Entering its fourth model year in 2010, the Ford Edge returns a Hollywood star, but without the L.A. tan and makeover. After the 2009 model was released, the Edge made an appearance in the 007 flick “Quantum of Solace,” cementing its place in movie car history. Available in four trims -- SE, SEL, Limited, Sport -- and with just one engine, the Edge is well-slotted in Ford’s loaded crossover and sport/utility lineup, drawing the upscale customer who demands a family-friendly ride in a sleek, light-footed package.

Driving the Edge is the 3.5-liter Duratec V-6 with 265 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. With minor engine refinements, the 2010 Edge has improved its fuel economy to the tune of 18 city/25 highway mpg for front-drive models and 17 city/23 highway mpg for all-wheel-drive models. Power is run through a six-speed automatic transmission that delivers seven-percent better fuel economy than a four-speed thanks to its taller overdrive gears. Properly-equipped, the Edge is capable of towing 3500 pounds.

The Edge’s interior retains its five-passenger appointments, available in cloth and leather. A new interior appearance package, which offers a dark brushed aluminum center stack pane, Edge-logo floormats, and Sienna leather-trimmed seats, steering wheel, and shift knob, is optional on the Limited model. Notable standard features spanning the entire Edge lineup include four 12V power ports, the center flexible front console, and the audio input and USB ports. Ford’s Sync is standard on the Limited and Sport, and optional on the SEL.

If you don’t need the rooftop to hold your bicycles or canoes, you can opt for the optional panoramic Vista Roof available for the SEL, Limited, and Sport models. The Vista Roof consists of a 27.3-inch by 29.4-inch glass sliding/tilting forward panel and a 15.75-inch by 31.3-inch glass fixed rear panel offering unparalleled views of the sky and outside world. Power-operated cloth shades block nearly 100 percent of UV rays when rolled into place.

Beneath the Ford crossover is a fully-independent suspension with standard four-wheel ABS and AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control. The front wheels are the standard drive wheels of choice, with active all-wheel drive available on all models save for the base SE. Wheel sizes start at 17 inches for the SE’s aluminum alloys and increase in size with each trim. For those reaching for the top shelf, look to the Sport trim’s optional wheels and retuned suspension package -- 22-inch polished aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber work alongside new shocks, springs, and steering components on the aggressively styled Ford Edge Sport.

Fortunately, the Edge is not just chrome and glass roofs. The 2009 IIHS Top Safety Pick is also safe with its crossmember ladder frame and energy-absorbing side door trim. Dual-stage front driver and passenger air bags and Safety Canopy side curtain air bags envelop occupants in the event of a crash, while seat belt pretensioners and a seat weight sensing system ensure the safety belts retain their passengers. The Edge earned five-star crash test ratings from the NHTSA on the frontal and side driver and side rear passenger test, and four-star ratings on the frontal passenger and rollover ratings.

Although “Quantum of Solace” surely increased the Edge’s public profile, the Bond film was not the only movie in which the Ford CUV made an appearance. The Edge can also be found in the adapted-for-TV movie “Knight Rider.”

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2010 Ford Edge
Base Price$26,920
Vehicle LayoutFront-engine, FWD, AWD, 5-door mid-size crossover SUV
Engine3.5L/265-hp/250 lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission6-speed Automatic
Curb Weight4078 lb (FWD), 4288 lb (AWD) (mfr)
Wheelbase111.2 in
Length x Width x Height185.7 x 87.5 x 67 in
EPA City/Hwy Fuel Econ17-18/23-25 mpg
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