It helps if I answer my own question!!
Actually, I wasn't so sure I wanted an Edge. I have family at OAC, therefore eligible for an A plan price. But I was driving a sport coupe and I was not sure I would like the size or drive of the Edge. I had read the Edge reviews - and I thought I would put if off til 2008. However, some friends expressed some interest in my car and wanted to purchase if I was going to sell. Thus, I went for an Edge test drive.
Well - that sealed the deal for me. It felt awesome to drive, better than my coupe. I loved the look, the power, speed and interior.
Its been 3 months, and about 2400 miles - I love driving the Edge, the BAMR, satellite radio, touchscreen NAV - I think its an amazing first year vehicle -
My only "bummer" is the lack of the power liftgate - not because the door is heavy or difficult - but only because it would have been nice to have.
I initially thought I would like the CX-7, Murano or RAV4 - but the Edge has them beat - the Edge is a looker.
Some of this you may recall from when we first bought our Edge at the end of May.....we're the ones who traded in our 2005 Murano for the Edge!
We test drove the Mazda CX-7 and Mazda CX-9. I didn't care for the ride of the CX-7 (too stiff), plus it only had a 4-cylinder engine (albeit turbocharged). I liked the ride of the CX-9, but it felt underpowered...and the price was a bit more than I wanted to pay. I checked online very briefly and was intrigued with the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, but they were too pricey to even test drive. So...it came down to the two Mazda models and the Edge. My wife wanted the CX-7 because of the price, but, as I mentioned, I didn't like the ride.
Actually, I had completely forgotten about the Edge until after our Mazda test drives...and we were already home when the "light bulb" went on and I remembered the Edge...so we ran out and test drove one.
I loved the ride of the Edge, and the engine power felt just about perfect. The fit and finish of it seemed just fine to me (and still does, by the way). Compared pricewise to the two Mazdas, it fell right in between the CX-7 and CX-9.
Again...I love the power and ride of the Edge. The navigation system's pretty cool, too, but not that different than the Murano's (which might have been a bit better, actually).
Sure...there are some minor quibbles I have with the Edge...I had to turn the headrests around so my wife and I didn't constantly bump the backs of our heads against them as we drove. I, too, wish they'd have had a power liftgate for the 2007 model year...and wish the Sync system had been available. (I'm 6' tall, so the liftgate handle doesn't bother me...or my wife, who's 5'4"). I wish the seatbacks were power adjustable...I wish both cupholders were full size....
But....and I'll say it again....I think Consumer Reports got it wrong with the Edge! They seem to prefer the harsher rides of the Honda and Acura cars....I guess ride comfort doesn't matter much to them.