Licensed to Kill!

Review of Ford Edge Crossover

When James Bond, Quantum of Solace, was to pay the crook the full nemesis of his deeds, although he refused to exercise the full extent of his power, which is to kill and be happy, Bond merely decided to abandon him in the desert. Not too kind, you may say. One thing, however, that caught my attention in the movie was the four-legged machine from which the crook was dragged before the final judgment was bestowed on him. The getaway vehicle’s name in the flick is Edge, Ford Edge!

The Edge is available in three trims: SE and SEL plus the new-for-2008 Limited, which replaces last year’s SEL Plus. It’s available in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. All have a 265-hp 3.5-liter V6 engine and a 6-speed automatic transmission. Maximum towing capacity is 3500lb. The Edge comes packed with safety measures with the availability of ABS, traction control, anti-skid system, front side air-bags, and curtain side air-bags.

There are things one takes for granted when watching movies, and interesting ones at that. One of such things is the brand of vehicle commissioned as prop. The Ford Edge, aside from the advertorial advantage, was used in the Bond film to display to prospective owners, the stability of its crossover off-road features. The Ford Edge ranks in the middle of its class for performance, with featured comfortable ride and good acceleration, although some reviewers find the brakes disappointing.

The cabin area, to some extent, catches attention, with electronic climate and audio records, a helpful information screen, and lots of trays, nooks and storage pockets, compensating adequately even for a mother-driver, who needs not fear because the vehicle exhibits kid-friendly factors, with a roomy back seat which includes cup-holders and a reading light. What could mummy possibly still ask for!

The reliability score of the Edge is based on trending the past three years of historical initial quality and dependability data from an authority company in automobile studies, specifically, the Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) and the Initial Quality Study (IQS).

The Ford Crossover, having been applauded for its safety ratings, pleasing design, comfortable cabin and solid performance, regardless of the angle through which it is previewed, the machine is always looking studded and satisfying. Boasting of getting-it-all, with the awards the vehicle got from being named the ‘Best Cars for Families’ by Parent magazine, ‘Urban Truck of the Year’ award from Wheels, Inc, top-ten finisher in Motor Trend’s ‘Sport/Utility of the Year’ testing is considered, you’re confident of getting double-value for your money. The Ford family, as if the aforementioned are not enough, still goes the extra mile to ensure that a head-turner known for beauty, being sporty, safety and fun, to earn the name of Igwe by Nigerian users. And looking at the track record of the Ford Motors, less cannot be expected.

Although Ford products, compared to its rivals, are quite affordable, yet, you have to be prudent in adding options. And it is no surprise because Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of modern assembly lines, was credited with Fordism, that is, the mass production of large numbers of inexpensive automobiles using the assembly line, coupled with high wages of his workers.

With this year’s model offering new features, including a power lift-gate and Ford’s Sync hands-free infotainment system, Ford Edge is definitely a womanizer. Either supermarket parking lots, at street corners, on freeways, people can’t help but stare at Ford’s flashy new mid-size crossover vehicle. So if to cap it all, I call it James Bond, then I couldn’t be far from the truth, but then it is not licensed to kill, but rather, to impress.

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