At this year's Chicago Auto Show, Ford is set to unveil the new 2011 Ford Edge, which gets new styling inside and out, plus the availability of three different engines. At this year's Chicago Auto Show, Ford is set to unveil the new 2011 Ford Edge, which gets new styling inside and out, plus the availability of three different engines. Under the hood, the 2011 Edge will have a choice of three different engines, one of which is Ford's new 2.0L EcoBoost 4-cyl. In addition to delivering customer-focused technology, the new Edge also showcases Ford's impressive drive to bring new powertrain options to the customer.
In addition, the arrival of the new 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine in the months ahead will give customers still more choice and will deliver class-leading fuel economy with impressive power and torque. The new EcoBoost I-4 will be mated to a six-speed transmission that will help channel the impressive performance from the new EcoBoost engine. In all, the Edge will go from one engine and one transmission to three powertrains - all delivering what's expected to be class-leading or unsurpassed fuel economy and class-leading power and torque for a real win-win for the customer. New 18-inch tires, standard on the Edge SEL and Edge Limited, and new wheels that are one-half inch wider than the outgoing product provide a more engaging steering feel.
The original Edge set numerous benchmarks in overall quietness, and that tradition continues as the 2011 Ford Edge has better wind noise than many premium vehicles such as the Lexus RX350, Audi Q5 and Acura MDX. Both road noise and wind noise are significantly decreased in the 2011 Edge because of improvements found throughout the interior and exterior, including powertrain. The bolder, more seamlessly flowing exterior design freshening is mirrored by a complementary interior, characterized by increased craftsmanship, improved materials and overall better execution. Increased presence is announced through a bolder grille and a chin spoiler that appears more crafted. The 2011 Edge Sport is powered by a 3.7-liter Ti-VCT V-6 engine that produces 305 horsepower and is similar to the one added to the 2011 Ford Mustang.
The Edge Sport's class-exclusive 22-inch polished aluminum wheels have distinctive Tuxedo Black spoke accents.
In SelectShift mode, the transmission doesn't second-guess the driver, offering total control over gear selection and performance feel.
When the system is in manual mode, engine speed matching provides faster and smoother downshifts, and customers get the gear they request within the limits of the rev limiter.
When a lower gear is selected while descending a long downhill grade, the 2011 Ford Edge Sport in SelectShift mode will hold that gear until the driver manually upshifts or returns to the fully automatic setting.
The industry-first MyFord Touch driver connect technology provides a smarter, safer, simpler way to connect drivers with in-car technologies and their digital lives. Standard on the 2011 Edge Limited and 2011 Edge Sport, the MyFord Touch system displays information using two 4.2-inch full-color LCD screens flanking an analog speedometer and an 8-inch touch-screen LCD at the top of the center stack. The steering wheel has all the necessary functions available in a very compact area, right where the driver's hand falls as he or she grabs the wheel. Also new on the 2011 Ford Edge is the world's first use of iTunesA® Tagging in an available factory-installed HD Radioa„? receiver. Once a song is tagged and customers dock their iPod to the SYNC system, the tagged song information will transfer to that iPod. One significant benefit of HD Radio technology is that the sound quality of the broadcast is dramatically better because of the digital transmission - FM sounds like a CD and AM sounds like today's FM broadcasts.
The 2011 Ford Edge will be built at Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, and will be available in dealers this summer. The once mega-popular SUV that started it all has been redesigned in every way in the hopes of a powerful resurgence.
The new 2011 Ford Explorer will undoubtedly please SUV fans but it might leave families flat, thanks to a tight second row and high step-in height. The XLT model adds 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, fog lamps, rear parking sensors, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a keyless entry code pad and satellite radio.
For the new 2011 Explorer XLT, Ford offers the Rapid Spec Option Group 201A that adds a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control and the Driver Connect Package. The Limited includes the XLT’s Rapid Spec item plus 20-inch wheels, keyless ignition and entry, remote engine start, a 110-volt power outlet and a 12-speaker Sony sound system with HD radio.
The 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with a 3.5 liter V6 engines that produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The new 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with stability and traction control, trailer sway control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and MyKey, which allows parents to specify limits for vehicle speed and stereo volume.
The Explorer is the third Ford product (following the Edge and the Lincoln) to offer the company’s new touch-screen infotainment system. Seating for seven is standard with an option for center bucket seats that reduce capacity to six passenger. There may have been a lot of arched eyebrows leading up to the 2011 Explorer, but after driving it, the only looks of surprise are likely to be accompanied by feelings of delight. Over the last couple of days we’ve had the opportunity to test drive a beautiful blue Ford Edge. We thought there were so many wonderful features about the Ford Edge that I put together a list of our favorites.
I absolutely loved this especially when my hands were full of groceries or the kids school bags and take home projects.
When the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) detects traffic slowing down, it will automatically slow down your Ford Edge. MyFord Touch is an industry first and it’s an amazing feature that offers incredible convenience.
