May 21, 2012
Reviewed By Chad Tyson
Price as Tested $39,305

Sits five comfortably, with plenty of room for luggage for a day trip. The power liftgate takes the heavy hatch and makes it a non-issue. Quiet cabin is excellent for keeping out road noise from the daily grind. Modern-looking interior accented by stylish MyFord Touch system layout. Excellent brakes. Turbocharged four cylinder won’t leave regular commuters pining for a more powerful engine.


Looks like a jelly bean on the outside. MyFord Touch system is at first awkward and not intuitive. Count on spending time to learn how many different ways you can change the radio station (steering wheel controls, voice activation, touch screen and dash dial) among other functions. Steering is twitchy. Terrible satellite reception; if a branch with more than two leaves is overhead, there will be interference. The six speed can be slow to downshift; plan your passes as if you’re in a slower vehicle.


Textbook refining. Take a solid start and just make it better every time. New EcoBoost engine brings the highway mpgs up to 30, but with little power trade-off from the base V6 (less horsepower, but more torque). Does many things very well, but lack of a third row might be a deal breaker for some. Keep on your short list for midsize crossovers.

Fun to Drive
3.5 rating
Fun to Look at
3.0 rating
Overall Experience
3.5 rating
Horsepower 240 @ 5,500 rpm
Torque 270 @ 3,000 rpm
EPA Mileage 21 city/30 highway

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