"Great 2nd generation car, good MPG for SPORT edition"4.5 starson by ikefu
Pros: Great new customizable LCD dashboard controls.
Body shape retains its unique design
Great power for a crossover with the V6 engine
(Fuel economy is not bad considering the SPORT edition was reviewed that is geared toward power and not MPGs)
Cons: 22" wheels are great for looks but can detract from handling
A black front grill doesn't really look "sport" version to me
Summary: First I would like to point out that the version that was reviewed was the SPORT edition and therefore is not geared toward fuel economy but power. The SEL and Limited editions offer 27mpg hwy and 19 city in their V6 package. That is great for a V6 and the amount of power that it offers. Ford will soon bring out a revolutionary new V4 engine option that will great increase those MPG ratings. In my opinion CNET made a serious error in reviewing the sport edition considering that most people will be getting the SE/SEL/Limited editions.
As far as the instrument panel goes, it is awesome for those of us who like to customize the look and feel of all our gadgets. The color coding scheme is easy to read and make it a snap to glance down and read the information that you are interesting in while only using a minimum amount of time with your eyes off of the road. Unlike some previous review statements, Ford has had a great track record in reliability and quality in recent years and the new dashboard LCDs are very unlikely to fail. However, in a worst case scenario, should the LCDs go out you still have your speedometer as the old needle style gauge that works independently and will not leave you lost should such a failure occur. This was a good move and much appreciated.
I love that the 1st generation body style was preserved. This is a unique design that makes the Edge stand out on the road and draws attention to them on the road. The new grill style is adequate yet still unique and interesting, although I question why the sport edition is black which doesn't look any more sporty to me than the standard chrome. The interior is roomy and makes very efficient use of space. Its a great vehicle for a family of four to take on the road.
Overall the 2011 Edge is a great second generation take and a worthy successor. It has good fuel economy with a powerful V6 and once the turbocharged V4 comes out will also be a great choice if MPGs are your main concern over power.