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2019 Ford Edge Review

Ford stepped up and made a number of changes and improvements to its 2019 Ford Edge, not the least of which was to scuttle its Sport trim for the new Ford Performance ST. But, there are plenty of other upgrades, such as adding its Co-Pilot360 suite of safety/driver-assist technologies as standard equipment on all trim levels.

To its credit, the Edge is comfortable, roomy and offers plenty of technology for the nerd in all of us. It may not be cutting edge, but the Edge is efficient and pleasant to drive.

What’s New for 2019?

A new ST performance grade joins the Edge lineup, displacing the Sport trim. All Edge models sport new front and rear fascias, grille, hood and lift gate. The normally aspirated V6 and 6-speed automatic transmission are gone. A new 8-speed automatic transmission replaces the 6-speed. Every Edge comes with Ford’s new Co-Pilot360 suite of safety/driver-assist features, including pre-collision alert with emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, lane-keeping assist, automatic high beams and a reaview camera. See the 2019 Ford Edge models for sale near you

What We Like

  • Confident styling
  • Fuel-efficient turbocharged 4-cylinder engine
  • Luxury ride and isolation
  • Premium interior trim
  • High-tech features
  • ST’s strong turbo V6

What We Don’t

  • No third-row seat despite substantial size
  • Seat cushions not as well shaped as they could be

How Much?

$31,090-$43,450

Fuel Economy

All Edge variants come standard with a new 8-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard on the SE, SEL and Titanium with all-wheel drive available as an option. AWD with intelligent disconnect (It disconnects the rear wheels when not needed) is standard on the ST.

The SE, SEL and Titanium trims start with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this engine with FWD achieves 22 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg in combined driving. With AWD, consumption is 21 mpg city/28 mpg hwy/23 mpg combined.

The ST grade has its own turbocharged 2.7-liter V6, making 335 hp and 380 lb-ft, linked to an AWD system. Fuel consumption is 19 mpg city/26 mpg hwy/21 mpg combined.

Standard Features & Options

The 2019 Ford Edge comes in SE, SEL, Titanium and ST trim levels. Prices include the $1,095 factory delivery charge.

The base SE ($31,090) has 18-in alloy wheels, a capless fuel filler, hill-start assist, automatic headlights, a rear spoiler, LED taillights, LED daytime running lamps, four 12-volt outlets, active grille shutters, push-button start, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, push-button start, a rotary gear shifter, rain-sensing wipers, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Bluetooth, Sync voice controls, Co-Pilot360, FordPass Connect with Wi-Fi hot spot and a 6-speaker audio system with a 4.2-in display, satellite-radio capability, a USB port and an auxiliary input.

The SEL ($34,395) adds a keypad entry system, LED fog lights, heated side mirrors with puddle lamps and turn-signal indicators, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, second-row easy-fold seat, rear-parking sensors, two smart charging USB ports, SYNC 3 infotainment interface and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Titanium ($39,855) comes with 19-in wheels, upgraded LED daytime running lights, heated front seats, a hands-free powered lift gate, keyless entry/start, a power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, ambient cabin lighting, an upgraded Bang & Olufsen audio system, a 10-way power passenger seat, leather upholstery, driver’s seat/outboard mirrors memory settings, extra sound insulation, an 8-in central screen, wireless charging and twin adaptive displays in the gauge cluster.

The ST ($43,450) provides the exclusive turbocharged V6, 20-in wheels, unique Ford Performance appearance goodies, a sport-tuned suspension, a dark grille and rear diffuser, leather sport seats with suede inserts, an ST perforated-leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, dual polished exhaust tips and most of the Titanium’s equipment.

Some of the standard items on the upper trims can be added to lower trims via options packages. Other extras, depending on trim, include 21-in wheels, a panoramic sunroof, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, remote ignition, roof rails, a towing package and a rear entertainment system with dual screens.

Cargo space is generous, starting at 39.2 cu ft. and expanding to 73.4 cu ft. with the second row of seats folded down.

Safety

The Edge comes standard with traction control (including torque vectoring for improved cornering precision), stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, automatic crash notification and eight airbags (front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain). The Ford MyKey system is also standard, allowing owners to set electronic limits for other drivers. The Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of safety/driver-assist technologies is standard across the board.

The Edge was awarded the full five stars overall in government crash tests, including five for front impacts and the same for side impacts. In tests carried out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Edge scored the highest rating of Good in all categories except for the small-overlap front crash test, where it took the second-best score of Acceptable.

Behind the Wheel

This is one of the nicest midsize crossover cabins for the price, with attractive surfaces and high-quality materials almost everywhere. There’s plenty of room for four adults (or five in a pinch) to enjoy the exceptionally smooth and quiet ride. For a tall, heavy vehicle, the Edge displays excellent body control, retaining its composure even through quick corners. The Sport has a firmer ride quality than the regular Edge.

The base turbo 4-cylinder is more than adequate for most situations, and its fuel economy is a big plus, but the ST’s spirited acceleration could tempt enthusiastic drivers.

Edge ST

The ST is the version to get if what you really want is a very quick SUV. We drove a fairly nicely-equipped Edge ST and the price was about $49,000. There’s nothing blatantly wrong with the Edge ST, it’s just that there are a LOT of great choices in the $50,000 range when it comes to new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles.

The 2019 version of the Ford Edge is near the end of its lifecycle, the Edge will surely be updated by 2020 or 2021. That being said, the 2019 model has a touchscreen that’s on the smaller side and the Sync 3 graphic look has become somewhat dated. Still, there’s a simplicity in how the whole package works — it’s versatile, very quick and really good looking.

In fact, the exterior look is really a high point with the Edge ST. The wheels, rear-end treatment and overall stance is muscular and modern. This is one of the best-looking midsize SUVs you can get. That look is backed up with really strong acceleration both at speed and from a stop. Handling is also very good but some passengers thought the Edge ST had a ride that’s just a little too stiff for everyday comfort compared to the non-ST Edge.

The ST’s sport seats are supportive and comfortable and have a luxury look all at the same time. Dual USB ports along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto mean you can easily stay in touch.

The driving dynamics are really the main reason you’d want an Edge ST. Having a cool-looking SUV is also nice. If both of those things are really important to you, the Edge ST will be a great fit.

Other Cars to Consider

2019 Nissan Murano — If any crossover in this segment is more stylish than the Edge, it’s the avant-garde Murano. But the Ford offers a wider choice of engines.

2019 Kia Sorento — Well-equipped, sharp-looking, keenly priced and comes with the option of third-row seating.

2019 Toyota Highlander — Seats up to eight and has a family-friendly interior. The V6 engine is the ideal choice here.

Used Lexus RX 350 — The RX follows a similar formula to the Edge. A certified pre-owned (CPO) example could save a nice chunk of change. However, the Edge will look and feel more modern.

Autotrader’s Advice

The SEL version is eligible for more options than the SE, so that gives the buyer greater flexibility to pick and choose rather than stretch for the less-affordable Titanium trim.  Find a Ford Edge for sale

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