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Best & Worst Years of Ford Edge – Graphs & Owner Surveys

The best years of the Ford Edge are: 2019-2020, 2015, 2011-2013, and 2009. The years you should absolutely avoid are: 2007-2008, 2010, 2014, and 2016-2018. Most issues are related to electrical gremlins, faulty sensors, and the catalytic converter wearing out.

Ford Edge parked near the woods

The Ford Edge was an early player in the mid-size crossover segment, slotting between the compact Escape and full-size Explorer. Arriving over 15 years ago, the Edge traded on the novel idea – at the time – of combining sedan driving dynamics with the cabin space and commanding ride height of an SUV. 

Consistently hitting sales numbers in the six figures, the Ford Edge has been a steady presence in the Blue Oval lineup. But as with any vehicle, some years are better than others, so we’ve looked back over 15 years of FIXD data to discover the best and worst model years of the Ford Edge.

Best Years



All–time FIXD Reliability Score highs

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Successful launch of 2nd-gen model

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Comprehensive powertrain updates result in strong reliability

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Impressive increases in both reliability categories

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Worst Years



1st-gen launch reliability issues

>> See 2007-2008 Ford Edge for sale


FIXD and Owner Reliability Score declines

>> See 2010 Ford Edge for sale


Poor safety and reliability

>> See 2014 Ford Edge for sale


FIXD Reliability Score drops and stays low

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Ford Edge Engine Reliability Score, Safety Ratings, MPG, and Value v.s. Maintenance & Repair Costs Year by Year

The first chart below, Ford Edge Reliability Score, is the most important factor in our best and worst model year rankings. It combines objective FIXD device data with subjective owner-reported information. 

It’s not unusual for the first year of a new generation – like 2007 – to struggle with reliability as production kinks are worked out, which is reflected in the chart. This theme plays out across the industry, including with competitors like the Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

From there, we blend in published government safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and fuel efficiency figures per fueleconomy.gov

We also incorporate market values from Kelley Blue Book (KBB) against owner-reported annual maintenance costs. That goes into the ranking decision along with owner survey answers and pertinent safety recalls. Lastly, with details on common Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), we can create the final rankings below. 

If you’re in the market for a car, take a look at our article on the USA’s most reliable and cheapest to repair cars in the U.S. Don’t get stuck with a lemon, use our data to help you shop.

Engine Reliability Score – Over The Years

Ford Edge Reliability Score

The FIXD Reliability score (green line on the Ford Edge Reliability chart) is based on the number of CELs thrown by each model year. After tallying them up, we weight this objective score by mileage and convert it into a 1-10 scale where 10 is the best and 1 is the worst. 

By asking Edge owners, “How reliable would you say your car is?”, we can pull together a subjective reliability score for comparison. This multiple-choice question offers answers from “Just Point A to Point B driving” to “I could take a cross-country trip, no problem.” After converting the answer into a 1-10 scale, we create the Owner Reliability Score (gray line) above.

As you can see, the objective and subjective reliability scores typically move in the same direction. But occasionally, like in 2007, the scores diverge dramatically in what is typically a data-driven rebuttal of positive owner sentiment. We’ll explain this in the relevant section below but it helps illustrate the importance of analyzing both sets of data. 

You can find out more about our reliability scoring process at the bottom of this article and learn about some of the most common CELs to expect from Ford.

NHTSA Safety Score – Over The Years

Ford Edge NHTSA Safety Rating

Ford Edge (green line) safety scores mostly matched – or ranked higher than – the auto industry average (gray line) on safety over the past 15 years. In 2011, the NHTSA instituted more strenuous testing protocols and Edge safety dropped along with the rest of the market.

Both the gray line – average crash test safety rating across the industry – and the green line – Edge safety ratings – illustrate published NHTSA data. 

Understanding how a given model year of the Ford Edge ranks for safety is important as it plays a big role in keeping insurance premiums down. If you live in one of the states listed below, we can show you the cheapest vehicles to insure in yours. 

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MPG – Over The Years

Ford Edge Average MPG

By averaging the combined fuel economy figures – from fueleconomy.gov – across all trims of each model year, we can create the Ford Edge Average MPG chart above.

As with most vehicles that have been in production for this long, fuel efficiency generally improves over time as better technology enables more efficient fuel consumption. An example of this would be in 2015 when the average efficiency stepped up from 21 to 22 mpg thanks to a thorough revamp of the powertrain lineup.