Above is a photo of the climate control and here’s area a few more pictures of the MyFord Touch system and you can see even more options below under Ford Sync.
I like that Tired Dad Dave set it up so that every time we got into the car, Ford Sync automatically detected our phones and we were able to use the in-car speaker system to use the phone. I also like that when the kids need something and I am stopped at a stoplight, I am able to easily reach them.

The nice part about having the backseat within a reachable distance of the front seats, is that allows for a large and very spacious trunk. To give you a better idea of how big the trunk is Kora & Logan hopped up and posed for a photo. There area few  other features of the Ford Edge and they really made the crossover stand out.
It was mentioned above how nice the Ford Touch system is, but I found these controls just as easy to use. The center console between the driver and passenger seat offers a wonderful selection of storage and organizational features.
As you can see from the rave reviews from all of us, we all loved the Ford Edge and recommend it to anyone looking to buy their next vehicle. Tesa (pronounced Taysa) is a work-at-home mom who enjoys blogging while raising her family in Detroit, MI.
Like it's cousin the Lincoln MKX, the 2011 Edge gets a new front fascia and revised rear end.
Ford claims that the new 2.0L will be 30 percent more fuel efficient than the V6 was in 2006, but will have the performance feel of a V6.
10, 2010 - Style and technology - the hallmarks of Ford Edge since it took the midsize crossover segment by storm starting in 2006 - come together in an all-new way, offering customers even more of what they love for the 2011 model year. 1-selling vehicle in its segment in its first full year on the market, and more than 330,000 have been sold since its launch in late 2006.
The SelectShift Automatica„? transmission is standard on the 2011 Edge SEL and Limited series, with class-exclusive paddle activation of the SelectShift standard on the 2011 Edge Sport. With the introduction of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4, fuel economy on the new Edge will be 30 percent better than it was in 2006. Twenty-inch tires with new wider wheels are optional on the Edge Limited while the Edge Sport has class-exclusive 22-inch wheels standard. Key brake system upgrades include steel pistons, larger rear rotors, revised brake friction materials, revised brake booster gain and revised pedal ratios, all of which enable more initial bite and a firmer, more confident feel when customers press on the brake pedal. Both the front and rear subframe mounts have been upgraded, adding to the increased tunability of the suspension and improving NVH (noise, vibration, harshness). The result is an improved articulation index, which measures how easy it is to hear and understand someone in the vehicle. Improved fit-and-finish, softer touchpoints, and flexibility in terms of stowage in the cabin and throughout mark the 2011 Ford Edge.
The A-pillar flows into the hood, which adds subtle undulations to create a heightened sculptural quality. The 2011 Edge Sport includes all of the content found on Edge SEL as well as a specially tuned suspension, paddle shift transmission and its own unique style. Other unique styling cues include a Tuxedo Black grille, smoked headlamp and taillamp treatment, body-color rocker moldings, oval chrome exhaust tips, body-color door cladding and revised body-color lower front and rear fascias.
Upshifts, for instance, are not commanded at redline, and downshifts are allowed at the lowest gear possible as defined by the engine speed. To ensure safe shifting, the transmission will downshift to the lowest acceptable gear, based on a calculated maximum speed.
It replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with clear, crisp LCD screens and five-way controls like those found on cell phones and MP3 players. A five-way switch on each side of the steering wheel crossbar controls the information displayed on the corresponding instrument panel screens. Unlike analog broadcasts, digital broadcasts aren't susceptible to interference, fadeout and other issues.
It also helps reduce speed and automatically pre-charges brakes and engages an electronic brake assist system to help drivers stop more quickly when the system detects a collision is imminent. The standard MyKey feature allows owners to designate keys that can limit the vehicle's top speed and audio volume. A new platform, interior, exterior, engines and enhanced fuel economy highlight now the 2011 Ford Explorer has evolved. Standard equipment of 2011 Ford Explorer includes 17-inch steel wheels, privacy glass, integrated blind spot mirrors, roofs rails, cruise control, a six-way power driver seat, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, MyFord advanced trip computer and a six-speaker sound system with a CD-player and an auxiliary audio jack. Called MyFord Touch, it integrates navigation, audio, climate and phone function into an eight-inch touch screen while reducing the number of physical controls. We will be in the market to buy a new vehicle in the next couple of months and have started researching which car to buy. Even better if you need all four doors to unlock at once simple open the passenger door instead, again no key needed.
It doesn’t matter though because the camera still served its purpose and gave me a good idea of what was behind me. My Ford Touch allows you to customize climate control, radio settings, navigation, your phone, and your music library, all on a large center console touch screen and through switch pads on the steering wheel. We enjoyed using this system and think it’s a wonderful safety feature because it makes it so much easier to keep your eyes on the road with the easy to read displays and touch screen or steering wheel buttons at your finger tips.
It felt so much safer and Kora & Logan loved it because they could hear and talk to Grandma while we drove.
They aren’t sitting a million miles away from me which as every parent know is important when you have to pick up that dropped book or quickly hand out a tissue.
