2019 Ford Edge
Ford’s Edge used to be the only SUV of its kind when it was introduced in 2006. It was not a compact nor a mid-sized model. Rather, a roomy two-row vehicle that was built off of the same platform as the Ford Fusion. It has since attracted other competitors since it fits a niche that actually fits families and couples.
For 2019, The Edge was given a mid-cycle refresh with a new look and a solid lineup. Ford also added a performance model – the ST. This became Ford Performance’s first SUV, selling alongside the F-150 Raptor, the Mustang GT350 Shelby, and the Fiesta ST.
We were fortunate to not only test the Edge ST, but its newest luxury trim level – the Titanium Elite. Both models provided a lot of impressions for you as to how Ford has improved the Edge overall.
It starts with a new front end for the Edge. It raises its profile and creates distinction in its class. The Titanium grille has a texture once seen on the larger Explorer, which creates an upmarket feel all around. The ST uses a black mesh grille with a deeper lower fascia for airflow.
We like what they did on this mid-cycle refresh by giving it an upmarket look and feel all around. The Titanium Elite tester had a distinctive grille with plenty of chrome trim all around for customers looking to step up into a more luxurious Edge. Although, we like the menacing ST model with its blacked-out mesh grille and black wheels. Both models received an updated rear trim in black, making the Edge stand out more than before.
Since we had more time with the Titanium Elite, we are happy to say that five passengers can enjoy a comfortable space inside of a large cabin. The front seats in the Titanium Elite were designed for comfort over long distances, as well as around town. The ST’s front seats offered a mix of leather and cloth upholstery, saddled with deep bolsters in the cushions and seatbacks. The rear seat offers plenty of head and leg room, with a lower transmission tunnel for the middle passenger in the back. Cargo space is generous with 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seats, expanding to 73.4 cubic feet all the way to front seats.
Interior updates for 2019 include a rotary knob for the automatic transmission. The ST model adds paddle shifters attached to the back of the steering wheel. The new shifter adds more space for a set of buttons operating the climate control and a convenient set of cupholders. Our tester came with the upgraded B&O Play audio system, which offers crisper sound overall.
As we mentioned before, our Titanium Elite tester is powered by the 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It provided 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque of power. However, our ST tester came with the 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6. This engine offered up 335 horsepower with 380 pound-feet of torque.
A new 8-speed automatic is connected to both engines. While the Titanium Elite model we received had front-wheel drive, the ST came with all-wheel drive. In terms of fuel economy, we averaged 23.8 MPG in the Titanium Elite tester; 21.6 MPG in the ST.
The ride quality is quite good on both the Titanium Elite and ST. On rougher surfaces, it does its best to absorb the road below with minimal effect into the cabin. Handling is actually quite good, as it corners well and moves around obstacles with ease and minimal roll/lean. The Edge does feel bulky for its size class, but it can show some moves when tasked to do so. The latter is true for the ST, as it can corner quite well.
The steering is fine, as it has good wheel control and turning radius. On-center feel has a bit of lightness to it, but the Lane-Keeping System and Evasive Steering Assist combine to make sure the Edge does not go off course at any cost. These two features are part of Ford’s Co-Pilot360 system that provides a degree of autonomous driving technology on board. The brakes are superb, with good pedal feel and response. The system provided great stops in normal and panic situations.
Pricing for the www.carsoup.com/for-sale/Ford/Edge/ starts at $29,995 for the SE model with front-wheel-drive. Our Titanium Elite tester came with a sticker price of $44,890, while our ST tester was priced out at $49,430.
For being the only one in its class some years ago, the Ford Edge has certainly attracted enough competition. The Hyundai Santa Fe, Chevrolet Blazer, Honda Passport, Jeep Cherokee, and Nissan Murano are among the Edge’s chief direct competitors.
But, why not consider an original? That is exactly how we see the 2019 Ford Edge. No matter which one you choose, it should not let you down.
Story Credits: CarSoup Editors