As crossovers continue to dominate automotive sales, more and more shoppers are looking for lower-mile, reliable used examples in an effort to save a little cash over buying new. That hasn’t been a terribly easy endeavor in recent months given the scorching hot used car market, but there are still some good deals to be found. That includes the 2018 Ford Edge, which recently made the cut on Consumer Reports’ most reliable mid-size crossovers list.
As Consumer Reports points out, the 2018 Ford Edge is still new enough to offer the same sort of technology and amenities we’d expect to find on the latest models. It praises this generation of Edge’s responsive handling, upscale interior, ride comfort, and effortless power, along with its spacious interior and rear cargo area.
Perhaps most importantly, the last-gen Ford Edge gets high marks for its reliability. CR’s data comes from 329,000 private vehicle owners that encompass its member base, all of whom filled out a survey that provides a wealth of data, including how reliable these vehicles have been in the real world.
Though CR has plenty of praise for the 2018 Edge’s standard 2.0L EcoBoost I-4, which produces 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, it notes that the crossover’s EPA rated 21 city miles-per-gallon isn’t terribly impressive. Other niggles include thick rear pillars that hinder visibility, so CR recommends looking for a model equipped with the optional blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert.
Otherwise, located a certified used or low-mile 2018 Ford Edge can be a great way to nab a modern mid-size crossover that’s reliable and practical for a very reasonable price. And since it isn’t terribly old, it won’t leave owners wanting for anything tech-related, either.
It is worth noting, however, that the Edge may not be long for this world, as the next-gen model has reportedly already been cancelled. Meanwhile, Ford Oakville Assembly Plant – where the Edge and Lincoln Nautilus are produced – will be retooled to produce five new electric vehicles following last year’s newly-announced UAW contract.