Verdict: The Edge has glorious ride-and-handling steadiness together with refined driver-assistance and multimedia tech, however its inside high quality lags its value, and all however the ST mannequin want extra energy.
Versus the competitors: The Edge remains to be a strong mid-size SUV with advantageous driving dynamics, but it surely must up its sport. Newer rivals are including extra worth, higher powertrains and nicer interiors — and that’s earlier than you even think about compact SUVs. The Edge ST efficiency model, nevertheless, is a distinguishing possibility versus many of the competitors.
Ford refreshed the mid-size Edge five-seat SUV for 2019, including each a fancier model and an edgier ST efficiency trim degree that replaces the outdated Sport. It additionally made some not-so-edgy tweaks to the SUV’s entrance and rear styling, and added a brand new transmission, a better all-wheel-drive possibility and extra customary security tech.
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Additionally for 2019, Ford killed off the outdated three.5-liter V-6 engine. There’s nonetheless a V-6 — a extra highly effective model of the 2018 Edge Sport’s 2.7-liter — but it surely’s solely within the ST. Different variations make do with a 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder that’s mated to a brand new eight-speed automated.
The 2019 Edge continues to supply SE, SEL and Titanium trim ranges, and there’s a brand new Titanium Elite Package deal with dressier exterior trim and a brand new high value. Past its engine, the ST additionally provides extra aggressive seems to be and a beefed-up suspension. It’s no fire-breather, however Ford’s ST efficiency unit has injected a dose of enjoyable into the competent, mild-mannered Edge.
The once-sleepy mid-size SUV class is heating up. The Edge competes with such stalwarts because the Nissan Murano and Jeep Grand Cherokee, but additionally the redesigned 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2020 Subaru Outback, a resurrected Chevrolet Blazer and the all-new Honda Passport. An Edge Titanium Elite held its personal in Vehicles.com’s current head-to-head comparability of those SUVs (minus the still-to-come Outback), ending an in depth third behind the value-laden Santa Fe and the Pilot-based Passport. See the outcomes right here.
I examined two Edge Titanium Elites and an ST for this evaluate.
Solely the ST Actually Seems New for 2019
All 2019s get a wider, slimmer grille, a brand new hood, new bumpers and new taillights, in addition to customary LED lighting. The Elite Package deal attire up the Titanium with its personal 20-inch wheel design, plus body-colored bumpers and lower-side cladding. The ST is the brand new slouching unhealthy boy, however with out overdoing the look. It will get barely extra aggressive bumpers, a black mesh grille, blacked-out trim and black lower-side aero, in addition to blackened wheels. Along with the common Edge paint colours, the ST may be had lined within the Blue Oval’s Efficiency Blue paint.
Inside a Combined Bag
The inside largely carries over from the earlier mannequin yr, however with adjustments to the middle dashboard and console, which profit from a brand new space-saving rotary dial gear selector. The highest-trim inside doesn’t fairly really feel as much as its value, nevertheless, mixing good touches with cheaper supplies. There’s tasteful metal-look trim alongside cheap-looking panels, with grained plastic on high of the sprint. There’s additionally an odd combine with the middle controls: A elaborate lighted quantity knob and lighted bar-shaped push-buttons for radio tuning (why not a handier knob?) share house on a flat-gray plastic panel with practical however cheap-feeling plastic buttons.
The inside has loads of room, nevertheless. Leather-based seating is customary within the Titanium, and I discovered the seats to be supportive each entrance and rear, if a bit of too quick for one of the best thigh assist. Our take a look at automobiles had ventilated in addition to heated entrance seats, and the air flow was really efficient — hardly ever the case. One other plus on the highest trim ranges is a full vary of energy front-seat adjustment not only for the motive force however for the passenger, as properly, together with energy lumbar assist.
Supplies high quality, good and unhealthy, holds up within the rear. The reclining rear seat had loads of legroom for me (6-foot-2) to take a seat behind a driver of my dimension though it doesn’t slide, however the elective panoramic moonroof left barely sufficient headroom for me.
