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Auto review: For all its quirks, it should be the Ford Edgy ST

By Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

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Its power also comes on like an old Econoline, though — the handling gets erratic quickly in hard starts.

Twisty: The 8-speed transmission works smoothly, but the dial shifter is not my cup of tea. Especially in three-point turns. Navigating the tight turnaround in the Sturgis family driveway, back and forth, back and forth — the dial doesn't feel intuitive, and Mr. Driver's Seat fears he might set the dial to "Smash."

Consider he had more than once absentmindedly cranked up the stereo instead of putting the vehicle into gear. Let's hope the reverse never occurs.

The all-wheel drive is standard on the Edge ST.

On the road: The Edge ST does handle nicely on country roads, though it's no sports car. It's super for cruising on the highway as well, handling high speeds with aplomb.

On the down side, it translates all the bends, dips, and washboards distinctly, and maybe even with extra amplification.

 

Stuck in traffic: The other down side to the Edge ST comes when you're not zipping around by yourself. All the flaws of the vehicle seemed pronounced when I wasn't able to push it — the hard shifts and the slightly erratic accelerator made everyone glare at Mr. Driver's Seat on occasion.

Driver's Seat: Despite my opening whines, the Edge ST provides a comfortable place for drivers. Even Sturgis Kid 4.0 remarked on how comfortable the front passenger seat is. But the wings sit quite close together in the ST bolstered suede seats and make for sore hips after a while.

Friends and stuff: The rear seat offers room and comfort as well. Stretch out your legs and wiggle your toes, and even tall people should be able to sit straight up, and the seat sits at a nice angle. Only the middle person will suffer decreased foot room and legroom because of the console.

Bun warmers back here come as part of a $4,840 package that also cooled the front seats and added panoramic sunroof, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise, and more.

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