Ford Edge Ecoboost a harbinger of the new efficiency

CNET tests the 2012 Ford Edge with its Ecoboost engine. With only 2 liters of displacement, this engine produces more than adequate horsepower while getting excellent mileage.

2012 Ford Edge
Josh Miller/CNET

With the 2012 Ford Edge, the Ecoboost engine is like having your cake and ice cream, too.

The Edge is a tank of a car, big and chunky, weighing close to 4,000 pounds. The Ecoboost engine only has four cylinders, with displacement at 2 liters. That's the size of a soda bottle.

Yet with a turbocharger and direct injection, that engine makes 240 horsepower, enough to move the Edge easily. At the same time, our fuel economy averaged in the mid-20s, which is about 5 mpg better than we would expect to get in the V-6 Edge.

The combination works well.

Ford fits the Edge out with good cabin-tech features, as well. Sync remains one of the best ways to integrate phones and MP3 players with a car. Its voice command is excellent. MyFord Touch, included in this car, has its pros and cons. The trouble spot is the touch-screen interface, but Ford has shown a fix for that part of the car, which can be applied retroactively.

Read our full review of the 2012 Ford Edge Ecoboost.

Featured Video

Why do so many of us still buy cars with off-road abilities?

Cities are full of cars like the Subaru XV that can drive off-road but will never see any challenging terrain. What drives us to buy cars with these abilities when we don't really need them most of the time?

by Drew Stearne