Ford Sport Utility Vehicles

An Overview of the Ford SUV and Crossover Family

2015 Ford Edge.
2015 Ford Edge. Photo (c) Ford

Ford could be credited for the explosion of the SUV as the vehicle of choice beginning in the 1990's. Though SUVs wane in popularity now, Ford still maintains an extensive lineup of SUVs and crossover vehicles. Here's a brief rundown on the Ford SUV lineup, along with links to some reviews on


Introduced in the 2007 model year, the Edge broke the mold of Ford SUV design with its slightly bulbous, organic shape. Clever use of interior space lends an expansive feel to the cabin. Riding on the same platform as the Ford Fusion sedan, Edge truly does cross over from SUV to car. Edge got a makeover in 2015. Available with all-wheel drive or standard front-wheel drive, Edge comes with a choice of a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost engine (245 hp/275 lb-ft of torque) or a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) V6 (280 hp/250 lb-ft of torque), each connected to a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA estimates 20 city/28 highway/23 combined mpg for the AWD EcoBoost, and 17 city/25 highway/20 combined for the V6.. Prices start at $28,700 and go up to $40,795 plus options.


Redesigned for the 2013 model year, the Escape is a sleek compact crossover with sporty styling. Available with four-wheel drive or front-wheel drive, Escape can be had with a 2.5-liter naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) four-cylinder (168 hp/170 lb-ft of torque); with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost (178 hp/184 lb-ft of torque); or with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost (240 hp/270 lb-ft of torque), each mated to a six-speed automatic.. Fuel economy is estimated at 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway/25 mpg combined for the 2.5 with FWD; 23/32/26 for the 1.6 with FWD; 22/29/25 for the 1.6 with 4WD; 22/30/25 for the 2.0 with FWD; and 21/28/23 for the 2.0 with AWD. Prices start at $23,100 and go up to $29,505 plus options.


The Big Kahuna. Expedition stands as the largest SUV in Ford's current lineup ever since the demise of the even larger Ford Excursion (1999 – 2005). With styling that emphasizes its connection to the highly successful Ford truck line, Expedition is in no way subtle or understated. Yet there are times when the only tool for the job is the great big one, and that's when Expedition shines. There’s even a long-wheelbase (EL) model. Powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost that cranks out 365 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, Expedition rolls with a six-speed automatic transmission and either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. Fuel consumption is estimated at 16 city/22 highway/18 combined (short wheelbase/RWD); 15/20/16 for short wheelbase/4WD; 15/21/17 for long wheelbase/RWD; and 14/20/16 for long wheelbase/4WD. Prices start at $45,435 and go up to $62,985 plus options for the full zoot Platinum EL edition.


For many years, Explorer was the best-selling SUV in America; with the gas crunch, that position has been usurped by the Honda CR-V. Explorer has seen its ups and downs, from the rollover crisis of the late 1990s to vilification in the early 2000s as a gas hog. Explorer got a major makeover for 2011, moving from a body-on-frame SUV to a three-row unibody crossover platform shared with the Flex. Three engine choices are offered: a 3.5-liter naturally-aspirated (non-turbo) V6 that delivers 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque; a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost that pumps out 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque; or a 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, with front-wheel drive standard on the base V6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost. Four-wheel drive is optional on the base V6 and 2.3-liter EcoBoost and standard on the 3.5-liter EcoBoost. Fuel economy estimates are 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway/20 combined for the base V6 FWD; 16/23/19 for the base V6 4WD; 19/28/22 for the 2.3 FWD; 18/26/21 for the 2.3 4WD; and 16/22/18 for the 3.5-liter EcoBoost 4WD. Prices start at $31,060 and go up to $52,970 plus options.


The Flex was introduced for the 2009 model year. It is a seven-seater with Retrofuturist style. Sharing the three-bar grille design from the rest of the Ford SUV lineup and little else, Flex encases a flexible three-row interior layout in a wagon-like exterior. Available with all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive and the familiar 3.5 liter V6 tuned to send 287 hp and 254 lb-ft of torque, or all-wheel drive and a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine (365 hp/350 lb-ft of torque), each to a six-speed automatic transmission, Flex is rated by the EPA to travel 16 city/22 highway/19 combined mpg in AWD; 16 city/23 highway/18 combined mpg in FWD trim. Prices start at $29,995 and go up to $38,195 plus options.