Article: 2013 Ford Edge Changes
Styling: The 2013 Ford Edge is unlikely to receive notable cosmetic alterations, aside from a possible expansion of exterior color choices and perhaps a new wheel design. It will remain a fairly upright, muscular-looking midsize crossover wagon highlighted by a bold expression of Ford’s three-bar grille. A tall roofline, relatively low step-in height, and a one-piece liftgate will again complete the profile.
Geared toward professional singles and sporty young families, the 2013 Ford Edge will continue to slot in the automaker’s crossover lineup between the compact Escape and the larger Explorer, which has more traditional SUV styling and is engineered with greater off-road abilities.
Passengers shouldn’t notice major changes to the 2013 Ford Edge’s interior. The dashboard will likely continue trimmed in faux aluminum, with the center stack of controls designed around the MyFord Touch operating system, which the automaker designed in conjunction with Sony. As before, cloth seats will come standard with leather upholstery available.
The 2013 Edge should again come in multiple trim levels, each bringing added features at progressively higher base prices. These will likely continue as the base SE model, the volume-selling SEL, the well-equipped Limited, and the higher-performance Sport. As for visual differentiators, the 2013 Edge SE will likely retain 17-inch wheels and tires, the SEL and Limited 18s, with 20s optional on the Limited. EcoBoost-equipped 2013 Edges will again have slightly flared rocker panels. And the 2013 Edge Sport will again be distinguished by a blackout grille treatment, special body-color fascias and door cladding, and specific 22-inch black-spoke aluminum wheels.
Performance: The 2013 Ford Edge should again offer a choice of two V-6 engines and a fuel saving four-cylinder. The SE, SEL, and Limited versions should continue standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 likely to repeat at 285 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Exclusive to the 2013 Ford Edge Sport should again be a 3.7-liter V-6 shared with the Mustang sports coupe and convertible. In the Edge Sport, this engine will likely continue at 305 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque for quicker launches and plenty of power on demand in highway passing situations. The 3.7 also features an automatic fuel shut-off system that saves gas when decelerating at highway speeds.
Optional on all 2012 Edge models except the Sport should again be a 2.0-liter four-cylinder version of Ford’s EcoBoost turbocharged and direct fuel-injected engine. The intent is to furnish the power of a V-6 but with more frugal four-cylinder fuel economy. In the Edge, the EcoBoost four will likely remain at 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Torque is the true force behind acceleration, and Edges equipped with the EcoBoost four get up to speed as quickly as Edge V-6 models.
Specifying the EcoBoost four should also continue to equip the 2013 Ford Edge with active shutters intended to improve fuel economy. Situated behind the front grille, these small flaps close automatically at higher speeds to improve aerodynamics. At lower speeds the shutters automatically open to help cool the engine.
Two qualifiers should remain associated with 2013 Edges equipped with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost: They’ll not be available with all-wheel-drive (AWD) and they’ll be priced some $1,000 more than the V-6 SE, SEL, or Limited models.
The 2013 Ford Edge will again be front-wheel drive in its standard form. Front-drive positions the engine and transmission in the nose of the vehicle for more efficient passenger-compartment packaging. And by concentrating weight over the tires that also propel the vehicle, it benefits wet-surface traction compared to rear-wheel drive. For additional traction in slipperier conditions, V-6-equipped 2013 Edge SEL, Limited, and Sport models will again be available with AWD.
Typical of AWD systems in most crossover SUVs, this one will again send power as needed to the rear wheels to help counteract tire slippage at the front. While it works well on rainy or snowy roads, Edge’s AWD system is not intended for off-road use. Ford fans looking for a crossover with at least moderate trail-blazing abilities ought to consider an Explorer; its AWD system includes the automaker’s sophisticated Terrain Management system.
A six-speed automatic transmission should again be standard across the 2013 Edge line, though Ford will continue to program it to make the most of each engine’s available power and help maximize fuel economy. All, however, will use a floor shift lever that will return with a separate gate for manual-type gear control on SEL, Limited, and Sport models. Edge Sports will also have steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.
Overall, the 2013 Ford Edge should continue to afford a firm but smooth ride with solid stability at highway speeds and decent grip in turns. Don’t expect exceptional nimbleness, owing to a relatively high curb weight and heavy-feeling steering. The 2013 Ford Edge Sport, however, should again deliver crisper cornering courtesy of its sport-tuned suspension and mammoth 22-inch wheels and tires. The Sport’s downside has been a less forgiving ride quality that some buyers may not find to their liking.
All 2013 Ford Edge models should again come with four-wheel-disc antilock brakes, along with Ford’s AdvanceTrac system that consists of antiskid stability control and Roll Stability Control to help prevent sideways slides that can lead to rollovers. Also certain to be included will be a hill-start assist function to help prevent the vehicle from creeping rearward when stopped on an incline. A trailer-sway-control optional should return to help maintain stability while towing and Edge’s maximum trailer limit should remain around 3,500 pounds – middling for the class.
Features: Though it’s approaching the end of its design generation, the 2013 Ford Edge will continue to offer an impressive list of standard and optional features, including a few connectivity and safety items that should remain leading-edge.
Primary among these will again be the MyFord Touch system that debuted in the model-year 2011 Ford Edge. It will likely again be standard on Edge Limited and Sport models and optional with the SEL. Designed in conjunction with Sony, MyFord Touch has attracted younger and more tech-savvy shoppers, though the automaker knows it’s also proved confusing to buyers more accustomed to conventional analog interfaces.
MyFord Touch supplants most gauges, dials, buttons and switches with configurable LED screens and dashboard “touch points” that provide little tactile feedback. Small screens flank a traditional analog speedometer and can be user-selected to display trip information (fuel economy, average speed, etc) and/or replicate a conventional tachometer and compass, among other functions. With MyFord Touch, most of the car’s systems and functions—including air conditioning, audio, and available navigation–can be operated via an 8-inch touch-sensitive screen with menu-driven displays.
Fortunately for tech-skeptical motorists, controls should again be located on the steering wheel for certain MyFord Touch functions, with most operations also executed and controlled by voice commands, via Ford’s Sync system. Sync should again be optional on the SE and standard elsewhere in the line. Users can also use Sync to engage in hands-free calling via a Bluetooth-enabled phone, and to select and play music from a connected (via USB) iPod or iPhone, among other functions.
Standard equipment on every 2013 Edge should again include a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, CD audio system, air conditioning, power locks, mirrors and windows, keyless entry, and a capless fuel filler. Ford’s MyKey system will likely remain standard to help parents set limits on teenage drivers by regulating maximum vehicle speed and audio volume to encourage seatbelt use.
Also returning as standard or optional on 2013 Edges, depending on trim level, will be such amenities as an auto-dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera for easier parking, leather upholstery, and a dual-screen backseat DVD entertainment system. Include on this list a GPS navigation system that features the subscription-based Sirius Travel Link system to display traffic reports, weather information, and gas prices (local and en route), plus sports scores and local movie times.
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