The Ford Edge is a spacious everyday midsize SUV with upscale aspirations. It's meant more for pavement than any sort of off-roading, but it can be had with AWD. First introduced in 2007, the second-generation Edge went on sale in 2015 and received its most recent refresh in 2019.
Ford's Edge is a bit like a dull knife. Yes, it makes the cut, but not as well as a newer, sharper blade.
This midsize SUV has good interior capacity. The cargo area is large, and passengers will enjoy plenty of space. Materials in high-touch areas are nice, but there's lots of hard plastic elsewhere; the Titanium trim didn't feel premium enough to be a range-topper when we tested a 2019 model. For 2021, Ford's new Sync 4 infotainment system running on a large 12.0-inch touchscreen becomes standard, improving the Edge's tech appeal.
Acceleration is fine with the Edge's standard turbo-four engine, but the sporty ST model's twin-turbo V-6 makes it legitimately speedy. In either case, the eight-speed automatic sometimes delivers clunky shifts. What's more, ride quality isn't great: unsettled on standard models, and overly stiff on the ST. Braking power, at least, is strong.
In the midsize SUV segment, the Edge is older and less refined than some competitors, but more spacious and quicker than others. It's not as sharp as we'd like it to be, but it still warrants consideration.
All Edge models use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter turbo-four producing 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, FWD is standard, and AWD is optional. In MotorTrend testing, a FWD Edge accelerated from 0-60 mph in 7.6 seconds. EPA-rated fuel economy is 21/29 mpg city/highway for FWD models and 21/28 mpg for AWD models.
The Edge ST gets a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 cranking out 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. With standard AWD, it launches to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. Fuel economy doesn't suffer terribly for that performance: The Edge ST is EPA-rated at 19/26 mpg.
The NHTSA gives the 2021 Edge its highest overall rating of five stars, which factors five-star front and side crash scores with a four-star rollover score.
Although the IIHS hasn't tested the 2021 Edge, last year's models equipped with the available adaptive headlights earned Top Safety Pick designation. The 2020 Edge also got a Superior score, the highest, for its standard vehicle-to-vehicle front-crash prevention system, which avoided collisions in all tests. However, the vehicle-to-pedestrian crash prevention system got a middling Advanced score, as it slowed but did not stop in several tests. In any case, the 2020 Ford Edge received top Good scores in all crashworthiness tests, indicating likely excellent crash performance for 2021.
Blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and lane keep assist are standard on all models, while adaptive cruise control is included on higher-end trims.
With the second-row seats upright, the Edge's cargo area measures 39.2 cubic feet. With those seats folded down, maximum cargo capacity is 73.4 cubic feet.
Front-row headroom measures 40.1 inches of headroom in the Edge, a good bit more than the Chevrolet Blazer's 38.0 inches. Second-row headroom is also greater in the Ford, at 40.3 inches against the Chevrolet's 38.0 inches. The Edge's front-row legroom of 42.6 inches bests the Blazer's 41.0 inches. At 40.6 inches, the Edge beats the Blazer's second-row legroom by one inch.
For 2021, all Edge models are equipped with a 12.0-inch touchscreen. It's loaded with Ford's new Sync 4 infotainment software, which has improved processing power, natural language voice recognition, and built-in navigation, as well as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto among its available features. Two USB ports in the front row are included. The standard audio system has six speakers, while an optional Bang & Olufsen premium setup has 12 speakers. Higher-end models get dual 4.2-inch gauge cluster displays and a wireless device charging pad.
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