2020 Edge New Car Test Drive
The Ford Edge is a popular, quick, and genteel crossover that slots in size between the Escape and Explorer. Known for its user-friendly driving dynamics, it's been around for 12 years, now in the fifth year of its second generation. For 2019 it gets a long list of improvements, including handling tweaks, a refined cabin with better controls, new 8-speed automatic transmission, 5-horsepower increase in the turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, a 20-horsepower increase in the twin-turbo V-6, and a suite of safety technology in every model, including forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, active lane control and blind-spot monitors.
There's also a new model, ST, that gets a sport-tuned suspension and transmission, sport seats, black trim, and red-and-black badges. It uses that twin-turbo V-6, and is intended to run with Lincoln and Lexus crossovers. That competition is a bit more exciting than the rivals for the 4-cylinder Edge, including the likes of Hyundai Santa Fe, for example.
The old naturally aspirated V-6 has been dropped from the engine lineup. In its place is the 2.0-liter turbo-4 now making 250 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic, with either front- or all-wheel drive.
The Edge ST replaces last year's Edge Sport, which also used the twin-turbo V-6, but it's been improved for the ST. At 2.7 liters, it makes 335 horsepower, and can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in under 6.0 seconds.
The Edge is appreciated for its smooth ride, even with the big 20- or 21-inch wheels on the top two models.
The EPA rates the turbo-4 Edge at 22 mpg city, 29 highway, 25 combined with front-wheel drive, or 21/28/23 mpg for all-wheel drive. With the twin-turbo V-6 in the ST, those numbers drop to 19/26/21 mpg, on premium fuel.
The NHTSA gives the Edge a five-star overall rating for crash performance, with five stars on every test and four stars for calculated rollover resistance.
The IIHS gives the Edge its top 'Good'? rating in most of its test, but just 'Acceptable'? in small-overlap driver-side impacts..
Edge models are SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST trims. The standard equipment list is thorough.
The $30,990 Edge SE has cloth upholstery, cruise control, power features, air conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD player with Bluetooth audio streaming. For 2019 it gains an 8-speed automatic, in-car wireless data (with subscription fees), Sync 3 infotainment, satellite radio, LED headlights, and rain-sensing wipers.
On the $34,085 SEL, Ford adds rear parking sensors, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, and power front seats. Major options include heated seats, navigation, and B&O Play audio.
The $39,545 Edge Titanium has leather upholstery, HD radio, a hands-free tailgate, wireless smartphone charging, B&O premium sound, and remote start. Options include heated rear seats, cooled front seats, navigation, a panoramic roof, adaptive cruise control, a tow package, and 20-inch wheels.
The $44,345 Edge ST gains a sport-tuned suspension and transmission, and sport seats. Options include a performance brake package with 21-inch summer tires. With all the options it can hit $54,000, so it not only competes with Lincoln and Lexus on the road, but also in price. .