First Drive: Ford's Edge

Ford needs a hit to lift its aging lineup. The all-new Edge crossover offers good looks and decent gas mileage, but the price isn't cheap

Ford executives, reeling from financial and market share declines and in the middle of another phase of restructuring, say the new Ford Edge crossover ute is by far the most important vehicle it will introduce this year. While it represents just one of 23 Ford brand models listed on such sites as Edmunds.com, the success of the Edge will be nothing short of a referendum on whether the struggling company and current management are on the right track.

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