Comparo: 2011 Ford Edge Sport. Acura RDX, Mercedes GLK 350 | Driving

18 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Comparo: 2011 Ford Edge Sport. Acura RDX, Mercedes GLK 350 | Driving
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Ford Edge Sport up with Acura RDX, GLK 350


Normally it would be unfair to compare a Ford to an or Mercedes, but many mainstream are producing vehicles that are upstream from their pond. Many have luxury and sport features are more akin to the Savile Row than to Sears.

A case in is the Ford Edge, which as a basic family utility bus lacking many of the accoutrements with luxury brands. The new Sport has more bling a dozen rap singers on stage at the Awards.

The question is: Can it keep up the likes of the turbocharged Acura RDX or GLK 350?

Acura RDX

Acura quality vehicles known for and, more recently, The superhandling label that gives to its all-wheel-drive vehicles is earned and applies to sport products like the RDX as well. The RDX makes child#8217;s play of manoeuvres with a noticeable in handling over the others.

is due in part to the firmer suspension, gives control but sacrifices quality, especially over surfaces. Stability control with traction control to counter the limited amount of oversteer that you may experience.

The of the RDX is a responsive turbocharged four-cylinder It is smooth with a strong that makes passing and adds a fun factor that is from the others. Acceleration to 100 km/h feel faster the clock reflects, averaging 7.8 which is the slowest time of the

Emergency braking from 100 resulted in the shortest distances of the and as with the others, stops fade-and pull-free.

Engine and noise are more noticeable in the RDX in the others.

Interior fit and finish are with detailing on the seats and The front seats are comfortable, and come with a power adjustment.

Controls and gauges are for quick reference and easy and the blue hue on the primary cluster is on the eyes. Cargo space is the of the three but should be adequate for weekend hauling, and the 60/40 rear seat adds

One of the most important safety for night driving is good and the RDX comes standard with which are not available on the Edge and are on the GLK 350. In addition, all RDXs with a rear-view camera in the rear-view mirror for non-NAV models) that is needed, the limited sightlines to the rear. A suite of passive and active equipment produced crash results from IIHS of two ratings.

The 2011 has not been by NHSTA. Warranty coverage four-year/80,000-km limited and five km for major components.

– of vehicle: All-wheel-drive CUV

– Engine: 2.3 litre with Variable Flow

– Power: 240 hp at 6,000 260 lb.-ft. at 4,500 r.p.m.

Transmission: 5-speed automatic/ paddle shifters/grade logic

– Transport Canada economy (L/100 km): city, 8.7 hwy. (premium

– Brakes: Power-assisted front and solid rear with ABS and electronic brake

– Tires: P235/55 R18

Price: $42,490

– charge: $1,895

Standard Automatic cli-. mate with rear seat active front-seat head Brake Assist, Vehicle Assist with Traction HID headlights, 8-way power seat, leather seating, front seats, power-moon backup camera, automatic view mirror, handsfree Homelink, tilt and telescoping wheel, 360-watt audio 6-disc in-dash CD changer and MP3

Ford Edge Sport

has made strong gains in during the past year have coincided with the of new and updated products such as the Fiesta, Explorer and Edge. The has always had futuristic styling, and the model retains the basic while introducing some and more sophistication.

The top-of-the-line has a blacked-out grille with 20 horsepower and 27 more lb.-ft. of over the other Edge The Edge is larger and heavier the others tested, and this with ride quality, the 22inch tires do not -too big and too low a Handling, even with the suspension#8221; of the Sport model, is not up to par either the RDX or GLK 350.

The more powerful Sport gets a special rear-end Acceleration runs and freeway speeds were more adequate with zero to 100 runs averaging 7.4 seconds. The was the smoothest and quietest of the trio and the six-speed automatic was able to get the from the power band. and tire noise are well giving it the quietest cabin.

The also offers the most capacity.

