Sometimes, when the stars align, an automaker comes up with something that makes more sense as a cheaper vehicle over its more expensive variants. That is exactly what the 2012 Ford Edge EcoBoost is over the most of more expensive V6s in its line.
Here are three reasons why:
- The 2-liter EcoBoost engine is turbocharged and puts out 240 horsepower and 270 lbs-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic is the only tranny hooked up to the four-banger… bummer. Still, as with all things turbo and supercharged, that’s a huge benefit up here in the Rocky Mountains. The thing is: you can’t get all-wheel drive (AWD) unless you get the heavier, more expensive V6. But, at least with the V6 you can tow more – up to 3,500 lbs when properly equipped. Still, you get 24 mpg combined – and that ain’t too shabby.
- If you need a zippy FWD hatchback with good snow clearance and enough room for 5 – this Ford Edge with the EcoBoost is a compelling choice. It’s way better than the crappy old Escape and it handles nicely for a crossover. Even as a FWD only vehicle, it feels pretty secure and surefooted.
- Priced at just under $30,000 – it’s a bit dear compared with the mighty-fine KIA Sportage SX turbo which begins at about $27,000. This crossover does come in slightly more expensive than the base model SE with the meh 3.5 liter V6, but it’s way cheaper than the beefy 3.7 V6 on the sport that starts at over $37,000.
So, would I buy a FWD Ford Edge over a KIA Sportage?
I like the Sportage and I find it more attractive (I’m shallow like that). But, if I wanted a Ford product and wanted something with a slick interior, modern amenities, good looks a very modern powerplant and good economy – then, yes, I would consider one. The bottom line is that the Ford Edge has finally stepped up… which is good as the next Ford Escape looks like a winner and that may cut into Edge sales.
Have a look at the video and see for yourself. It’s a pretty good machine.