The year 2007 marked the debut of the Ford Edge SEL Plus, the car that sparked the crossover craze in America. Even today, this model still holds much appeal for any driver in the used vehicle market. It’s been a wildly appreciated SUV ever since its release in no small part due to its fantastic performance.
The 3.5L V6 in the Edge SEL Plus really puts things in motion in an awful hurry. You’ll own the streets of Seattle with 265 HP at 6,250 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 250 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 RPM. And if you’re worried about dumping all your cash at the pump, don’t be. You won’t be stopping at gas stations often when driving this Ford—the EPA estimates you’ll receive 25 highway / 18 city MPG.
And then there’s the six-speed automatic setup. We don’t often spend a ton of time speaking on transmissions but the system employed here is unique. Ford teamed up with General Motors on a special collaboration for this Edge model. It’s designed to operate in front-wheel drive mode whenever possible—at least, up until it encounters more difficult terrain that necessitates greater traction. It’s at this point that it intelligently switches over to AWD mode to handle the task.