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Old 07-10-2013, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Last week while we were away we rented a 2013 Ford Edge Limited w/3.5L V-6 + AWD.. we own a 2013 Outback Limited w/2.5i engine + CVT..

Just some observations, the Edge was maybe the nicest rental car we've ever had, but it backed up my not really considering them when we bought the Outback.

- Engine - the V-6 in the Edge is up about 100hp compared to our 4-cyliner Outback, and mated to a 6-speed Auto. However it seemed almost useless as they've gone to such extremes to try and save fuel. It actually felt slower than the Outback since the throttle response and gear change logic is so biased towards efficiency. The CVT seems hugely better than the many-speed auto here since it can respond instantly when power is needed without killing fuel economy. I've never felt like I had to "beat" the Outback driving in the mountains even with the 4-cylinder. We were in North Carolina, both on the freeways and significant amounts of Mountain driving, the Edge would consistently lug to the point it couldn't maintain the speed limit unless I put it in "sport mode" and manually controlled the gear selection. It would seemingly go into 6th gear as soon as you hit about 30mph and then refuse to downshift unless you floored it. An incredibly unsatisfying automatic. The extra weight the Edge has for seemingly no extra space might be part of it. (Passenger volume is marginally bigger than the Outback while Cargo room is down compared to the Outback) We could only get about 18mpg off the highway in the Edge and struggled to get 22mpg on the highway. Pretty disappointing.

- Seats/Interior - The Outback is better from a utilitarian standpoint, The edge might look nicer. The Edge has a soft dash covering, but the Outback has softer coverings on the door, where you actually touch the car. The windowsill on the Edge is so hard you can't comfortably rest your left elbow on it while driving.

- Suspension - The Edge is much more stiffly sprung, and very well tuned, but the Outback seems better just because of it's lower weight, lower center of gravity, beter front/rear weight balance, better/faster steering response & feel, and better ability to absorb bumps. (Edge is still very good though)

- Gadgets - Sync is better than what the Outback has. I can't say the sound quality is better than the H/K system in the Outback, and Sync is still very fiddly and overcomplicated.

- Seats - Outback seats are better, although it is nice that the Limited model of the Edge has adjustable lumbar support. The rear seats in the Edge are inferior for mounting child car seats. The rear seat is too soft it is difficult to get the seats firmly mounted. The middle seat has it's "split" located right where a car seat rests, so we were unable to get the car seat level as one side would slide down into the gap.
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Last week while we were away we rented a 2013 Ford Edge Limited w/3.5L V-6 + AWD.. we own a 2013 Outback Limited w/2.5i engine + CVT..

Just some observations, the Edge was maybe the nicest rental car we've ever had, but it backed up my not really considering them when we bought the Outback.

- Engine - the V-6 in the Edge is up about 100hp compared to our 4-cyliner Outback, and mated to a 6-speed Auto. However it seemed almost useless as they've gone to such extremes to try and save fuel. It actually felt slower than the Outback since the throttle response and gear change logic is so biased towards efficiency. The CVT seems hugely better than the many-speed auto here since it can respond instantly when power is needed without killing fuel economy. I've never felt like I had to "beat" the Outback driving in the mountains even with the 4-cylinder. We were in North Carolina, both on the freeways and significant amounts of Mountain driving, the Edge would consistently lug to the point it couldn't maintain the speed limit unless I put it in "sport mode" and manually controlled the gear selection. It would seemingly go into 6th gear as soon as you hit about 30mph and then refuse to downshift unless you floored it. An incredibly unsatisfying automatic. The extra weight the Edge has for seemingly no extra space might be part of it. (Passenger volume is marginally bigger than the Outback while Cargo room is down compared to the Outback) We could only get about 18mpg off the highway in the Edge and struggled to get 22mpg on the highway. Pretty disappointing.

- Seats/Interior - The Outback is better from a utilitarian standpoint, The edge might look nicer. The Edge has a soft dash covering, but the Outback has softer coverings on the door, where you actually touch the car. The windowsill on the Edge is so hard you can't comfortably rest your left elbow on it while driving.

- Suspension - The Edge is much more stiffly sprung, and very well tuned, but the Outback seems better just because of it's lower weight, lower center of gravity, beter front/rear weight balance, better/faster steering response & feel, and better ability to absorb bumps. (Edge is still very good though)

- Gadgets - Sync is better than what the Outback has. I can't say the sound quality is better than the H/K system in the Outback, and Sync is still very fiddly and overcomplicated.

- Seats - Outback seats are better, although it is nice that the Limited model of the Edge has adjustable lumbar support. The rear seats in the Edge are inferior for mounting child car seats. The rear seat is too soft it is difficult to get the seats firmly mounted. The middle seat has it's "split" located right where a car seat rests, so we were unable to get the car seat level as one side would slide down into the gap.
You do realize that the Edge is one of the oldest designs Ford is still selling today right?
Also about 3yrs ago Ford started raising its pricing on all its models. The Edge that offers limited type options was priced nearly 10K more than the limited OB.
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