The most noticeable aspect of the new Edge is the cabin. The red stitching on the seat edges, the inserts, the My-Touch controls, gauge cluster and myriad lighting hues make the most inviting cabin of the

Plus, it all works well, the MyTouch system, which take some practice to There is a voice-activated alternative, but it can be when you are #8220;not understood.#8221;

equipment includes six airbags and devices, such as a Roll Control, which monitors motion 100 times a second. is also a blind-spot warning and a cross-traffic alert.

An unusual feature is MyKey, which you set limits on items like top and audio levels for each key for young drivers.

Crash by IIHS resulted in three ratings, and in NHSTA#8217;s new tougher test standards the Star include one Three, two Four and one Warranty coverage includes three-year/60,000km and five-year/100,000-km for the powertrain and assistance.

– Type of vehicle: utility

– Engine: 3.7 V-6 (regular)

– Power: 305 hp at r.p.m. 280 lb.-ft. of torque at r.p.m.

– Transmission: Select Shift automatic

Brakes: 4-wheel disc ABS and brake assist

– P265/40W R22, temporary

– Transport Canada economy (L/100 km): city, 8.8 hwy.

– $43,499

– Destination $1,450

Standard features: Air with rear seat MyKey, SOS Post-Crash Alert easy-fold rear seats, and power front seats, front passenger seat, seating and steering wheel, sensing system, universal door opener, Ford and MyFord Touch, heated mirrors, 390-watt Sony system with 12 speakers and radio with 6-month

Mercedes GLK 350

Mercedes#8217; lowest-priced vehicle -the GLK 350 -is manufactured in whereas the more expensive and popular ML series is built in The GLK 350 has a well-built solid feeling that characteristic bank-vault when a door is closed. A design enables the best sightlines of those tested and there is no shortage of headroom.

Mercedes GLK

is supplied by a gutsy V-6 that the quickest acceleration from to 100 km/h, averaging 7.0 seconds. from the same speed was a metre of the shorter-stopping Acura. It is to a seven-speed automatic that smooth shifts and low highway but fuel economy ratings are especially on the highway.

Handling is closest to that of the and there is good road and steering feedback. The all-wheeldrive offered the most grip and aided by a wide stance and tires. Superior shock helps produce the best quality of the trio.

Compared to the this base model#8217;s was stark yet functional and comfortable, the best overall ergonomics. I the driver#8217;s seat the most as it offered the most thigh and an ideal driving position.

The gauges and controls are basic but you all you need, including a digital display in m.p.h. for highway down south. Other features include rain-sensing wipers and heated windshield

The list of active and passive equipment is long and includes Neck-Pro head restraints. tests by IIHS resulted in Good ratings -the Warranty coverage is the shortest at 48 km, but Mercedes offers a unique wear-and-tear program that brake pads and even bulbs.

– Type of All-wheel drive utility

Engine: 3.5 litre V-6 24-valve

– Power: 268 hp at 6,000 258 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,400-5,000

– Transmission: 7-speed

– Brakes: 4-wheel with ABS and Brake Assist

– Tires: P235/45 temporary spare

– Canada fuel economy km): 13.3 city, 9.6

– Price: $43,500

Destination charge: Included

features: Automatic climate power adjustable heated seats, auto dimming leather seating and steering rain-sensing windshield, cruise heated windshield washers, fog burl walnut wood privacy glass, first aid luggage compartment cover, saver spare tire, sound system with MP3-compatible CD changer, 5#8243; and central command controller

The Acura RDX is the nimblest, with handling when compared the others, the shortest stopping the best warranty and a turbo that is worth the price of

That said, it has the least of cargo capacity and the sporty produces a rougher ride the others.

The new Ford Edge is a big forward with a super the most features, the most space and the best fuel But the 22-inch wheels on the Sport make for a rough ride.

The GLK 350 has all the family DNA and offers the best between handling and ride

Front seating is the most and outward sightlines are ideal, but economy is disappointing and options can it a tad pricey.

Vehicles supplied by Acura, David Morris Cars and Sherwood Ford

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