Visually, the Edge retains that chunky sharpness which elegantly disguises just how big vehicles in this class have become. Underneath, Ford has switched the Edge onto a variation of the chassis that underpins the current Fusion, promising a handling upgrade made more noticeable in part by adaptive steering, an electronic setup that changes the steering ratio based on speed.
All engines still come yoked to a six-speed automatic and optional all-wheel-drive, and while Ford promised some gain in efficiency it declined to share any specifics.
When the climate controls aren't enough, drivers can heat and cool the front seats, warm the steering wheel or heat the back seats, all while giving voice commands to MyFordTouch.
The new chassis brings a bit of added size outside, but Ford managed to thin some components for more interior space, with cargo capacity behind the second row growing by 7 cubic feet to 39.2 cu. ft.
But Ford says it will now sell the Edge in 100 countries worldwide, betting that whether they cal it soccer or football, harried parents around the globe need a chunky SUV.