Oftentimes, when people are shopping for a vehicle on a budget, they opt for a base model because they think it’s all they can afford. But that’s not always the case.
The truth is, if you’re smart about the way you build your vehicle of choice, you can actually get a lot more for your money. To prove this, we used the configurator on Ford’s website to build a 2016 Ford Edge for under $36,000 that’s far from basic.
2016 Ford Edge SEL with four-wheel drive (starting MSRP $32,180)
The base-model Edge SE is fairly well-equipped, but with heated power mirrors with LED indicators, SiriusXM, second row EasyFold remote seat release, 10-way power driver seat, six-way power passenger seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and dual-zone climate control, the SEL is the trim you really want. And although you could get by with the standard front-wheel-drive power train, the optional torque-vectoring four-wheel drive system will give you improved control in even the toughest of conditions.
Options: Equipment Group 201A ($2,710), Utility Package ($875), Cold Weather Package ($325), Cargo Accessory Package ($290), Wheel Locks ($55)
The SEL trim comes standard with Sync, but 201A adds Sync 3, leather seats, heated front seats and a premium nine-speaker audio system. For added convenience, the Utility Package comes with a hands-free lift gate, perimeter alarm and universal garage door opener. The Cold Weather and Cargo Accessory packages both ensure your Edge stays clean with all-weather floor mats, a cargo area protector and rear bumper protector. They also include a heated steering wheel and cargo cover. The wheel locks are to make sure your 18-inch wheels stay on the car, where they belong.
The net price of our 2016 Ford Edge SEL four-wheel drive in Magnetic silver paint: $35,835.
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