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Why the 2013 Ford Edge Is the Worst Edge You Can Buy

It’s definitely a bummer to discover that your car has developed a chronic problem. That’s just what happened to owners of the 2013 Ford Edge who found that one of the warning lights got stuck on. While that sounds minor, it can lead to other electrical problems. Here’s a look at the most common problems on the 2013 Ford Edge.

Why the 2013 Ford Edge is the worst

CarComplaints.com is a website where owners can submit the problems they’re having with their vehicles. The site then provides graphs showing which model years have the most issues and which issues are most common. The site found that the biggest issue for the Ford Edge across all the model years is electrical problems. Car Complaints declares the 2013 Edge to be the worst model year and also the one with the most overall complaints. Its numerous problems have earned it Car Complaints’ “Beware of the Clunker” status. 

Owners of the 2013 Edge have submitted 591 problems to date, and 380 of those are related to electrical problems. Of those, almost all (370 complaints) are that the “door ajar” light stays on. An additional six were that the battery was not holding a charge. These two complaints are likely related since the constantly on warning light can drain the battery as well as leave the doors unlocked while driving or even make the key fob not function. Owners mentioned that the “door ajar” warning light problem appeared around 56,400 miles on average and cost them $410 to have fixed.

The second- and third-worst issues for the 2013 Edge are that the engine stalls or shuts down while driving and that the brakes become unresponsive. The engine problems appeared around 44,100 miles on average and cost owners $440 to repair. The brake problems popped up at 67,100 miles on average and cost $830 to fix on average.

The 2013 Edge isn’t the only model year that has a “door ajar” warning light that gets stuck on. The 2011 and 2012 models had the same problem. There are 227 complaints submitted for this problem for the 2011 Edge and 116 for the 2012 Edge.

Low owner satisfaction and reliability ratings from Consumer Reports

The Ford Edge first appeared in the model year 2007. Since then, it’s had a spotty history for its reliability ratings and owner satisfaction ratings from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports asks its members about problems with their vehicles across 17 categories as experienced in the past 12 months. These data are used to determine their ratings. 

Since the car premiered in 2007, the Edge received a one out of five for owner satisfaction in 2007 and 2008 and a two out of five in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The reliability verdict ratings were a two out of five in 2007 and 2012. However, the Edge had high owner satisfaction ratings of four out of five in 2009, 2014, and 2019. It received a five out of five for reliability in 2009, and four out of five in 2014 and 2015.

More recent model years of the Ford Edge

People watch a presentation of the Ford Edge concept vehicle during media preview days at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show on November 20, 2013
2013 Ford Edge | David McNew/Getty Images

Complaints on Car Complaints have dropped to below 70 since 2013, except for 2015, which was the release of a new generation. No complaints have been submitted yet for the 2020 Ford Edge. Consumer Reports gives a predicted rating of three out of five for owner satisfaction and reliability for the 2020 Edge. Car and Driver reviewed the 2020 Edge and said that while it has an aging design, it “remains a sharp contender” because of its quiet interior and many standard features.

With such a high number of complaints for the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Ford Edge models, buyers should consider other model years when looking for a used car.