Ford originally launched the Edge to take advantage of the growing crossover market. The 2012 model offers Ford's most cutting-edge engine and cabin technology.

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The Edge presents a brawny appearance with straightforward styling. The grille, with its three-bar design, represents an older styling language which Ford has phased out on other models.

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The 2-liter EcoBoost engine available in the Edge gives it equivalent power to a V-6, thanks to direct injection and a turbocharger, but fuel economy in the mid-20s.

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The Edge's layout allows room for five passengers in upright seating plus cargo.

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All-wheel drive is available with the V-6, but not with the EcoBoost engine. The Edge is built on a front-wheel-drive platform.

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The dual rear pipes seem excessive, considering the engine's displacement is that of a 2-liter soda bottle.

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The cargo area is easily accessible, and should be large enough for most families' needs.

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In Limited trim, Ford applies leather liberally around the cabin, and includes power-adjustable seats.

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The bench back seat is fairly typical for this class of vehicle. A rear-seat entertainment system is also available from the factory, with headrest-mounted monitors.

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In the 2011 model year, Ford added its MyFord Touch cabin tech interface, which includes a somewhat balky touch screen as well as LCDs to either side of the speedometer.

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Electric power-steering boost lessens engine strain and provides a more consistent feel.

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The instrument cluster LCDs show vehicle information on the left, and infotainment functions on the right.

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You can make selections from the instrument cluster display using the directional pad, and the voice command button activates Sync.

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The automatic transmission is a six-speed, but does not let you select gears. Instead, it has a single low setting.

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The navigation system stores its maps on an SD card, but includes both plan and perspective views, along with traffic data integration.

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The onscreen keyboard looks good, but response can be slow.

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The audio screens will show cover art for the currently playing track.

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Audio sources appear in a strip down the left side of the screen. Ford will improve the usability and look with a future update.

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