These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. The Flex feels amply powerful for most driving in and out of the city. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger frontal air bag, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. It also earned a rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test. The reason is that it has a wide track and a long wheelbase with short overhangs. The Sport version of the 2009 Ford Edge five-seat crossover offers a sport-tuned suspension, larger rims and different body styling, but the same engine as the regular model.
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. There is a fair amount of road and tire noise, but this isn't a luxury car. Too bad the fuel tank isn't larger. The center stack is angled outward to make it easy to reach the large knobs for the climate and entertainment controls. Ford's AdvanceTrac electronic stability control is standard on all models and can help the driver maintain control. It is roomy, has well appointed interior and edgy lines that make the car want to race down the road. The instruments are clear and lit with blue, while the cup holders have low-watt red lighting.
It handles much like a car, with impressive braking and accurate steering. The Edge in any trim only seats five people, and that puts it at a disadvantage compared with midsize crossovers that cost about the same and seat seven, such as the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot or Hyundai Santa Fe. Outward visibility is somewhat impeded by thick roof pillars, along with lackluster front and rear glass areas. The Ford Sync communications and entertainment system can be controlled via voice commands or dashboard buttons. Its cabin is full of high-grade materials and has elegant styling. Also, the can seat up to seven in style.
Each rear seat can also be folded manually using a single-hand release—a feature quickly becoming the benchmark among utility vehicles and wagons—or automatically with an available EasyFold electro-mechanical remote release accessible from the rear cargo area. Remedy Ford will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. But just because crossovers aren't intended to spend all day hot-lapping at the racetrack doesn't mean they should be burdened with huge and heavy rolling stock, even if it makes them look cooler than a penguin wearing Oakleys. Something this capable as a highway cruiser should be good for at least 500 miles on a fill up. A power liftgate is now optional, as are 20-inch chromed wheels and brassy red-trimmed front seats. The Edge starts life with a good basic structure. I just bought this in the spring and am looking forward to seeing if I can get out of my driveway and up our hill this winter.
The seats are pleasant and roomy; second-row passengers can stretch out and relax thanks to the ample legroom and reclining seatbacks. This enables you to secure a child safety seat in any of the rear seats. Owners may contact Ford customer service at 1-866-436-7332. The Edge, in comparison, comes across as athletic but heavier and less refined than the Nissan and Toyota. All vehicles are subject to prior sale. Plenty of high-quality materials give the interior a premium feel, and there are lots of handy nooks to stow small items. A Limited model was added for 2008 and new features were added.
That frees you up to consider the top vehicles including the rivals below to find the ride that best suits your personality — and your pocketbook. The interior is a mix of nice materials and good fit and finish. We heralded the 2015 Ford Edge as worthy of a most improved trophy. The retails for thousands of dollars less. Lots of fun little features, too, like the customizable ambient lighting. The has one of the nicest interiors. Mileage is good and we expect it to improve as engine breaks in.
And we think it'll satisfy buyers moving from a sedan who will find they haven't given up much in the way of comfort, convenience and driving dynamics. The panoramic roof is amazing. The influence of the Land Rover Range Rover is evident, too; the center stack of instruments and some gray plastics look like those on the Range Rover. If you've ever wondered why elite sports cars, sport sedans, and race cars feature the lightest wheels possible, this is the reason. The 2009 Ford Flex, with its slab-sided styling, is unlike any crossover vehicle on the market, not to mention any Ford of recent vintage.
There is only a foot-wide panel between the front and rear panels that is not transparent. Despite the aged solid-axle layout, the suspension does well in soaking up imperfections while keeping the tires in contact with the pavement. Due to corrosion from salt water exposure such as from road salt use, the affected vehicles may leak fuel from the fuel tank seam weld under the tank mounting reinforcement brackets. My Edge is a bit wider than I was initially looking for but it's beefy wide not ugly wide. Why You Can Trust Us U. Other than that, we like the car very much. Steering feel is smooth and fairly lightweight, if a little slow on response in the all-wheel-drive model tested.
But we, you see, view the Venza as a crossover, given its available all-wheel drive, -beating 8. I was very impressed the first time I drove. Unfortunately, despite all the Ford Edge's handling attributes, Cars. Interim letters informing owners of the recall and that parts are not yet available began mailing March 1, 2017. Those seeking greater off-road ability should check out the Jeep Grand Cherokee, while the updated-for-2019 Honda Pilot is a spacious all-rounder. So much that I had my dealer find me a newer edition.
The Kia outperforms the Edge in crash tests. While it offers good power and excellent fuel economy, the overall package falls short because of so-so refinement and driving dynamics. It is awesome, which will make you awesome if you are not already. I'm interested in the newest version of this car. Ford's number for this recall is 15S31.