Current Market Value of All Ford Edge Years & Cost Per Year to Repair and Maintain Each

Ford Edge Value vs Cost of Repairs

This chart plots current Ford Edge market values from KBB against average annual maintenance costs per owner surveys. It’s a useful data set that illustrates why some model years are best avoided. For example, maintenance costs ran high in 2007, averaging $1,000, which is one of the reasons we don’t recommend this model year. 

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Important Features Timeline

Ford Edge Timeline of Important Features

2007 – 1st-gen Edge debuts with a 265-horse 3.5L V6 and a 6-speed automatic

2008 – Voice-activated SYNC infotainment system arrives

2009 – SOS Post-Crash Alert system made lineup standard

2010 – No major changes

2011 – Comprehensive overhaul with interior and exterior revisions and a new 3.7L V6 option

2012 – Turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 offered with active grille shutters

2013 – AWD made available on all Edge models

2014 – Carryover year

2015 – 2nd-gen Edge debuts with updates top to bottom and a new twin-turbo 2.7L V6 option

2016 – Acoustic laminated windshield made standard, SYNC 3 software offered

2017 – Updates are limited to new wheel designs and paint colors

2018 – New Safe & Smart package brings driver aids like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning

2019 – Mid-cycle refresh includes a new 8-speed transmission and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system

2020 – Dual-zone automatic climate control becomes lineup standard

2021 – All models receive a 12-inch infotainment touchscreen and wireless smartphone mirroring

2022 – Off-road themed Adventure package added and AWD made standard

The Best Years of the Ford Edge

Ford Edge parked in the woods, side view

Taking into account FIXD and Owner reliability, government safety scores, fuel efficiency, and Edge owner survey responses, we’ve come up with this list of the best Ford Edges. Pertinent recall information and notes about common DTCs are included as well. 

Note: The 2021 Ford Edge is not included on our Best & Worst list due to a lack of data. 

2020 White Ford Edge on display at a showroom

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 10/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8/10

KBB Value: $16,769-$22,129

Fuel Economy: 23 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $393-$450

Safety Rating: 4.8/5

It’s easy to crown the 2019 and 2020 Ford as the very best model years. Why? Because the FIXD Reliability Score is a perfect 10 for both years, safety scores are above the industry average, fuel economy averages hit high points, market values move up with authority, maintenance costs are well below average, and recalls are few. 

There were only two recalls issued in 2019 with one for an issue with seat belt wear impacting fewer than 400 vehicles. Of the three recalls in 2020, a problem with the backup camera displaying a distorted image – or nothing at all – affected about 620,000 vehicles. 

A Ford dealership should repair any recall-related work at no charge for a vehicle up to 15 years old. You can use this NHTSA VIN tool to determine if your Edge has any outstanding recalls.

Yes, these Edges benefit from only being a few years old with mileage well under 75,000, but you have to factor in the addition of a new 8-speed transmission plus revisions to both the 2.0L inline-4 and twin-turbo 3.7L V6 engines. Typically, that level of powertrain updating results in reliability slips, but not so with these late-model Edges. 

Also notable is the 80% of owners who report using their Edge primarily as a family vehicle versus the 58% average for this metric. This could be related to the addition of standard automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and blind-spot monitoring in 2019 – all of which would serve to make any driver feel safer toting a family around.

Owners of these Edges universally agree that their SUV has great driver visibility and comfortable seats. As for repair costs, it’s not unusual for owners of any vehicle to gripe about how expensive shop visits can be. And yet, the number of 2019 and 2020 Edge owners who feel their Ford has steep repair bills comes in 10 to 20 points below the average for this survey question. 

You can also rest easy knowing both the 2019 and 2020 Edge spend less time in the shop year than the 2.1-day average. If a problem does arise, there’s a good chance it is related to the Evaporative Emission Control (EVAP) system.

The two most common DTCs during these years are P0496 and P0456, both of which are EVAP system-related. P0496 means the system is purging fuel vapors when it shouldn’t be, which could cause catalytic converter damage so don’t wait to get it checked out. 

Fortunately, DTC P0456, which is triggered due to an EVAP system leak, can usually be remedied by tightening the gas cap. You can learn more about this issue with our DTC P0456 explainer video.

Another commonly encountered problem is DTC P2196. It pops when the oxygen (O2) sensor detects an overly rich air-to-fuel ratio in the exhaust. You may end up needing to replace the O2 sensor, which is a good DIY job for an intermediate shade-tree mechanic. 

