305-HP 2011 Ford Edge Sport Actually Slower Than 280-hp SEL Model

305-HP 2011 Ford Edge Sport Actually Slower Than 280-hp SEL Model

Thanks to some good old fashioned vehicle performance testing, the folks at Motor Trend have discovered the disappointing reality of the Mustang V6-powered 2011 Ford Edge. Billed as the top performer in the Edge lineup (refreshed for 2011 with new engines), the actual performance stats paint a different picture.

At first glance the numbers seem to tell the whole story with the 3.7-liter V6 in the Sport making 305-hp and 280 ft-lbs of torque while the 3.5-liter V6 in the SEL trim level makes 280-hp and 253 ft-lbs of torque.

But when put to the test, the less-powerful SEL model handily bested the Sport, with a 7.1 second 0-60 mph time, compared to just 7.6 for the Sport.

The reason for the Sport’s slower time is due to a significantly higher curb weight, with the SEL model rated at 4,065 lbs, while the portly Sport busts the scales at 4,405 lbs. To be fair, the Sport model tested did use an optional AWD system that adds weight. However, AWD isn’t likely to add all of that 400 lbs, with some of it sure to come from the oversized 22-inch wheels. And even without the added AWD weight, the two models would at best be tied in terms of performance.

[Source: Motor Trend]

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  • Aaron Coley

    I call BS. I drove both FWD models and the sport is substantially snappier and quicker especially in manual mode.

  • Tom Damico

    No wonder the Edge Sport was slower. When I look at the picture, I see two fat a**es in the front seat of the Sport. In the SEL I only see one skinny person. There is your 600+ pound difference. LOL

  • amped

    @Aaron Coley

    So you’re saying automotive journalist that have proper testing equipment are wrong because you were able to “feel” the difference without having to use any sort of equipment to test this out? Makes perfect sense to me! 😉

    FYI it will feel snappier and quicker especially from a dead stop due to the AWD putting power to all four wheels.

  • c-aragon

    Ok, so in a straight line it is faster… awesome if you are only driven on a 1/4 mile straight line… and nothing else.. how about coming out of curves…?

    I also heard that they tested a SEL FWD vs a AWD Sport… there is also a big difference…. plus the 600 pounds Tom Damico said… lol



  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535985943 Jim Munir

    the sel is faster cause of the weight, there is a lot more crap on sport, the sunroof, and other options, also the awd. if the front wheels dont spin on the sel. i think the sel would be faster, just in my opnion, i could be wrong, someone buy me a sport and we can race!

  • tibV6

    who ever wrote that review is clueless about cars – AWD has higher drive train loss!
    AWD – 25% drivetrain loos, FWD – 15% drive-train loss. Factor this in and actual power at the wheels:
    Sport AWD – 228 whp, SEL FWD – 245 whp.

    An AWD edge SEL has around 213whp and weight about that same as sport.
    AWD sport is faster then AWD se or sel

    If you live in the place where it hardly snows – don’t waist your money on AWD

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