The 2009 Ford Edge is a so-called crossover sport-utility vehicle, more of a tall, passenger-focused wagon than a traditional SUV. All Edge models come with a 3.5-liter V-6 making 265 horsepower delivered through a six-speed automatic transmission; throughout the lineup there's a choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.
The Edge is now offered in four different models: SE, SEL, Limited and Sport. The SE model is only offered with front-wheel drive, but the others can be had with a choice of that or all-wheel drive. The new Sport model lands at the top of the lineup, incorporating leather seats, Sirius Satellite Radio, reverse sensing and a nine-speaker Audiophile sound system in addition to its performance hardware. But it's the Limited that comes with the most interior comforts standard, including heated seats and dual-zone climate control.
The Edge seats five adults comfortably and features especially vast cargo space. The back seats fold forward with a single release, and if that's not enough there's an EasyFold power-folding option. An available cargo management system includes four cargo hooks, two tie-downs and a cargo net.
All Edge models include the latest family-vehicle safety features, including front-seat side airbags, side-curtain bags, anti-lock brakes and Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. The Edge also has done especially well in crash tests and was a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
For 2009 a next-generation navigation system is optional on the Edge, as is Sirius Travel Link, a subscription-based service that brings live traffic and weather conditions, along with other information like gas prices. Other standout options on the Edge include a power liftgate; a panoramic-style Vista Roof and Ford's Sync system (standard on Limited and Sport), a voice-activated interface for Bluetooth hands-free calling and access to personal media players, including iPods.
A new Edge Sport model joins the lineup for 2009, with a more aggressive appearance and distinctive driving feel as well as big 22-inch wheels and performance tires. The Edge Sport is available in four colors: black, Redfire, Brilliant Silver and Sport Blue. Also for 2009, several new technology features are introduced. Ford's Sync voice-activated calling and music interface adds 911 Assist, which calls emergency dispatch automatically if the airbags have been deployed, and a newer navigation system adds Sirius Travel Link, a subscription service that integrates live traffic, weather and other info. Also available is a new ambient lighting package. The rest of the Edge model line continues into '09 with few significant mechanical or styling changes.