The ST inside displays the Titanium: all black, however with the addition of a pair of properly padded and well-bolstered sport seats up entrance. They do a superb job of retaining you in place because of each contouring and grippy, suedelike inserts.
A Place for Every part
Cabin storage is superb, with a deep middle console bin, an enormous bin forward of the gear selector dial, slots flanking the cupholders, house underneath the middle console and good-size door bins. An additional contact that isn’t seen sufficient is extra storage atop the dashboard underneath a flip-up lid.
Ford says the Edge has 39.2 cubic toes of cargo room behind the rear seat — ample room we confirmed with our personal measurements for our mid-size Problem, the place it had essentially the most helpful quantity of the six contestants. The cargo space has releases for the 60/40-split, folding backrests to open up a most 73.four cubic toes of house. The accessible energy liftgate contains hands-free operation.
Ford’s user-friendly Sync three media system — customary on the SEL and up — is fast, and the Eight-inch touchscreen is sharp and responsive. It contains customary smartphone integration and a Wi-Fi scorching spot (with subscription) for as much as 10 gadgets. The system’s voice management was essentially the most correct of the SUVs examined within the mid-size Problem. The show is well-placed for sight strains, although it’s angled barely upward, which might catch glare and exhibit fingerprints. You shouldn’t think about an Edge with out Sync three; the bottom system’s small display and one USB port are usually not going to fulfill.
There are two USB ports on larger trim ranges (fewer than most rivals), and the Titanium provides wi-fi charging. There are 12-volt energy retailers on the facet of the middle console, within the console bin and within the cargo space. Rear passengers get no USB ports, although they’ve a 110-volt family outlet in addition to 12-volt energy.
A Story of Two Engines
The usual turbocharged 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder places out 250 horsepower and 280 pounds-feet of torque on premium gasoline. That’s up 5 hp and 5 pounds-feet from final yr. Ford says it’s designed to function on common gasoline, as properly, although with decrease output.
A brand new eight-speed automated, which replaces the outdated six-speed, is usually well-behaved, not stumbling or attempting to find gears. Energy is sufficient however by no means thrilling, seeming overmatched by the four,124-pound SUV (AWD model). That feeling was compounded by a beat or so of turbo lag off the road and comparatively fast upshifts, then strengthened by lag on some downshifts. Downshifts are quick sufficient whenever you go from some gasoline to extra gasoline, however they lag whenever you punch the pedal after coasting or braking. Utilizing Sport mode holds decrease gears longer and sharpens response, significantly for mid-range passing.
This new regular for the Edge has a payoff in higher mileage; its EPA-estimated score of 22/29/25 mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed (with front-wheel drive) is up a bit of from the 2018 2.Zero-liter and up considerably from the retired V-6. The AWD Titanium got here in second in mixed mileage in real-world testing for our mid-size SUV Problem, lagging solely the Murano, which has a V-6 and a repeatedly variable automated transmission. The Edge averaged 25.6 mpg in roughly 210 miles of metropolis and freeway driving, however got here in final within the Problem rating of gas value per mile due to its really useful premium gasoline. (We didn’t take a look at the Edge with common, although it’s usable if the lessened energy is sufficient for you.) Even operating on premium, the Edge’s near-luxury aspirations would profit from extra scoot. Sure there’s the ST, but it surely’s a really completely different automobile.
The center of the ST is the prepared twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 that pumps out 335 hp and 380 pounds-feet of torque, up 20 hp and 30 pounds-feet from the 2018 Sport (once more assuming premium gas). It’s a gem that’s mated to an ST model of the eight-speed automated. Regardless of being tuned for the ST, the transmission was nonetheless fast to upshift and took a beat or two to downshift. Ford says the powertrain is sweet for a zero-to-60-mph time within the 5-second vary. The gasoline mileage penalty isn’t even large, with EPA scores down simply 2 mpg throughout the board from a civilian Edge with AWD.
