2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The Rental Car In Which I Stayed Overnight Due to a Disgusting Hotel Property.

Was it actually an improvement in accommodations?

Not long after I recently checked in to a specific hotel, I eventually spent the night in a rental car instead because the property was revoltingly disgusting — with plenty of photographs of mold, blood stains, filth, and other aspects of my experience to prove that observation — and also because all of the other lodging options within 25 miles had no vacancy.

The Rental Car In Which I Stayed Overnight Due to a Disgusting Hotel Property.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The vehicle in which I spent the night instead of a hotel room was this 2022 Ford Edge Titanium model with all-wheel drive — and I immediately drove miles away from the vile hotel property just to get away from it.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The 2022 Ford Edge is classified with the ACRISS Code as SFAR — which means that it is a standard sport utility vehicle — and had been driven 5,741 miles before I picked it up at the rental car facility, according to its odometer; so it was a relatively new vehicle.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The class of vehicle which I originally rented from Hertz was a compact car — no, once again, I did not get arrested — so I received a significant upgrade of vehicle class at no extra charge — probably because of the recent sharp increase in the price of a gallon of gasoline.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

Despite the classification of standard sport utility vehicle, I had been averaging approximately 24.7 miles per gallon — although at times I was able to eke that up to close to 30 miles per gallon with a range of as much as 465 miles — so even though I would have preferred a vehicle which was more fuel efficient, this Ford Edge was reasonably conservative with its gasoline consumption.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

Plenty of controls are conveniently located on the steering wheel itself.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The seat on the driver’s side is equipped with no fewer than three power controls on the side of the seat. An ample quantity of air vents help to keep occupants of the cabin comfortable.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The leather seats can be cooled or heated. Gears are switched with a round knob instead of a shifter mounted either in the center console or on the shaft of the steering wheel.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The console screen is as large as a tablet and has a vast amount of controls for climate, navigation, music, communication, and even games — most of them separate controls for the driver and the passenger.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The front seats have plenty of leg room. The passenger side has a place to plug in a cigarette lighter to power an electronic device.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

In addition to the aforementioned gear knob, cup holders and a spacious storage area are located in the center console. A removable tray covers the storage area, which is covered by a wide armrest when closed.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

One feature which I greatly appreciated while staying in the Ford Edge overnight was the electronic panoramic sunroof. Although it allows plenty of ambient light to filter through to the entire cabin of the vehicle during the daytime, it was especially useful for ample ventilation at night when the air is cooler during the spring time.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The rear seat can accommodate three adult passengers reasonably comfortably. Each car door is equipped with a cup holder.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

Passengers in the rear seats have access to their own controls in the back of the center console — including vents, electric seat warmers, a USB-A port and a USB-C port, a small compartment, and a port to plug in an electronic device.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The tailgate opens with the push of a button located under the license plate near the bumper — the indent can be seen in the upper center of the photograph above — and it closes again with the push of a button which is located on the left side of the door while it is open in the up position. The lens of the rear camera is also in view.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

The storage space in the rear of the vehicle was quite ample — and that is before the split rear seats are folded down flat with the buttons on the lower left to yield even more room.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

More photographs and text will be added to this review of the Ford Edge Titanium.

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

Final Boarding Call

2022 Ford Edge
Photograph ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

I can think of many vehicles which could be potentially worse in which to spend the night than the Ford Edge in terms of comfort. All it was missing was a bathroom — but it was a much better choice than suffering in a substandard and poorly maintained hotel room.

I would have preferred a vehicle with better gasoline mileage — especially as prices for a gallon are at or have exceeded all-time record highs — but they likely would have been smaller.

Overall, I was quite impressed with the Ford Edge. It had all of the technology and conveniences I wanted; it was rather comfortable overall; its fuel economy was decent; and I rented it for the rate of a compact car. I would consider renting it again.

Although I did not actually sleep in the Ford Edge, I did get some work done — specifically, this article about my disgusting experience at a hotel property, which serves as part one of this series. This article is part two.

Part three is expected to be when I hear back from the parent lodging company of the aforementioned hotel property…

All photographs ©2022 by Brian Cohen.

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  1. This compact sport-utility vehicle has an attractive console screen and panoramic roof inspired by Tesla Motors vehicles. While lacking the sophistication of a Tesla Motors engineered vehicle, this is an admirable effort by Ford for a vehicle more accessible to more Americans. Thank you for the review of this motor vehicle.

    1. I have to say that I agree with you, Greg, as the first thing I thought when I saw the console screen and some of the other features was that the Ford Edge reminded me of a Tesla.

  2. I slept in an Audi sedan once. I folded down the back seat resulting in a flat surface to lay a padding made of a blanket. Some cars don’t have fully flat surfaces when folding down the back seat. That time, I anticipated that I would be sleeping in the car so I brought a blanket, which I later disposed of. Avis wouldn’t let me leave it in the car upon return so I threw out the blanket near the Avis office.

    The other time I slept in a car was in a Holden Commodore. Holden is an Australian brand for GM. That time, I slept in the front seat, which was reclined. It was a public holiday, which I forgot about, and all the hotels in the remote area were booked.

    1. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience of too many photographs, gizmosdad.

      Also, I am not promoting the vehicle itself. Because there is an affiliate link to Hertz, I have the disclaimer at the bottom of this article — but I am not promoting Hertz either.

      I was simply pleasantly surprised about this vehicle built by Ford — and thankful that if I had to stay overnight in one, this one helped to get me through the night…

    1. I stayed in the vehicle overnight, Bob Hines. I did not sleep in it.

      I do not understand why the article does not have any point to it unless I slept in the vehicle all night…

  3. Back in my younger days (1980), I would fly to Hawaii from Australia and rent a cheapy $16 a day car for a week and slept in it as it was better than a tent. No tent comes with an alarm, stereo and air conditioning. I would shower at the beach and bought food at the supermarket. It was a fantastic backpacker week in Hawaii. Yes, I made sure the car was clean before I returned it. I only spent $300 for the week in Hawaii and as a University student, it was about all I had anyway.

    Nowadays it would be a different story as there are signs everywhere warning against overnight parking.

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