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Ford Edge reaches for premium car market (pictures)

With a new design emphasizing airiness and upscale cabin appointments, the new Ford Edge competes with cars in the premium segment.

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The Edge is Ford's five-passenger crossover, not to be confused with the Escape, which also seats five. The Edge is a bit larger and, for the 2015 model year, more opulent.

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Ford designs the grille and headlights into a single enclosure.

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A camera mounted in the grille makes for contact-free parking.

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Ford offers three engines for the Edge. This one, barely filling the engine compartment, is a 2-liter four-cylinder with turbocharging and direct injection.

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The Edge measures just over 15 and a half feet long, similar to most midsize sedans.

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The Edge can be had in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, with any of the engine options.

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The 2-liter engine gives the Edge fuel economy of 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway.

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Ford equips the Edge with its "kick" tailgate, letting drivers kick a foot under the back of the car to activate the automated tailgate.

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With the rear seats down, the Edge offers 73.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and an ample 39.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up.

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This Cognac leather can be optioned at no cost with the Titanium trim.

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The crossover body style makes for plenty of rear passenger room.

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A panoramic sunroof gives rear-seat passengers quite a view.

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The cabin attains premium car segment quality in Titanium trim.

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The instrument cluster features two LCDs flanking the speedometer.

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A six-speed automatic transmission with Sport and manual gear selection modes comes standard on the Edge.

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Proximity sensors show not only whats behind or in front of the car, but objects to the sides.

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The rear-view mirror includes trajectory lines.

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The optional parallel-parking system works very well, and is easy to use.

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The MyFord Touch home screen splits major functions into quadrants.

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The maps load slowly in the navigation system.

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There are plenty of destination entry options, but no online destination search.

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Sirius Travel Link brings in a wealth of useful travel information.

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The hands-free phone system can be operated on the touchscreen or through voice command.

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Satellite radio complements HD radio as digital broadcast sources.

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The music library screen shows up for devices and drives connected to the car's USB ports.

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The play screen shows a good amount of information, including album cover art.

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