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2008 Ford Edge

The car on the edge of societal accomplishment

By Durhl Caussey
Special to The Epoch Times
Feb 16, 2008

2008 Ford Edge (Courtesy of Ford Motors)
2008 Ford Edge (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

The Ford Edge has a sporty stance, sleek lines, and a crisp accent that combines good looks and great performance. All this beauty starts in the front, at the Ford three-bar chrome grille and quad-beam halogen headlamps.

The center is commanded by the available Vista Roof's wind diffuser and thick roof glass. The vent positions allow fresh air in while keeping bad weather out.

Late one afternoon in Dallas, we had a tremendous downpour and saw some flooding. But there were no problems for me as I drove the Edge through the city streets, feeling fresh and dry.

When the sun finally came out bright and hot, the dual power sunshades provided close to 100 percent sun blockage, helping to keep the cabin cool and protect against the sun's UV rays.

Whether you are getting away for the weekend or just overnight, the Edge offers the perfect section for rear comfort or storage area. It has 2 cu meters of overall cargo space or seating for up to five adults.

The Edge is available in three trims: the Sporty SE, the stylish SE1, and the luxurious new Limited. Each sets its own standards for quality, price, and endurance. I drove the Limited for one week and have some comments below.

Edge Limited

2008 Ford Edge Interior (Courtesy of Ford Motors)
2008 Ford Edge Interior (Courtesy of Ford Motors)

The Ford Edge Limited FWD has a capacity of five passengers, with an automatic V6 engine and an automatic overdrive transmission. Dual chrome exhaust tips, fog lamps, four-wheel disc brakes, power steering with leather steering wheel, and advance-track with RSC are just a few of the standard amenities.

Sporty, safe, and fun to drive perfectly describes the new Ford Edge. A safety canopy, Securilock passenger anti-theft, side-impact beams, side airbags, and a tire pressure monitor make for even safer driving.

With gas prices seemingly increasing daily, it is nice to know that the Edge is a guardian of the gas gauge with 14.7 L/100 km in the city and 9.8 on the highway. Town and country, for me, say my Edge got 10.7 L/100 km.

The Edge's 3-year/60,000 km bumper-to-bumper warranty with 5-yr./100,000 km. powertrain and 5-yr./100,000 km. roadside assistance is a great package. All these features, plus a distinctly different style, can be yours starting at about $33,000. Adding Sirius radio, a navigation system with DVD, SYNC Voice Activated System, power liftgate, and a trailer towing package can add another $4,500. The Ford Edge slogan is: "Try the Edge to see if it is right for you." Sounds like a challenge to me.

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this publication or dcaussey@sbcblobal.net .

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