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According to popular American folklore, you should always buy the biggest engine available. Such thinking likely became prevalent in the 1950s, when the American automotive industry was busy building new V8 engines, experimenting with multiple carburetors and high compression, and generally discovering the art of hot-rodding. Gas prices? Fuel economy? Pfft. It was a great time to be an American.

These days, life isn't quite so simple. There are countless reasons to consider a downsized powerplant. First off, we all care about fuel mileage and many of us care about emissions. Then there's the cost consideration, and, finally, the biggest engine isn't always the best performer. Proof of such can be seen in the new 2011 Ford Edge, that we just drove ourselves and that was recently put through the full testing regime by the boys at Motor Trend.

There are currently two V6 engines available in the Edge (a 2.0-liter EcoBoost is on the way in a few months), a 3.5-liter and a 3.7, which comes straight from the Mustang. Power for the smaller engine comes in at 280 horses and 253 pound-feet of torque. The larger 3.7 puts out 305 horses and 280 lb-ft and is available only in the Edge Sport. So, the Sport is the fastest, right?

Not so fast... literally. MT clocked a 7.1-second run to 60 in the base Edge, but only managed a disappointing 7.6 seconds in the 3.7-powered Edge Sport. Apparently, the problem is weight. The base Edge tipped MT's scales at 4075 pounds while the Sport came in at an obese 4405, part of which can be explained by the addition of all-wheel drive. In any case, the Edge Sport, with its massive 22-inch wheels and wide tires, can't keep up with the base Edge in a straight line.

On the flip side, the AWD Edge Sport (with those aforementioned oversize wheels and tires) handily out-handled its base model sibling. In other words, this is a case where you need to pick your poison, either handling or straight-line acceleration. And of course the upcoming EcoBoost will add another interesting option to consider in a few short months.


Gallery: 2011 Ford Edge: First Drive



[Source: Motor Trend]Whoops! MT discovers Ford Edge Sport slower than less powerful SEL model originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 23 Aug 2010 19:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Honestly, I'm not too surprised by this. First of all, 22s are ridiculously large for a vehicle the size of the Edge. Sure, they give it that cool, "Hot Wheels" look, but those things are boat anchors, and add a lot of unsprung weight and rotational inertia to the wheels.

I remember when I had my VW GTI, I swapped out the stock 16s (which seem tiny by today's standards) for 18s. I couldn't tell a huge difference afterward, but a while later, when I swapped the 16s back on to go to an autocross, the difference was night-and-day. The car accelerated so much more responsively with the 16s on it! I think the SEL is the way to go, unless you're totally infatuated with the look of the double-deuces on the Edge.
 

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the GM fan bois are going to have a field day with this
 

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This kind of tickles me cuz I've always been against ginormous wheels.
It's not just overall weight or even (like this) unsprung weight,
but oversized wheels put their weight out at a farther radius which is like having 4 flywheels that fight against acceleration AND DEcceleration!
I haven't studied the article but do they mention braking distances??
 

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They tested a FWD SEL to a AWD Sport. Apples and oranges.
I didn't realize that^
and still not where I can go over the article
but
looked at the OrderGuide and the axle ratios are interesting
- all SPORTs, Fwd & Awd, have a 3.39 Final Drive Ratio
- all others have 3.16
- EXCEPT for the AWD Limited w/20" wheels which uses the Sport's 3.39
(assuming I read it right)
sure makes it complicated to figure out the real reasons for the (so far) results...
...but Not impossible afaik
 

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I didn't realize that^
and still not where I can go over the article
but
looked at the OrderGuide and the axle ratios are interesting
- all SPORTs, Fwd & Awd, have a 3.39 Final Drive Ratio
- all others have 3.16
- EXCEPT for the AWD Limited w/20" wheels which uses the Sport's 3.39
(assuming I read it right)
sure makes it complicated to figure out the real reasons for the (so far) results...
...but Not impossible afaik
I think MT knew full well what they were doing and used it as a fast one to get attention.
 
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