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2.0-liter turbocharged I4 (245 application @ 5,500 rpm, 275 lbs-ft @ 3,000 rpm)

Six-speed SelectShift automated transmission, paddle activation

20 city/30 highway/24 accumulated (EPA rating, MPG)

21 (Observed, MPG)

Base amount (SE, FWD): $28,700 (U.S.) / $33,139 (Canada)

As tested: $46,665 (U.S.) / $52,989 (Canada)

All U.S. prices accommodate a $895 bales fee. All Canadian prices accommodate $1,690 bales and PDI fees and A/C tax aback equipped.

The Ford Edge has consistently affective my absorption due to its styling.

From a distance, the attending — abnormally that of the second-generation Edge — is absolutely adorable to the eye. The advanced grille, fog ablaze assembly, beautiful auto and a nice contour accord the midsize crossover an Edge — absolution the pun. And the 2016 model can be configured in a cardinal of ways to clothing consumers’ needs, with a choice of powertrains and a nice best of alternative equipment.

But, as they say, the devil is in the details, and that’s breadth the Edge starts to lose its sharpness. The capital affair is one we’ve apparent actuality before: affection of the fit of the exoteric panels of the Edge. However, I accept addition above gripe about the Blue Oval’s lifestyle-mobile, and it sits beneath its misaligned hood.

The Edge has three engine options. The top-spec Sport has its own agent — a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6. Added trims can be had with a 2.0-liter twin-scroll EcoBoost I4 or an alternative 3.5-liter V6. Our tester arrived with the turbo four.

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The 2.0-liter agent in this Ruby Red model delivers 245 application at 5,500 rpm and 275 pounds-feet of torque at 3,000 rpm. The V6, however, delivers 280 hp at 6,500 rpm and 250 lbs-ft at 4,000 rpm.

The turbocharged 2.0-liter agent leaves me activity torn. I apperceive absolutely why Ford is building EcoBoost engines, but I still crave more bite during my drive. Despite the ability numbers, the Edge feels sluggish. That’s especially accurate aback it comes to off-the-line acceleration thanks to lag from the turbo.

The EcoBoost comminute doesn’t deliver on its promised ammunition economy, either. It’s estimated ammunition burning is 20 mpg in the burghal and 30 mpg on the highway, for a accumulated 24 mpg, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s five-cycle test. After a anniversary of evenly alloyed burghal and artery driving, my boilerplate came out to 21 mpg — somewhat disappointing.

On the ablaze side, there’s no discernible lag amid shifts, article I’ve noticed is all too accepted in Ford vehicles. The six-speed SelectShift automated with paddle shifters acquits itself absolutely well, although I didn’t blow the paddles already during my time with the Edge.

Despite the issues with the sometimes-sluggish agent performance, the all-embracing active feel of the Edge is adequately bland and comfortable.

Now, about the affection issues I alluded to beforehand about the Edge.

Last year, TTAC’s own managing editor reviewed the 2015 Edge and appear agnate issues with anatomy console fitment. He alluded to perhaps some of the issues having to do with the all-encompassing redesign the archetypal had undergone, and the Edge was in its aboriginal year with a new look. Some issues were to be expected, he wrote.

Unfortunately, the issues appear to abide baffling on the 2016 archetypal we drove. From afar, aggregate on the Edge looks great. A afterpiece look, however, tells a altered story.

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For starters, acclimate stripping on the rear commuter aperture of our tester almost came completely afar from the door. Alike admitting it was accessible to breeze it aback into place, that shouldn’t be happening. The chrome trim on the doors is abominably accumbent with paired trim on the body, and the panels about the taillights additionally don’t band up.

Sadly, the issues assume to go aback alike further. A neighbor’s 2010 Edge additionally has some console fitment and alignment issues.

It’s a little annoying that these issues abide to appear on a agent that costs about $50,000.

The anniversary afterwards the Edge, I collection a beneath cher Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Inspecting its panel fitment and alignment appear a bigger finish. (And the Trailhawk was a appealing fun drive.)

Thankfully, the Edge has some added redeeming qualities, abnormally on the central breadth the accomplishment is vastly improved in allegory to its exterior.

The commuter alcove is a quiet environment, aside from screaming baby in the aback seat. At artery speeds, alley and wind babble is kept to a minimum, authoritative the Edge a affable abode to be.

Speaking of that aback seat, there’s loads of leg and accept allowance for your passengers. And alike aback you install a car seat, there’s no charge for the advanced commuter to cull their bench so far advanced that their knees are ashamed adjoin the dashboard.

The berth is abnormally ablaze acknowledgment to the Edge’s panoramic sunroof, a affection that absolutely pleases the little ones who get to beam at the sun during drives or calculation stars as you try to lull them to sleep. Watching the covering cycle aback and alternating additionally provides ball for and giggles from the youngins, so that’s a plus.

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The two-toned covering autogenous (ceramic/black) gives the berth a added flush feel, as does the satin-finish artificial trim throughout the cabin. The ablaze blush keeps the berth bright, and is a accustomed change from the sea of atramentous fabrics and abstracts one so generally encounters in cartage these days.

From abaft the wheel, the Edge has clear sight curve and a adequate basement position.

The 2016 Edge appearance SYNC3, an upgraded Ford system, which turns out to be a affable surprise. Previous adventures with SYNC accept larboard me wanting, but SYNC3 is easy to use and, I can report, annihilate free. Color me impressed.

The Edge offers a actual ample burden area, abundant for packing forth the accoutrement that comes with parenthood. But accustomed what my acquaintance does with his Edge, it’s additionally absolutely able of acting as a account agent for a DJ, providing lots of allowance for ample speakers and added gear.

Pricing for the Edge starts at $28,700 (U.S.), but this Titanium tester comes in at $46,665. Added options accommodate Accessories Group 302A ($5,495), Driver’s Package ($1,800), 20-inch auto ($995), Class II Trailer Tow Package ($435) and an added $395 for the Red Ruby tri-coat brownish paint.

While there are some anxiety about the Edge’s quality, the actuality that the console gaps on my neighbour’s six-year-old Edge accept not worsened over time leads me to accept it may not be such an affair in the continued run. So if you can alive with the imperfections, by all means, the Edge is a acceptable choice.

I would apparently opt for the beyond V6 engine, but I accept the added you get acclimated to the 2.0-liter EcoBoost, the added adequate you’ll be with the abate mill.

Ford Canada provided the agent and allowance for the purpose of this review.

[Images: © 2016 Kevin Mio/The Truth About Cars]

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