I got the Ford Edge test car at the beginning of Blizzard 2011. And I was thanking my lucky stars. All-wheel drive, heated seats, hands-free calling, weather updates, rear backup camera … The perfect car. And driving at the beginning of snowmageddon was awesome. People were spinning out in front of me, but the Edge Sport maintained its cool and kept on course.
The huge tires gobbled up the snow and spat it back out. The ride height was perfect to look ahead for any brake lights or potential road hazzards.
I loved it.
And after those 22 inches fell, I was able to traverse my poorly plowed street when many other vehicles were sprawled helplessly in the sloppy snow mounds.
But then I got on the highway. And it went downhill from there.
As soon as I got up near 40 mph, the car started to shudder and shake. Almost like I was driving over rumble strips. The steering wheel was pulsing, and though the car wasn’t swerving uncontrollably, something was clearly wrong. So, I made plans to swap out of it immediately.
What I learned was that this was likely due to the cold and snow, that perhaps snow or ice had gotten into the wheels, causing an imbalance. The good news: Once the car warmed up it was fine. Huh. Not exactly what I want to hear — especially when you’re considering this car for Chicago. Where a lot of people park outside on the street. In the winter. With snow and ice.
Chicago-worthy rating: 1. I only had this car for 2 days, so I didn’t get to fully test the myFord Touch or Sync features. And, while in theory this car has the potential to be an 8 on the Chicago scale for it’s fuel economy, acceleration and backup camera … It failed miserably in that it couldn’t adequately acclimitize to Chicago and the land of snow.