2022 Ford Edge
One of the stalwarts of Ford’s SUV lineup is the mid-sized, two-row Edge. It was noted as one of the original offerings in a growing class that slots between compact models and three-row mid-size ones.
Since its debut for the 2015 model year, the Edge yielded a strong response from its customers. Not only did they find that the Edge is just the right size. They also found how handy and convenient this vehicle is to its owners and occupants.
Over time, Ford updated the Edge to keep it fresh and add the latest technology on board. With our 2022 Titanium tester, we wanted to see whether the Edge has stood the test of time, updates and all.
While it has retained its basic design, there had been updates to the front and rear over time. The chromed grille is perfectly balanced on the front clip, set next top two headlamp units and a lower fascia that includes fog lamps. The rear end sees its horizontal taillamps framing the middle of the tailgate area.
The overall silhouette is chunky, but useful. You will find that all four doors open wide and the liftgate has a high clearance to make loading easier. The finishing touch is the Titanium’s standard 19-inch alloy wheels.
The Edge seats five passengers comfortably inside of a large cabin. The Titanium’s leather front seats offered enough bolstering and comfort. 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.
In the past, we had reservations about Ford’s use of a rotary knob for the automatic transmission. However, we are used to it by now. It works, and that’s all that matters. However, we applaud the new center stack that is dominated by a portrait-oriented 12-inch touchscreen for Ford’s latest SYNC 4A infotainment system.
Our Titanium tester came with the 250-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. An eight-speed automatic is connected to this powerful motor, sending that power to all four wheels. Given its under 4,200-pound curb weight, the four-cylinder can struggle a bit to get going. Once underway, it drives just fine. In terms of fuel economy, we averaged 24.0 MPG.
The ride quality is quite good for the Edge. On rougher surfaces, it glides over them minimizing any stress from the road surface. Handling is decent, with some roll and lean felt at the limit. It does behave well, if you keep it at the speed limit.
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 excellent, with great pedal feel and response. The system provided quick and short stops in normal and panic situations.
Pricing for the 2022 Ford Edge starts at $37,945. Our Titanium tester was priced out at $45,240. There are five trim levels available on the 2022 Edge, including the performance-bred ST model.
In recent years, the Ford Edge attracted some good competition in its class. These competitors include the Chevrolet Blazer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Toyota Venza, Nissan Murano, Honda Passport, Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento. You can also add the Mitsubishi Outlander, Mazda CX-50, and Subaru Forester to your shopping list.
Granted, the Ford Edge is no longer a unique offering as it once was when it was introduced 17 years ago. However, it holds its own by balancing practicality with passenger space and overall size. It is still worth looking at, if you only need two rows of seats.
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