What Changed for 2009:
- Four trim levels including new Ford Edge Sport model with customized body kit
- Ford next-generation voice-activated navigation system and Sirius satellite radio Travel Link offered as an option
- Ambient lighting package with seven lighting colors available
- Air vents changed for better control over air flow
- Passenger grab handles, cargo hooks, cargo tie-downs and cargo net now standard
For the past few years, crossovers (CUVs) have been the fastest-growing segment in the U.S. because they blend car-like handling and ride quality with the utility of a traditional SUV. Also, CUVs typically offer better fuel efficiency than SUVs and there is a broad range of models available-more than 53 at the beginning of this year. Ford introduced its first crossover, the Edge, for the 2007 model year and it took the segment sales title in its first year on the market. For 2009, the Edge remains based on the Ford Fusion platform powered by a 265-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive (AWD) is available. With the rear seats folded, the Edge provides 69 cubic feet of cargo room.
The 2009 Ford Edge comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and the new Edge Sport, which is aimed at customers who want a sportier and more personalized vehicle. Each is available with 2WD or AWD. Base SE models come with air conditioning; tilt/telescoping steering wheel; 60/40-split second-row seat; power windows, locks and mirrors; remote keyless entry; cruise control; 4-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jack; and 17-inch painted aluminum wheels. SEL models add 18-inch wheels; chrome exhaust tips; fog lamps; 6-way power driver's seat; leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls; 6-disc CD changer/MP3 player; Sirius satellite radio; auto-dimming rearview mirror; vehicle message center with trip computer and compass; aluminum instrument panel trim; and a reverse sensing system.
The top-line Limited includes leather-trimmed seats; Audiophile sound system with 9 speakers; Ford's Sync communications and entertainment system; dual-zone climate control; heated front seats; fold-flat, 6-way power front passenger seat; memory for the driver's seat and mirror; second-row reclining and power-folding split seats; universal garage door opener; interior air filter; and heated mirrors.
The new Edge Sport offers a sportier and more personal look. It rides on 20- or 22-inch wheels with Pirelli Scorpion Zero tires, and the factory-installed 8-piece body kit with a front air dam, side skirts, and a rear valence panel is finished in body-color paint instead of the Edge's usual dark color. Four colors are available on the Edge Sport: Black, Redfire, Brilliant Silver and a limited-production Sport Blue.
Selected options for various Edge models include a towing package; navigation system; power liftgate; rear DVD entertainment system; and a Vista Roof, which is a 2-section panoramic glass sunroof. The portion over the front seats works like a typical sunroof, while a fixed-glass panel spans the second row of seats.
Ford equips the 2009 Edge with an aluminum 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 265 hp and 250 lb.-ft. of torque. The engine meets ultra-low-emission-vehicle (ULEV) standards and comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission that Ford says delivers better fuel economy than a 4-speed automatic transmission. EPA fuel-economy ratings are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway with FWD or 15 mpg city/22 mpg highway with AWD. Properly equipped, the 2009 Ford Edge can tow up to 3500 pounds.
Standard safety equipment on the 2009 Edge includes front air bags; torso-protecting, seat-mounted front side air bags; head-protecting side curtain air bags with rollover sensors; tire-pressure monitor; ABS; traction control; and stability control with Ford's Roll Stability Control which helps prevent a rollover. The reverse sensing system is standard on the SEL, Sport and Limited models.
The Edge has earned a \"Top Safety Pick\" designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Federal government safety ratings are 5 stars for driver frontal protection and 5 stars for side-impact front and rear-seat protection. The passenger-side frontal crash test rating is 4 stars and so is the rollover rating for all models.
Developed with Microsoft, Ford Sync provides a hands-free link to cell phones and MP3 players through a series of voice commands. It recognizes your cell phone's phonebook. It can read incoming text messages through the stereo system and allows occupants to respond with one of 15 predetermined messages. When an MP3 player is plugged in, Sync charges it and has access to the complete playlist. Occupants can tell Sync to play a specific song, artist, or genre of music. Sync will also stream songs wirelessly from a source like a phone/MP3 player enabled with Bluetooth technology.