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Ford Edge Review: A Father & Son Hockey Roadtrip

Ford Edge Review: A Father & Son Hockey Roadtrip

My friend Erin and her family recently had the opportunity to test drive a new Ford Edge…well actually Erin’s husband, Murray, got to test drive it. Erin is still waiting for her turn, especially because he enjoyed the experience so much. Here is Murray’s Ford Edge review:

I think it’s fair to say that one thing minor hockey players look forward to the most are the out of town hockey tournaments. The opportunity to compete for a gold medal, enjoy a hotel with a pool (preferably with waterslides), and become friends as well as teammates usually make these weekends memorable ones – for parents too.

For these reasons, I was looking forward to taking our son to a tournament that wasn’t just out of town, it was out of the country! Missoula, Montana is a seven-hour drive away from our home in Calgary, Alberta and it would just be my son and I making the trip. As we were planning our trip, the opportunity to test drive a 2017 Ford Edge Sport came along and we knew we couldn’t pass it up.

Ford Edge Styling

One of the first things I noticed about the Edge was how easily all of our gear fit in the trunk. Gavin was going to be playing goalie for their first game and the Edge fit both the goalie bag, his regular hockey bag, hockey sticks, two suitcases, two backpacks and my camera case without blocking any of the windows.  As he settled in for the long drive, Gavin was relieved to see that there was a USB charger easily accessible from his seat in the back. This meant that he would be able to use his tablet all the way without worrying about how much battery power he had left.

I had made arrangements to travel, convoy-style, with two other fathers and sons who were driving down together. Once on the highway, I quickly appreciated the Intelligent All-Wheel Drive that the Edge was equipped with. I set the cruise control speed and the distance I wanted to keep between me and the vehicle ahead, and the Edge took care of the rest. When it came time to pass a vehicle, the system would speed up on its own once I moved into the open lane and revert back once I was in the right lane again.  I never had to worry about re-setting the cruise control and the ride was extremely smooth.

Interior Comfort in the Ford Edge

In fact, the driver’s seat of the Edge was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever been in. The seat also remembered my original adjustments and would revert to them from its original position every time I sat down. It even raised the seat up a bit so that it felt more like I was driving a truck than a cross-over.

While Gavin was on his tablet, I found a nineties station on the Sirius XM network that the Edge came with (I think he was happy he didn’t have to listen to the “oldies” that his dad liked). The interface for choosing media was very user-friendly – when the Ford representative was doing the initial demonstration I wasn’t sure if I would be able to figure out how to do everything in the short time that I had with the vehicle, but it was quite easy.

Shortly after crossing the border (where the agent remarked on how quiet the Edge ran), we made a pit stop to have a bite to eat and regroup. The route that my traveling partner’s navigation system had put us on didn’t seem to be the most efficient, so I showed them the one that the SYNC 3 system in the Edge was recommending. It appeared that it could get us to Missoula faster than our original plan could, and we decided to follow it for the remainder of the trip.

We got to Missoula with plenty of time to check in to our hotel and get to the arena for the team’s first game. There was fair distance between the two places, but again, SYNC 3 got us there with minimal effort on my part. No wrong turns! My wife is usually around to navigate and give me directions when I am driving in an unfamiliar city, so I appreciated this feature a lot.

After the game, we used the foot-activated hands-free lift gate to get Gavin’s equipment back into the Edge without the usual juggling. Although sometimes it took a few passes for the system to sense my foot and open the back, it was still more convenient than having to set things down. I imagine it would be especially convenient for those trips when your hands are full of grocery bags.

The next day, I again relied on the navigation system to get us to the rink on time (it was a different one than the night before). I was also able to use the SYNC system to find a list of gas stations that were nearby. It even did a cost comparison for me so I could drive to the one with the cheapest gas! (It gave this Canadian easy directions to Target and Krispy Kreme too.)

The long trip to Missoula proved to be worthwhile as the boys won the tournament with a decisive 12-3 victory in the A-final. As the only Canadian team in the tournament, they felt there was a bit of national pride on the line and played accordingly. Most importantly though, they all had a lot of fun.

On the way home, we decided to mix it up a bit. I was still traveling with the other fathers/sons, but the kids all wanted to ride together. For the first half, all three boys were in the back of the Edge. While they are all still young boys, the amount of room in the back seat looked sufficient enough to fit them when they become teenagers. We had a great trip back. Once again, the Edge performed very well on the highway, handling the mountain roads and its twists and turns with ease. The sight lines inside the vehicle were excellent, allowing all of us to enjoy the scenery as we drove home through the Rockies.

Overall, the Ford Edge Sport exceeded my expectations. I was not expecting such a comfortable ride in a vehicle with so many extra features at this price point. If you are looking for a mid-size SUV that can meet the needs of a busy family, I would definitely recommend that you consider this one.

Disclosure: Ford supplied the Edge for this road trip to allow for a review. As always, all opinions are those of the author. 

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Susan

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Wow. What a fabulous vehicle. And I bet they had an a amazing trip.

William Graham

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

Merry, for the update. I have a 2017 Ford Edge Sport on order and should have it in a couple of weeks. Eagerly awaiting it!!

Merry Kuchle

Tuesday 11th of April 2017

That's exciting!!!

William Graham

Monday 10th of April 2017

The article says "EDGE SPORT" but the "DISCLAIMER" below says "FLEX." What vehicle was tested? Big difference between the two.

Merry Kuchle

Monday 10th of April 2017

It's the Edge Sport. I typed the wrong thing. Sorry about that!

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