Goes The place You Level It
The Edge combines glorious bump absorption, isolation and a cushty, carlike journey with very succesful dealing with. It completed second within the Problem in each dealing with and journey, displaying it may each stroll and chew gum with out sacrificing one for the opposite. There’s good physique management and the steering is nice: fast and properly weighted, with crisp turn-in.
The Edge’s dealing with additionally advantages from the elective AWD, which acquired smarter for 2019. It could possibly now idle the hyperlink to the rear wheels when it’s not wanted, serving to gas financial system, however can then almost immediately (Ford says inside 10 milliseconds) ship as much as 100 p.c of energy to the rear, although it doesn’t break up it facet to facet. AWD engagement is managed by synthetic intelligence and sensor inputs, together with outdoors temperature and whether or not the windshield wipers are on.
The ST improves on that basis with Ford Efficiency tuning and shock absorbers that make it much more agile. Cornering is flat for a heavy SUV, although there’s nonetheless some roll, and there’s much less understeer than in the usual Edge. Steering additionally had sharper turn-in, and whereas the usual Edge was restricted on the edge by efficiency-oriented all-season tires, the ST we drove had dealing with limits boosted by the $2,695 ST Efficiency Brake Package deal, which provides 21-inch black wheels (20s are customary) with grippy summer season tires. You pay a value in firmer journey; the ST may not be your most suitable option when you commute on pothole-ridden metropolis streets.
For weekend enjoyable, although, the S button within the middle of the rotary shifter prompts an ST-specific Sport mode that tightens steering, throttle and transmission response, provides rev-matching and lets the steering-wheel paddles maintain gears to the redline. It alters the configurable portion of the instrument cluster to carry up a tachometer and graphics similar to turbo increase and energy distribution. Sport additionally enhances engine growl, although solely within the cabin, the place it comes via the audio system. If it’s monitor day, the ST lets you dial again — although not utterly disable — stability controls for looser wheel slip and roll parameters earlier than intervention.
Extra Security Tech Normal
The Edge earned high scores for crashworthiness and entrance collision system in Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security testing, however each accessible headlight programs are rated poor, though the Edge provides an adaptive headlight system.
In relation to superior security and driver-assistance expertise, nevertheless, the Edge was the highest scorer in our mid-size Problem. Normal for 2019 is a bundle of tech branded Co-Pilot360. It features a entrance collision warning system with automated braking, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane hold help and automated excessive beams. The elective Co-Pilot360 Plus provides adaptive cruise management with full stop-and-go, lane centering and evasive steering help. My tester had it, and the cruise management was as succesful as marketed. The Edge’s sturdy lane-centering system additionally labored all the way in which to a cease. The one change I might make within the system — and it’s a criticism I’ve with most such programs — could be a extra outstanding indicator of when it’s or isn’t locked on. Perpendicular and parallel-parking help is elective, however no 360-degree digicam system is obtainable. Some rivals provide one.
Vehicles.com’s 2019 Edge Automobile Seat Examine report card exhibits straight B’s — not sufficient to match extra family-friendly SUVs. The Edge’s shortcomings largely needed to do with troublesome Latch anchors and seat belt buckles which are harder for youths to make use of.
Pricing Exams Worth
The freshened Edge stays a strong mid-size SUV, however rivals provide a whole lot of options at comparatively mainstream costs in contrast with luxurious manufacturers. You may get a reasonably good front-wheel-drive Edge SE for the beginning value of $31,090 (all costs embody vacation spot). On the different finish, an AWD Titanium Elite begins at $47,195 and the ST at $43,450. As examined, the loaded Elite we drove had a sticker of $48,210 and the ST tipped the scales at $52,515.
Increased worth scores have been a major issue within the Edge Titanium Elite being edged out in our mid-size SUV Problem by high trim ranges of the brand new Santa Fe and Passport, which lagged in driving enjoyable however provided a load of upscale options at costs $Eight,305 and $three,485 cheaper, respectively. Examine their options and trim ranges right here.
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