2015 Ford Edge on display at an auto show

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 8/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 9/10

KBB Value: $7,713

Fuel Economy: 22 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $517

Safety Rating: 4.8/5 

In 2015, Ford launched the second-generation Edge with evolved styling, upgraded cabin materials, more cargo space, modifications to the two carryover powertrains, and an entirely new, more powerful engine. Typically, this is an endeavor fraught with gremlins that send reliability down as the automaker works through the kinks. 

But, the 2015 Ford Edge bucked that trend by showing a 4-point increase for the FIXD Reliability Score over the prior model – the biggest improvement of any year for this metric. Also, the Owner Reliability Score remained near the top of the range, average fuel economy stepped up, the safety score spiked by nearly one point, and annual maintenance costs dropped more than $400 below the average of $955.

As for the previously mentioned new engine, it was a 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6 rated for 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, which was substantial for the segment. 2015 Edge owners got the message, noting they use their SUV for fast driving at a rate three times higher than the average for this metric – the highest of any year.

These owners also find the entertainment system easier to use than most, which coincides with the revised MyTouch infotainment interface that was rolled out in 2015. These Edges were also nearly four inches longer than the prior model, which surely played a part in the higher-than-average percentage of owners who say there is plenty of storage space.

When issues crop up, one of the most common is DTC P1450, which is typically triggered by a clogged EVAP canister or a leaking hose within the EVAP system. DTC B124D is another frequent offender on the 2015 Edge that is triggered by an issue with a tire pressure monitoring system sensor.

Of the five recalls issued for these models, the most significant was a problem with shift cables detaching, leading to unintentional rollaway. It affected nearly three million vehicles. 

2013 Ford Edge in the city street.

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 5/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 7-9/10

KBB Value: $5,149-$6,515

Fuel Economy: 20-21 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $765-$1,182

Safety Rating: 4/5

Between 2011 and 2013, the Edge gained variable valve timing on the 3.5L V6, a new high-performance 3.7L V6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0L inline-4. In the face of all those powertrain changes, the FIXD Reliability Score stepped up two points versus 2010 and remained steady for three years. Not bad. 

Safety scores dropped in 2011 with the rest of the industry as the NHTSA instituted more stringent crash test protocols. Although those scores remained below the industry average for 2012 and 2013, the average is still a 4 out of 5, which is a solid rating. 

Though annual maintenance costs ping-pong above and below the $955 average, these 10-year-old Edges saw fuel economy tick up thanks to the smaller four-cylinder engine and maintained a steady improvement in KBB market values. It’s this mixed bag of data points that pushes these Edges toward the lower end of our “best” model year rankings. 

However, they are still worth looking at and owners tend to agree as 20% or more of them expect their Edge to hit the 200,000-mile mark. With average odometer readings as low as 126,000 in 2013, that suggests owners are impressed with reliability so far. 

In 2011, Ford rolled out a mid-cycle refresh that brought new capacitive touch controls and a new infotainment system amongst other things. These updates were well received as owners of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Edge found the system easy to use at a rate higher than average for all three years. 

When it comes to repair work on these model years, the catalytic converter is a common cause as DTC P0420 and P0430 are the top two trouble codes encountered between 2011 and 2013. Both indicate it may be time for a new catalytic converter, which costs between $1,500 and $2,000 at a shop. Our DTC P0420 DIY guide can help you save some money by tackling this job at home.

If DTC P0455 pops up, it means there is a relatively large leak in the EVAP system. Fortunately, it can often be corrected by tightening the gas cap.

The NHTSA issued three recalls on the 2011 Edge, including one for an electrical short in the Body Control Module that affected about 22,000 vehicles. Of the three recalls in 2012 and two recalls in 2013, a problem with unexpected half-shaft disengagement was common to both Edge model years that impacted 83,000 vehicles. 

Logo of the car manufacturer Ford in a parked vehicle.

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 4/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8/10

KBB Value: $3,530

Fuel Economy: 19 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $563

Safety Rating: 4.5/5

Two years after its introduction, the 2009 Ford Edge posted a 3-point FIXD Reliability Score improvement. The 4 out of 10 score isn’t impressive on its own, but owners give these early Edges an 8 out of 10 reliability score, safety scores are on par with the industry, and annual maintenance costs are hundreds of dollars below average. 

That latter point is noteworthy given these Edges are going on 15 years old and show nearly 190,000 miles on the clock. The average of 2.1 days in the shop each year aligns with the overall average for this metric and further illustrates the relatively impressive build quality of these older models. 