Underneath the lid (photo bottom left) there’s places to store business cards, pens, and tissues. In between naps, Tesa enjoys writing about family life, giving back, food, tech, and travel.
NerdDad will be needing a new car in not that long and this definitely grabs my interest;). Inside the Edge get's Ford's new MyFord Touch driver connect technology, which replaces traditional vehicle buttons, knobs and gauges with LCD screens and five-way controls like those found on cell phones and MP3 players.

The second engine is the 3.5L V6, which gets (Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing, or Ti-VCT) and now puts out 285 horsepower and 253 lb-ft. The 2011 Ford Edge now aims to redefine the segment with a wide-ranging scope of improvements. This beats competitors such as the BMW X5, Lexus RX350 and Audi Q5, all while delivering unsurpassed fuel economy of 27 mpg (3.5-liter V-6 highway).
Plus, Ford's newest EcoBoost engine will deliver on the promise of 15 percent fuel economy improvements versus the Edge's current 3.5-liter V-6 engine while offering the performance feel of a six-cylinder. The shocks now feature a high-flow piston, which allows engineers to tune for both road loads and driving dynamics, without compromising ride for handling or vice versa. The larger rear subframe bushing's rubber volume was increased by more than 500 percent compared with the outgoing bushings, improving the isolation between the subframe and the body, which in turn helps decrease road noise.
The 2011 Edge also features an acoustic headliner, and the microphone for the SYNCA® system has been relocated so it is closer to the driver for improved voice recognition. The intake and exhaust systems have been completely retuned for a crisper note corresponding to Ford powertrain DNA. That means if a vehicle were traveling at highway speeds, the driver could not downshift to first gear in SelectShift mode. The screens can be personalized to display information relevant to each individual driver using a simple button click, voice command or touch-screen tap.
With a simple push of a "TAG" button on the MyFord touch-screen display, the song information will be stored in the radio's memory.
In hopes of delivering a successful three-row crossover, Ford has gutted its best-selling seven-seat SUV, the Explorer. Four-wheel drive is optional and includes Ford’s Terrain Management system, a selectable four-mode system that optimizes traction in different conditions. We have 2 kids, Kora & Logan, and in between trips to the lake and walks with our dog Yoshi, we love blogging & sharing the best for families including gadgets, apps, trips, pets, food, fun, and more. Since the Ford Edge arrived last week, we’ve thrown all that research out the window. If you’re in the market for a new vehicle check out the Ford Edge and the list below and why we think it is a fantastic family car full of features that provide comfort, convenience, and fun!
There is a line of lights in front of the steering wheel at the base of the windshield and it alerts you by sound as well.
The information is then displayed on three LCD screens including the 8-inch center console and two in the dashboard instrument cluster. After a quick set-up, we were able to sync our iPhones with the Ford Edge through Bluetooth technology. I thought that was great because it kept them busy and happy while I was able to concentrate on driving.
You can input your destination and receive turn-by-turn directions by touch or through the Edge’s speakers and get traffic alerts as well. In fact, there was so much room between the car seats that I was able to fit between the seats for a short ride when Tired Dad Dave’s mom came with us to a neighborhood party the other day. And the trunk is so big we won’t feel a loss when we turn in our large SUV to buy the Ford Edge. The result is a flatter response through turns and over hills while still providing a comfortable ride.
Finally, a "tighter" torque converter reduces engine rpm on launch and tip-in events, reducing engine noise. Customers then can preview, and if they desire, purchase and download tagged songs from the iTunes Store. We loved having the Edge so much that it has moved to the top of our list and can’t wait to have the money to go car shopping! We know this because our neighbor needs to trim his tree alongside his house, it leans over into our driveway a bit but not enough for it to brush our car, however the Rear View Camera picked it up every time. Using the Rear View Camera made seeing what was behind me a snap and I am really going to miss the peace of mind it gave me knowing I wasn’t going to pull out into any unseen oncoming vehicles. It only came on twice in the time we had it  – when other cars suddenly pulled out in front of us.
The Ford Sync Smartphone connection offered a number of  wonderful features in itself including quick dial, phone book, and call history all of which you can see in the photos below. On top of all of that you can also hear customized content anytime with personalized news, stocks, sports, weather, horoscopes, and movie times.
The console is very deep and can hold a lot and also has USB Ports, 3 different jacks, and a battery charger.
For example, the 3.5-liter V-6 with Ti-VCT technology delivers highway fuel economy that is 15 percent better than the Nissan Murano but produces 20 horsepower more. Finally, baked-on expandable foam baffles in the fenders and D-pillars help seal out unwanted road noise. A new high-tech 2.0 liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylindr engine will be disponible soon. We didn’t feel like we were going to get in an accident but were thankful for the warning and could see how the warning sounds and lights grab your attention and are a wonderful tool for accident prevention.
It also offers the option to support text messaging via Bluetooth, which we didn’t have a subscription for but I thought is a great option.

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