If you look at early SUV models like Ford Explorers, Jeep Cherokees, and Toyota 4Runners, it’s easy to see that the exterior design, interior features, and performance specifications were all based off of close relatives in the manufacturer’s truck inventory.
In fact, SUVs from the 1990s to the mid-2000s were dominated by truck-based designs.
Crossover cars didn’t really break into the scene until 2006, a year when Ford changed everything. The 2006 Ford Edge was brought to market, and it changed the consumer’s appreciation for what a utility vehicle really meant. All of a sudden, car-based designs took a large chunk of the SUV market, and Crossover Utility Vehicles (CUVs) became mainstream.
Let’s take a glance at the specifications of a 2015 Ford Edge to see why it gets such high acclaim:
Engine: Base models offer a 2.0L Ecoboost Turbo 4-cylinder engine with 245 horsepower and 275 lb.ft torque. Higher end versions offer a 2.7L V6 engine with 315 horsepower and 350lb.ft torque.
Body Style: The sleek, smooth exterior looks fantastic as it soars down the street. The Edge’s design draws inspiration from the Ford Mustang line (yes, a sports car) and is sure to catch the eye of anyone who sees it.
Technology: This car is loaded with technology to make driving a unique and comfortable experience. The 2015 Edge includes innovative features such as blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, climate control, Ford Sync infotainment system, park assistance, and a 180-degree front camera with wipers to deflect washer fluid.
Performance: The Edge is ready to handle all road conditions, from winding corridors to rainy highways. Ford’s electric power-assisted steering is responsive, and the vehicle’s impressive acceleration and top speed help it keep up with any other vehicle on the road.
Cargo Space: 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row may be all that you need, but the Ford Edge has foldable seats that increase this volume to a whopping 73.4 cubic feet.