Owners generally are not fans of the entertainment system on the 2009 Edge, but a higher percentage than average agree it is cheap to repair and has great driver visibility. There is also a notably large group of 2009 Edge owners who mostly use their SUVs for outdoor and off-road use. 

Though the Edge is not typically thought of as an off-roader, the available AWD and eight inches of ground clearance mean these early models can manage basic trail work. Given the roughly $3,500 market value, it makes the 2009 Edge an interesting possibility for those in need of a low-cost dirt roader.

Electrical gremlins are the most common trouble points for the 2009 Edge as evidenced by DTC P1000. This code means the OBD system was unable to finish its cycle of system checks. It can often be fixed with regular driving. DTC B2290, another common trouble code, means there is a poor connection with the Occupant Classification System (OCS)  module.

DTC B1318 lights up when the battery voltage is low, which may be due to an alternator on the fritz. As for recalls, there were eight issued on the 2009 Edge. Six of those are airbag-related as these Edges were caught up in the massive Takata airbag problem that affected millions of vehicles across the industry. 

The Worst Years of the Ford Edge

2016 Red Ford Edge car moving on the street;

Working with the same information to determine the best Ford Edges, we’ve compiled a list of model years to avoid. You can expect more issues with reliability, higher maintenance bills, and in some cases lower safety ratings with these poor-performing Edges. We are starting from the absolute worst and progressing to the “best of the worst”.

2007-2008 Ford Edge aerial view driving away
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FIXD App Engine Reliability: 1/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 6-8/10

KBB Value: $3,476-$3,530

Fuel Economy: 19 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $925-$1,000

Safety Rating: 4.5/5

It’s not a pretty picture for the 2007 and 2008 Ford Edge with all-time FIXD Reliability Score lows, a decline in owner-reported reliability, flat market values, high maintenance costs, and low fuel efficiency. Granted, these sorts of issues are to be expected as 2007 marked the launch of the all-new Edge. But it doesn’t change the fact that the 2007 and 2008 Edges are our picks for the “worst of the worst”. 

The 2007 model is also an example of why it’s important to consider both reliability scores. 67% of 2007 Edge owners think their SUV can easily handle a 500-mile road trip or even a full-blown cross-country adventure without issue versus the 11% who think it can only manage around-town driving. This translates to the subjective Owner Reliability Score of 8/10. 

However, looking over the data collected by thousands of FIXD devices installed in owners’ Edges reveals an annual DTC tally that is 59% higher than average. This translates to the objective FIXD Reliability Score of just 1/10, the very worst possible value. It’s the main driver behind these early Edges sitting atop our “worst of” ranking.

Bright points include high safety scores both years as well as owners impressed with driver visibility and vehicle storage space. Unfortunately, there is quite a bit of negative survey response data that paints a less rosy picture. 

50% of 2007 Edge owners think their SUV is expensive to repair, which makes sense as these model years average $1,000 in annual shop bills. A higher than average percentage of 2008 owners figure their Edge won’t make it to 200,00 miles. Uncomfortable seats are an, ahem, sore point for 2007 owners and quite a few of those owners don’t like the entertainment system. 

The hits keep on coming with the NHTSA running two investigations and recording nearly 1,000 customer complaints in both 2007 and 2008. Both of those figures are on the high side as are the six recalls for the 2007 Edge and eight recalls for the 2008 model. Most of the 2007 recalls were related to the Takata airbag boondoggle, but two of the 2008 recalls were for fuel tank leaks, an issue that impacted some 186,000 vehicles. 

The prevalence of Edge electrical issues is on display here with DTC P1000 and DTC B1342 as the two most common trouble points. DTC P1000 is triggered when the diagnostic system is struggling to complete its scan cycles, while DTC B1342 points to a defective Electronic Control Unit. 

And if you see DTC P0420, brace yourself for the possibility of a catalytic converter replacement, work that can cost $2,000. Our DTC P0420 explainer video goes into more detail on this issue, as does our DTC P0420 DIY guide.

2010 Ford Edge Side view
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FIXD App Engine Reliability: 3/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 7/10

KBB Value: $4,641

Fuel Economy: 20 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $688

Safety Rating: 4.5/5 

A few years into first-gen production, the 2010 Ford Edge posted a drop in both reliability categories. There are no major mechanical updates we can point to that would explain this reality, but when the data turns out a FIXD Reliability Score of 3/10, you can be sure we’ll give the vehicle a thumbs down. 

