2017 Ford Edge Driving Impressions

The turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 makes 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque. It was revamped for 2015 to be smoother with less turbo lag, meaning fewer downshifts from the 6-speed automatic upon acceleration.

The 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower is a bit shy on the low end, but it has more passing power than the turbocharged four.

The Sport model uses the same top-drawer 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 in the F-150 pickup truck. With 315 hp and an awesome 350 pound-feet of torque. It’s punchy in the middle of the powerband, with an interesting, off-cadence sound.

The standard 6-speed automatic has one or two or three gears less than some rivals. Maybe that’s why it performs so well, with quick, crisp downshifts, using the paddle-shifters in S mode, or allowing it to shift itself in D mode.

Handling is quick, reassuring, and relatively precise. The ride is taut, with great body control on the multi-link rear suspension. The Edge takes a set into corners without fuss.

Edge Sport models have stiffer suspensions with monotube dampers, and 21-inch wheels, which give a ride that verges on stiff. Steering-wise, the Sport also has a heftier on-center feel and a little more weighting off-center. Active noise cancellation gives the Sport the quietest cabin.

The Edge’s brakes can seem a little touchy at first, but they provide strong, reassuring stopping power.

The available lane-keep assist applies steering force to help keep the vehicle in its lane when it thinks you might be veering based on how its camera reads white lines, whether you actually are or not. The good news is that it can be shut down to just send you a warning through a vibration in the steering wheel.

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