2011 Ford Edge Sport AWD

The thing about the 2011 Ford Edge Sport AWD: Rollin’ on 22s to Applebee’s The Edge arrived on the market in late 2006, and since then has been one of the more respectably selling midsize crossovers.

The thing about the 2011 Ford Edge Sport AWD: Rollin’ on 22s to Applebee’s

The Edge arrived on the market in late 2006, and since then has been one of the more respectably selling midsize crossovers. But Doyle Letson, chief designer of the 2011 Edge, was faced with a product that works, yet which needed to have a little something more to make it, well, edgier. Or at least more distinctive than it had been. So they sharpened things up a bit, making enhancements both outside and in. But they had the opportunity to go even further with the Edge Sport.

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You need look no further than the 22-in. forged aluminum wheels on the car to understand that this is something more than a little special in the family crossover segment. It wasn’t all that long ago that 20s were big. The Edge is available with 17s. But here’s the Edge Sport with the 22s, smoked headlamps flanking a Tuxedo Black grilles. Smoked tail lamps in the back along with oval-shaped chrome exhaust tips. Body colored rockers and door cladding in between. Inside, “Silver Smoke” interior appliqués and seat inserts. Aluminum pedal covers on the floor and paddle shifters on the wheel. A 305-hp 3.7-liter V6 under the hood. Riding on a sport-tuned suspension. Sony premium audio system. SYNC voice activated system. Leather trimmed seats. An interior quality that is a cut above what you might expect from a crossover.

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Yes, the kind of vehicle that when you roll to your local eatery with the kids in the back, you’re not feeling so, well, adult, grown up, or. . .old.

Which is undoubtedly the point. Let’s face it: There is both a need (if you leave the kids at home there is 68.9-cu-ft of space behind the first row) and desire (the vehicle sits high so there’s better visibility than you’re going to get in a sedan) for crossovers. Yet in some ways they’ve become sort of minivanish.

And in the Sport array, there’s no vanishing—it is, comparatively speaking, in your grille.

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Still, if you’re going to be traveling up and down the highways and byways—commuting on roads that have potholes treated with the tossed shovels of asphalt or taking long summer rides up north—you might want to reconsider the Sport because the suspension is a bit on the tuned side, especially as compared with the conventional Edge. And while the conventional Edge comes with a 285-hp 3.5-liter V6, realize that when you’re talking about a vehicle with a curb weight in excess of 4,000 lb. (for the AWD version you’re talking 4,265 lb), the additional horsepower isn’t all that noticeable.

Again: If you want the look and feel of something that isn’t quite as ordinary in the crossover segment, then the Ford Edge Sport could be your ticket.

Then again, you could just accept the fact that you need a five-passenger car and have a tendency to carry stuff, and just live without the 22s and what comes with it. But then you could also forego high heels for more sensible shoes, too, and what’s the likelihood of that happening?

Selected Specs

Engine: 3.7-liter, 24-valve Ti-VCT V6

Material: Aluminum bock and heads

Horsepower: 305 @ 6,500 rpm

Torque: 280 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

Wheelbase: 111.2 in.

Length: 184.2 in.

Width: 76 in.

Height: 67 in.

Fuel economy (AWD): 17.23/19 mpg

Base MSRP: $38,070