That being said, there is a subjective correlation to this poor performance. Only 19% of 2010 Edge owners think their vehicle will hit 200,000 miles, which is well below average for this metric. And they’ve already put about 140,000 miles on the odometer, so these owners have a good idea of what to expect on the reliability front. 

Annual maintenance costs move up versus the prior year and though average fuel economy is better than in 2009, it is still on the low side for the Edge overall. And for those audiophiles out there, be aware that nearly 30% of owners are unimpressed with the stereo which is unsurprising given the standard 4-speaker system.

The theme of electrical and sensor issues continues with the 2010 Edge as all three of the most common DTCs fall into these categories. DTC P1000 means the OBD system scan has been interrupted, which fortunately can often be cured with regular driving. 

A potentially more problematic issue is DTC U0253. This is triggered when vehicle control modules, including the Accessory Protocol Interface Module, are not communicating properly. DTC B2290 indicates a faulty OCS module that can be caused by an open or shorted wiring harness. 

There were seven recalls on the 2010 Ford Edge with the lion’s share related to the Takata airbag defects that impacted millions of vehicles across the auto industry. 

2014 Ford Edge in the city street.

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 4/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 9/10

KBB Value: $8,523

Fuel Economy: 21 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $705

Safety Rating: 4/5 

Towards the end of first-gen production, the 2014 Ford Edge posted a drop in FIXD-reported reliability with a relatively low score of 4 out of 10. Owners were happy with perceived reliability, but other dings against this model year include safety scores that remained stubbornly below the industry average and middling fuel efficiency. 

Annual maintenance does run on the low side, about $250 below average, which correlates with more owners than average saying their Edge is cheap to repair and fewer owners than average who find their SUV expensive to repair. Unfortunately, some 60% think available storage space stinks with 20% saying the same about the stereo. 

The two most common DTCs recorded on the 2014 Edge are P0420 and P0430. Both indicate it’s time for a new catalytic converter, a repair that costs between $1,500 and $2,000. You can learn how to go the DIY route and save some money in the process with this DTC P0420 guide.

DTC P2196, another commonly encountered trouble code on the 2014 model, means the O2 sensor is detecting an air-to-fuel ratio that is too rich. This usually points to the need for a new O2 sensor, something we cover in this oxygen sensor DIY guide.

There were three recalls issued for the 2014 Edge and of those, one for failing fuel pumps was the most significant, impacting 54,000 vehicles. 

2017 Gray Ford Edge in the city street.

FIXD App Engine Reliability: 6-7/10

Owner-Reported Reliability: 8-9/10

KBB Value: $10,702-$15,203

Fuel Economy: 22 mpg

Annual Maintenance/Repair: $577-$863

Safety Rating: 4.8/5 

The 2016 to 2018 Ford Edge earns the dubious title “best of the worst” model years because of a FIXD reliability improvement in 2018, above-average safety scores, and steadily high owner-reported reliability. 

But, it’s not enough to keep it off this side of the rankings thanks to two straight years of relatively low FIXD Reliability Scores, market values that flatten out into 2017, and maintenance costs that approach $900 annually for the 2017 model. 

As well, 29% of 2017 Edge owners don’t see their vehicle going 200,000 miles. This is more than twice the average for this metric and, considering the 2017 models typically show just 85,000 miles, indicates owners have been disappointed in reliability up to this point. 

For those in need of an “office on wheels”, it’s worth noting that 10% of 2017 Edge owners and 15% of 2018 owners use their Ford primarily in this capacity. That correlates with the addition of Ford’s SYNC 3 software in 2016 and an updated MyTouch infotainment interface the year prior. 

But proceed with caution as two of the most common DTCs are engine-related. DTC P0316 arises when an engine misfire is detected which usually means the ignition system is acting up. DTC P0302 indicates a similar issue that points specifically to the need for a set of new spark plugs as we look at in this DTC P0302 explainer video

Another pain point for these Edges is DTC P1450. It indicates a clogged EVAP system canister or leaking hose within the system. All three of these DTCs correlate with the 2017 Edge being one of the most likely model years to have an expensive repair within the engine and a higher-than-average likelihood of an expensive fuel system repair. 

Finally, recalls are on the high side for all three model years and feature a host of mechanical issues that serve to highlight a proclivity for low reliability. There were five recalls for the 2016 Edge with one for rupturing brake lines impacting nearly half a million vehicles. 

Of the six 2017 Edge recalls, two were related to a problem with the torque converter connection, and in 2018, five recalls were issued. Of those, there was one for a shift cable detaching and causing unexpected rollaway issues that affected just shy of three million vehicles. 


