Ford's completely new model, the Edge, is designed as a crossover, combining the cargo space and visibility of an SUV with the comfortable ride and fuel economy of a sedan. We got a chance to drive one through the windy roads north of San Francisco recently at a Ford model launch event. Our car was the top-of-the-line SEL version with all-wheel-drive, navigation, and a premium audio system. The Ford Edge goes on sale in November 2006.
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The Edge uses Ford's new grille design, which gives it a meaty front end. A transversely mounted 3.5-liter V-6 sits under the hood.
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Kind of like a station wagon, but higher up, the Edge has sporty accents, such as the spoiler over the rear window.
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Available all-wheel-drive makes the Edge an all-weather car. It is also fairly heavy, coming in at close to two tons.
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The rear seats in the Edge fold flat with the touch of a button in the cargo area. The front passenger seat also folds flat for hauling long, skinny objects.
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The leather on the seats lends a feeling of quality, although the plastic covering the dashboard is a little rough. Both front seats in this car are power adjustable.
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The console between the front seats is deep enough to fit a laptop. It also hides a 12-volt power access point and an auxiliary audio jack for the stereo.
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With an iPod or any other MP3 player plugged into the auxiliary audio jack, you can bring your entire music library on road trips.
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Beyond the usual audio and cruise control buttons on the steering wheel, Ford also includes temperature and fan speed.
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Although the screen is on the small side, it presents a clear display with easily readable street names.
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It's easy to enter destinations in the navigation system and set specific route preferences. The voice guidance can read out the street names for upcoming turns.
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The in-dash six-CD changer reads MP3 CDs, but its display isn't the best for navigating discs. Selecting other audio sources is easy with the tab-style screen.
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The premium audiophile stereo system lets you choose where to focus the sound. The system can automatically raise the volume as the car's speed increases.
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A subwoofer in the cargo area enhances the sound put out by the four door speakers. Although not a surround system, the audio quality is good.
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