Phone, GPS and Tablet Mounts for a Ford Edge

Ford Edge InteriorThe Ford Edge has a very large interior and that normally leads to almost any mount fitting without a problem.  However, due to some unique design attributes, it’s not that simple.  As a result, some mounting locations aren’t going to work well.

A photo of the interior of a Ford Edge accompanies this article.  A few things to notice are an expansive dash, vertical vents and cup holders that are set back a bit.

It’s a far reach to the windshield on the Ford Edge but a good suction mount is probably the best place to put a phone or GPS.  We recommend our go-to mount for this location which is the Arkon MegaGrip Suction Cup Windshield and Dash Mount.  The suction mount features a vacuum locked suction assembly attached to a pivoting arm.  The phone can swivel into any orientation.  The mount comes with an adhesive disk that you can stick to the dash to turn the mount into a console mount (but be sure to keep reading about that).  The suction assembly can adhere to the adhesive disk just like it would on a windshield.  I use this mount all the time and it works great.

The same mount except for a Garmin GPS is the Arkon Windshield Dash Garmin Nuvi Suction Mount.  It’s an excellent mount that comes with a 2-year warranty.  It’s more rugged and longer than the Garmin mount you received in the box.  Be aware the phone mount can double as a GPS mount too, just remove the dual T adapter that attaches to the cradle.

How about the air vent?  Those large vents in the middle normally make a good choice for mounting a phone or GPS.  A vent mount attaches to the slats on air vent.  The slats on the Ford Edge are vertical so most mounts will not work well.  However, there are a few that attach using a gripper that can be used.  Additionally, the air vent to the left of the driver has traditional horizontal slats and can be used with most vent mounts.  The left hand vent is a matter of preference.  Some like the phone or GPS in the middle, not to the left.

A good vent mount that attaches to vertical and horizontal vents is the Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip Car Air Vent Mount.  The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can be used to hold most phone models with or without a case or skin.  The ball and socket design facilitates a 360 degree rotation.  The included cradle opens to 3 5/8 inches which is fairly large.

The Square Jellyfish Jelly-Grip mount can also be used for a Garmin GPS.  All Garmin vehicle GPS devices made over the past ten years include a custom cradle that has a 17mm socket on the back.  Remove the cradle from the Jelly-Grip mount and you have a 17mm ball.  Just snap the Garmin cradle onto the Jelly-Grip mount minus the cradle and your GPS can be mounted to the air vent.

A car seat bolt mount cannot be used on a Ford Edge.  The seat bolt is completely covered by a plastic top.  I suppose you can screw it down to the floor but who wants to drill holes into their car?

The Ford Edge has a very large dash area.  Here’s the issue though.  The part right in the middle opens up so you cannot attach anything large and permanent to it.  A dash location is a great place to put a tablet but you need something that is removable.  This option is best for states where mounting to a windshield is illegal.

Consider the Arkon Friction Dash Phone and Midsize Tablet Car Mount.  This is easily removable and holds large phones and tablets up to the size of an Apple iPad Mini.  The bean bag part of the mount weighs about two pounds and includes an adhesive safety anchor that we recommend using.  The bean bag hooks onto the anchor for added safety with sudden stops.

A CD player mount might work on a Ford Edge.  The word “might” is used because the CD player is very close to the gear shift.  You would likely need to remove the device to use the shift when it is in park.  It might work ok for a phone or GPS but not a tablet.

If inclined to go the CD player route on a Ford Edge, consider the Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones.   It uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player.  We prefer this mount to others in this category as it will permit a more custom and secure fitting.  The cradle opens to 3.4 inches and it swivels 360 degrees.  The mount has a 17mm ball as part of the design so you can remove the cradle and just use it for a Garmin GPS.

A cup holder mount is probably a poor choice on a Ford Edge.  There are a pair of cup holders set back somewhat to the driver position.  A cup holder mount will likely be too far set back to be of any use so we will discourage using a cup holder mount in a Ford Edge.

So to sum it up with the Ford Edge.  A windshield or dash mount are good choices for a mount.  The CD player and vent are a maybe.  The seat bolt and cup holder are a no-go in this vehicle.