The 2017 Ford Edge is the most likely candidate for engine problems as it posts a 26% chance of a $500+ repair involving the motor. That’s quite a bit higher than the 15% average for this metric and correlates with the two most common DTCs in 2017 being engine-related. 

As for transmission trouble, watch out for the 2007 Ford Edge. The very first model year. These Edges have a 15% chance of the transmission being responsible for an expensive repair. It’s the highest of any model year and points to the importance of staying on top of automatic transmission service intervals. 

Across 15 years of FIXD data, the Edge averages 128,000 miles and the 2009 model comes in the highest with an average of 187,500 miles on the odometer. From there, there are four model years that show odometers beyond 150,000 miles.

Given that, it’s reasonable to say 137,000 miles is considered high mileage for a Ford Edge. That ought to leave you with some 50,000 miles of driving before the powertrain calls it a night. Bear in mind that the model year Edge you buy may determine whether you can afford to drive those extra miles.

The two-row midsize SUV segment is competitive and full of options to compare against the Edge like the Nissan Murano, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander. If you need something larger than an Edge but want to stay in the Blue Oval family, be sure to check out the Ford Explorer

What owners of the Ford Edge like to use their car for:

Frequent Use Categories: How Useful? (Out of 5 Stars)
Family Vehicle *****
Lots of Driving (travel/long commute) ***
Hauling/Towing *
Office on Wheels *
Sport/Fast Driving *
Luxurious Driving *
Outdoor/Off-Road *

A Note About Data and Information Sources

This article has many details about the Ford Edge’s reliability; here’s what we used for our assumptions and recommendations.

  • FIXD Reliability Score & Data: Engine reliability information is captured via the FIXD App

The FIXD Reliability Score is calculated using the number of DTCs per year, weighted by mileage. This is then turned into a scale of 1-10 for easy graphing. 

This is an objective score.

  • Owner Reliability Score & Data: This data is the result of surveying Ford Edge owners who use FIXD. 

The Owner Reliability Score comes straight from owners of the Ford Edge.  

This is a subjective score.

To determine the Owner Reliability Score we ask each car owner:

How reliable would you say your Ford Edge is?

a. Just point A to point B driving

b. A Daily Commuter

c. Good for a 100-mile road trip

d. Good for a 500-mile road trip

e. I could take a cross-country road trip, no problem

From here we translate their answers into the Owner Reliability Score:

a. = 2

b. = 4

c. = 6

d. = 8

e. = 10

Keep in mind, owners may think their car is more or less reliable than it actually is. 

One potential problem is that people often buy the same make or model they are used to when they go car shopping, just a newer year.

Ford, for instance, has a number of consumer loyalty awards for the Ford F-Series, Ford Mustang, and Ford Expedition.

Car owners may be so loyal to the make or model they currently own that they would have trouble accurately comparing their cars’ reliability to others. 

It’s for this reason that we ask car owners a question that is relative to mileage rather than relative to other cars. 

Still, be mindful of the accuracy of these Owner Reliability Scores, people’s perceptions and unconscious blindspots can skew data. 

We suggest looking at both the FIXD Reliability Score and the Owner Reliability Score for this reason.

  • KBB Value: Average private-seller valuations as supplied by Kelley Blue Book (KBB), based on a Ford Edge with typical mileage for that respective model year.
  • Fuel Economy: Mileage-per-gallon estimates according to the EPA MPG on Fueleconomy.gov
  • Annual Maintenance/Repair: Upkeep expenses as reported by surveyed Ford Edge owners
  • Safety Rating: Crash test data collected and reported by NHTSA. We average all ratings for each year to come up with a simplified, average safety score. This makes it easier to look at on a graph.


  1. Ford Edge model-specific information. Retrieved August 22, 2023, from https://www.edmunds.com/  
  2. Ford Edge model-specific recall information. Retrieved August 22, 2023, from https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls    
  3. Ford Edge model-specific information. Retrieved August 22, 2023, from https://www.auto-brochures.com   
  4. Ford Edge model-specific information. Retrieved August 22, 2023, from https://media.ford.com/ https://media.ford.com/
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Niel Stender

Niel Stender

Niel Stender grew up doing replacement work on his old Cherokee and sweet Mitsubishi Starion, which led to a degree in mechanical engineering and a job at Ford as a vehicle dynamics engineer. His writing infuses that automotive background with sales and marketing experience. Writing about cars for close to a decade now, he enjoys digging into some of the more technical mechanical systems under the hood and throughout a vehicle.

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