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2021 Ford Edge Review

The 2021 Ford Edge remains a solid choice among midsize SUV/crossovers. Even though it’s somewhat dated, with the last major redesign happening in 2015, it soldiers on with solid engine choices, a spacious interior, and an array of safety and driver assistance features (known as Ford Co-Pilot360) which is standard in all trims.

Many buyers will no doubt like the exterior styling as well, especially the range-topping ST with its bigger wheels. And those versions lower in the hierarchy are still engaging to drive. However, a new generation of Edge is anticipated for 2022.

To Ford’s credit, the 2021 Edge is not going out with a whimper. It gains more standard equipment, including an upgraded infotainment system.

What’s New for 2021?

Every 2021 Edge receives an updated infotainment system: Sync 4A. This includes a vertically oriented 12-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, four USB ports (including one USB-C port), conversational voice recognition (it will even understand commands like “find the best Thai restaurant”), and over-the-air updates.

A new ST-Line trim debuts, looking much like the most powerful ST model, but without the turbocharged V6 engine.

Ford is now fitting acoustic laminated glass to the side windows up front to reduce road noise. Rear parking sensors become standard across the range, the ST model gains a heated steering wheel plus a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, and two new exterior paint colors are introduced: Carbonized Gray and Lithium Gray. See the 2021 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?

$32,495-$44,345

Fuel Economy

With the exception of the ST variant, which we’ll get to in a moment, the 2021 Edge uses a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque.

Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard in the SE, SEL, ST-Line and Titanium models, with all-wheel drive (AWD) available as an option. All-wheel drive with intelligent disconnect (decoupling the rear wheels when they aren’t needed) is standard in the ST.

Every Edge has an 8-speed automatic transmission. No exceptions this time.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, this 2.0-liter engine achieves 19 miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg on the highway, and 24 mpg in combined driving (FWD) or 21 mpg city/28 mpg highway/23 mpg combined (AWD).

The ST model has a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 generating 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Fuel economy for the V6 Edge is 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined.

Standard Features and Options

The 2021 Ford Edge comes in SE, SEL, ST-Line Titanium and ST trim levels. Where it’s optional, all-wheel drive costs $1,995. Vehicle prices include a $1,245 destination charge.

SE ($32,495) has 18-in alloy wheels, hill-start assist, rain-sensing wipers, automatic on/off LED headlights, LED taillights, LED daytime running lights, active grille shutters, rear spoiler, keyless entry/ignition, remote start/lock/unlock, cloth upholstery, 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, rotary gear shifter, rear parking sensors, four 12-volt outlets, programmable Ford MyKey, Sync 4A infotainment system, 12-in touchscreen, Bluetooth, wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, conversational voice recognition, Wi-Fi, three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, AM/FM/satellite radio, auxiliary audio input, and a 6-speaker sound system.

A standard set of safety features — known collectively as Ford Co-Pilot360 — includes forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assistance, and automatic high beams.

SEL ($35,935) adds a keypad entry system, LED fog lights, roof rails, heated side mirrors, self-dimming rearview mirror, leather-wrapped steering wheel, 4-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, easy-fold seats in the second row, and a 9-speaker audio system.

ST-Line ($39,685) has the same cosmetic additions as the more powerful ST model, including 20-in alloy wheels, dark ST grille/rear diffuser, black roof rails and polished dual exhaust tips. The “real” ST has all-wheel drive as standard, the ST-Line offers it as an option.

Titanium ($39,685) comes with 19-in alloy wheels, upgraded LED daytime running lights, twin adaptive displays in the gauge cluster, driver’s-side memory settings, heated front seats, 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather upholstery, ambient cabin lighting, hands-free liftgate operation, 110-volt outlet, wireless charging, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system.

An optional Titanium Elite Package comes with 20-in alloy wheels, red accent interior stitching, bright aluminum dashboard accents, and other cosmetic enhancements.

ST ($44,345) brings the model-exclusive turbocharged V6, all-wheel drive, 20-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, leather/simulated suede upholstery, variable-ratio steering system, ST steering wheel wrapped in perforated leather, aluminum pedals, and most of the Titanium version’s equipment.

Every 2021 Edge is eligible for extra driver aids such as adaptive cruise control with a stop/go function, evasive steering assistance, lane-centering assistance, parking assistance, and a forward-facing 180-degree camera.

Other options, depending on trim, include a towing package, 21-in alloy wheels, panoramic sunroof, power-adjustable steering column, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, navigation, remote start, roof rails, 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 2021 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.

In crash testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Edge was awarded the full five stars overall, including five apiece for front and side impacts. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Edge its highest rating of Good in all major crashworthiness categories.

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 ST model’s sport-tuned suspension naturally 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 more enthusiastic drivers.

Backing up its exterior appearance is really strong acceleration both from a standstill and at speed. Handling is also superb, although passengers might find the ride a little too stiff for everyday comfort compared with a non-ST Edge. At least the ST’s sport seats are supportive, comfortable, and look luxurious.

Other Cars to Consider

2021 Nissan Murano — If any contender in this class is more stylish than the Edge, it’s probably the Murano. Comes with a V6 as standard.

2021 Honda Passport — Much like the excellent Pilot, but without the three seating rows and therefore slightly shorter. Has some off-road skills as well.

2021 Kia Sorento — All-new for 2021. Plenty of visual impact, many standard features for a starting price around $30,000, and the longest warranty available.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe — Revamped for 2021, also with a great equipment/price ratio and a great warranty.

2021 Toyota Venza — The Venza name is now applied to an all-new midsize crossover. It’s only available as a hybrid.

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

Autotrader’s Advice

Although the SEL version is eligible for more options than the SE, giving buyers greater flexibility to pick and choose rather than stretching to the more expensive Titanium trim, the greater amount of standard features added to the SE model this year makes it more attractive overall. Especially in light of the Edge’s age and a new generation arriving soon.

Driving dynamics are really the main impetus to splash out on an Edge ST. But there are so many other great choices among new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles when the budget is $50,000. Find a Ford Edge for sale

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