Driven: 2016 Ford Edge Sport

Base Model Price: $28,700

As Tested Price: $47,360

In 2015 Ford revealed the second generation Edge built upon the same global platform found in the Fusion sedan.

The new platform is complemented by an all new body structure and suspension that have made the Edge edgier in terms of ride and handling.

Also new is the much bolder and more athletic design, especially in the Sport model.

My 2016 Edge Sport test vehicle was painted Spice, a color that grabs your attention immediately. Being the Sport model the bold paint choice was enhanced by a blacked-out grille, HID headlights, LED rear lighting and 21” painted aluminum rims (a $995 extra). 20” aluminum rims are standard on the Sport model.

Inside you will see quality finishes and soft touch materials.

The seating is comfortable for all and there is ample leg and headroom throughout.

In my tester the seats are trimmed in leather and have suede inserts that look fantastic. The front seats can be heated or cooled and the rear seats can be heated, which is appreciated by all on chilly winter days.

Perhaps the biggest leap forward for the Edge, indeed all Ford products, is the latest SYNC system.

Some have argued that it is a bit time consuming having to navigate a maze of sub-menus, but personally I think it works great.

The controls you use while driving are easy to find. The reconfigurable gauge cluster is simple to operate and provides the driver with every conceivable piece of information they actually need, and some they do not.

The center control touchscreen is a good size and responds immediately to your every command.

The voice control system works very well and controls your phone, navigation and entertainment. I also liked the redundant buttons and the real knob for volume control.

Storage space is more than generous. Behind the rear seats the cargo area will hold 39.2 cu ft and with the rear seats folded an impressive 73.4 cu ft of space becomes available.

There is a handy compartment on top of the dash, a large central armrest compartment and a pass through below the center console that is admittedly hard to access while seated.

The power operated rear hatch can be opened via the key fob or by shaking a leg under the bumper; add to that the power folding rear seats and the Edge proves itself to be a rather capable and easy to load tool.

The Edge Sport uses a 2.7L V6 Ecoboost engine exclusively. The output is impressive at 315 hp and 350 lb.-ft. of torque.

Power comes early at 2,750 rpm and keeps coming smoothly all the way to the redline.

All trim levels use a 6-speed automatic with paddle shifters.

This engine is a real treat, it makes a nice noise, however I found it to be too muffled.

For 2016 the Sport comes only with AWD and the 2.7L V6. All other trim levels have the option of FWD or AWD and other engines.

Carried over from the first generation is the naturally aspirated 3.5L V6. This engine comes available at the SEL trim level as an option, and puts out 280 hp and 250 lb.ft of torque.

The base engine is the 2.0L EcoBoost 4 cylinder that delivers 245 hp and 275 lb-ft. This engine can be selected in all but the Sport model.

I had some unseasonable conditions during my week and was able to take advantage of the balanced ride.

The Sport model is the only trim level that offers a sport tuned suspension. The ride is firm without being rough.

Corners are taken without worry, even at exciting paces.

And that’s the odd thing; I was expecting the Sport title to be little more than a badge and harsh suspension. But it was so much more.

It delivers a comfortable commute; even on the worst city roads. Potholes are barely noticed and occupants are not bashed about.

But when things get faster and the road gets twisty the Edge Sport eagerly encourages you to push just a little harder. It is genuinely fun to drive.

Of course there are numerous technologies that play a huge role in the fun drive demeanor.

The Edge is not a light weight. Weighing in at 4,078 lbs it literally weighs a tonne.

In spite of this it doesn’t feel heavy, rather it feels almost nimble.

This is a direct result of the optional variable steering, roll stability control, curve control, torque vectoring, traction control and the intelligent AWD.

Ford has also offered a great selection of safety and driving aids, giving consumers exactly what they want.

The Edge I was given had the optional 401A equipment group that added blind spot monitoring, HID headlights, lane departure warning, active front steering, split-view front camera and several other extras.

There was also adaptive cruise control and collision warning.

According to the 2016 Edge scored 5 out of 5 for both front and side crashes and 4 out of 5 for a rollover. Both FWD and AWD models scored equally and rated 5 out of 5 in overall safety performance with all the safety technologies selected.

The official fuel economy figures for the Edge Sport are 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. During my time I struggled to do any better than a combined 17.1 mpg combined, but I tend to have a heavy right foot.

The 2016 Ford Edge Sport will impress with ample power and the sporty handling. It delivers great cargo space and will comfortably seat 4 adults.

The abundance of technology will meet the needs of any tech nut and the new styling will catch the eye of on lookers.

For those who want a CUV that is a bit out of the ordinary and delivers a fun to drive spirit, the Edge Sport is certainly worth a closer look.

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Author Profile: Consumer Expert Robert Nichols

Robert is a lifelong car nut. He works as a Technician with 16 years experience and has multiple trade licenses. Having worked on vehicles ranging from Porsche's, fire trucks, trains, and industrial/mining equipment, he has a varied and broad knowledge base to draw on. But his favorite thing to do is drive, be it on two or four wheels.

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