"Could be the best vehicle I've owned, but it's not"3.0 starson by ecb1171
Pros: 1) The Edge rides and handles beautifuly
2) The technology is all cutting edge and just makes sense
3) The overall build quality matches a luxury vehicle
4) The brakes on the Edge are great and the bad weather performance is good as well
Cons: 1) The Sync MyFord is laggy and flakey in performance
2) When you option it up, it's an expensive vehicle
3) Too much is tied into the Sync MyTouch system. It creates a single point of failure that takes out way too much when there are issues
Summary: Overall, I'm cautiously pleased with my 2011 Ford Edge Limited. I did a lot of research before purchasing and I was also looking at a 2010 Lexus RX350 and, from test driving both, I found that the ride on the Edge was comprable to the Lexus (though the Lexus did have a better ride and handled better) and I was blown away by the Sync MyTouch system.
Once I got the Edge, the honeymoon period with the Sync MyTouch system ended. From the user forums I visited, the Sync MyTouch system was a disaster when it rolled out. To Ford's credit, they did deliver updates that stabilized the system, but didn't do much to improve performance. Overall the system is very laggy. The voice response system is, at best, ok. There are 2 USB ports and the iPod/iPhone interface is great but the USB performance is flakey (sometimes I had to disconnect and reconnect my iPhone in order for it to play) The navigation system is amazingly clear and detailed, but it's slow and the POI database is hit or miss. That being said, having the next turn on the touchscreen next to the speedometer is very useful.
I do think there are limitation as to how much the system can be optimized, but I so think that the system is 1 - 2 more upgrades from being good. Right now, I'd say that the system is solid. The functionality, when it works well, is amazing but there are still issues. With all of the flakieness of the system, the Ford Edge is still ond of the best technology system I've had in a car. The reality is that every voice recognition system I've used has been poor. The Edge is the best voice recognition I've used, but that's not saying too much. The navigation system needs updated maps, but is also better than most other in car systems I've used. The iPod and phone interfaces are, by far, the best I've seen. Likewise, the 2 screens on each side of the speedometer are amazingly usefull and make it easy to interact with the mail features of the Sync MyTouch system.
The backup camera is extremely useful in that you get zones that light up (green, yellow, red) as you get closer to hitting something. Likewise the blindspot indicator is also useful.
Ford markets the technology as revolutionary and if it performed well, it would be. As it stands right now, it's better than anything else as long as your willing to embrace the technology and deal with a system that is fairly new.
The Edge is excellent mechanically. The vehicle rides and handles very well. It's not quite as nice as the Lexus I test drove, but it's in the ballpark. The interior is very well laid out and the materials are high quality. I have not had the Edge long enough to gauge reliability, but consumer reports has the expected reliability as average (the 2010 and 2009 models all were reliable).
I'm still trying to figure out the gas mileage, as the engine is still in the breaking in period. Overall, I'm getting right around 20 MPG in mixed driving. I seem to be getting 24 MPG in straight highway driving. It's a little lower than the expected gas mileage, but i'm optimistic that when the summer rolls around, the gas mileage will be as expected
Overall I'm pleased with the Edge. It has more issues than any other vehicle I've owned but I still enjoy it more than anything else I've owned. That being said, the complexity and flakieness of the technology would mean that I wouldn't recommend the Edge to someone that doesn't like to be an early adopter of technology