015 Ford Edge Titanium, however, was smooth and quiet on the highway, passing our talk-to-the-people-in-the-back-seat test with aplomb. And while the Sport has, um, sportier suspension than other Edge models, we weren’t disappointed with the Edge Titanium’s handling on twisty roads.

Something we were eager to try on our home turf was the Edge’s ability to back hands-free into a perpendicular parking space. The procedure requires driving past a line of perpendicularly (to the curb) parked cars until the system finds an open spot. And then the computer takes over, telling when to shift into Reverse and Drive. The driver is still responsible for braking, but hands on the wheel will disengage the system.

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD

2015 Ford Edge Titanium AWD (click to enlarge)

Our findings? The perpendicular system works, but slowly enough so we don’t recommend it in an active parking lot. In our case, the Edge first came perilously close to one of the already parked cars, too close to get out on the driver’s side. But then it told us to put the transmission in drive, pulling the vehicle out, readjusting, and then backing neatly in between the cars on either side. It’s an involved process, however, and all the to-ing and fro-ing will wear out the patience of other drivers wanting to go past.

But the Edge also takes the worry out of getting parked in in parallel parking. It has the ability to edge (sorry) its way out. If the Edge is completely boxed in, however, you’re on your own.