2020 Ford Edge: Urban Rock Star
Ford says the Edge has the most available driver-assist technologies in its class. It’s a zippy (especially the turbocharged ST trim) two-row SUV with a ton of value-added features and above-average fuel economy. For the money, the Edge is a solid competitor in its class, starting at just over $30K for the entry-level SE.
Comfort and space are abundant in this vehicle, and it’s a great fit for families, young professionals, or empty nesters, and it’s also a good choice as a first car or off-to-college ride because of the safety technology.
We tested the active park assist, which uses ultrasonic sensors on the front and rear of the vehicle to guide the driver into a parallel or perpendicular parking space. Sensors and cameras are mounted at various locations on the Edge to enhance your awareness of other vehicles and objects that are beside and behind. With a little practice, it’s spot on; if you have any parking ambivalence, active park assist has your back.
The estimated miles per gallon for the Edge is 23 mph combined for the SE, SEL, and Titanium trims, and 19/26 for the ST.
DRIVE AND HANDLING
Front-wheel drive is standard, and buyers can choose to upgrade to the all-wheel-drive system for the SE, SEL, and Titanium; it’s standard on the ST. The first three trims include a twin-scroll 2.0L EcoBoost engine and hill start assist, and the ST takes it up a notch with a 2.7L V6 EcoBoost.
The SE trim is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost four-cylinder engine generating 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. If you want your Edge to be a little extra, the Edge ST includes a 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines mate to an eight-speed automatic transmission, with FWD as standard and AWD being optional. All-wheel-drive is standard on the ST.
All of these features are standard on the Ford Edge: electric, power-assisted steering and torque-vectoring control; four-wheel vented disc anti-lock brake system (ABS); Ford Co-Pilot360 technology post-collision braking with roll stability control and curve control; traction control; and independent front and rear suspension; side-impact airbag – front and second row safety canopy side-curtain with rollover sensor; driver and front row passenger dual-stage; driver knee airbag; glove-box-door-integrated knee airbag; SOS post-crash alert system; rear view camera; latch system; individual tire pressure monitoring system; front safety belt reminder.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awarded the 2019 Ford Edge 4/5 stars in its rollover test.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave the Edge its highest score, Good, in all six of its crash tests. And it earned a Superior rating for its front crash prevention features.
CO-PILOT360: A WELCOME BACK SEAT DRIVER
Ford’s research shows a growing trend of people are concerned about hitting pedestrians. The brand’s safety platform, Ford Co-Pilot360, includes standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, rear backup camera, auto high beam lighting, blind spot information system, and lane keeping system. Ford Co-Pilot360 is included on the 2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST, and it will be added to Ford’s new passenger cars, SUVs and their truck line up to the F-150 in North America. It will be standard on 91 percent of Ford vehicles in North America by 2020.
Ford Co-Pilot360’s pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection helps the driver avoid collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians. If a potential collision is detected, warning lights flash and an alert sounds; if the driver doesn’t respond quickly, the system can automatically apply the brakes.
Ford says it will continue to introduce new driver-assist technologies. In 2019, it plans to debut automatic emergency braking for when drivers are in reverse for the North America and Asia Pacific markets. The company is investing $500 million in the next five years to continue to develop and improve driver-assist and safety technologies, and they’re working toward simplifying technologies so they work as drivers expect, especially as driving controls become more automated.
The investment Ford is making in safety technologies will benefit the industry as a whole.
SecuriCode keyless entry keypad – handy if you can’t get to your keys
Refreshed interior and exterior styling in 2019 and 2020 maintains the look
Eight-speed automatic transmission
SYNC connectivity system includes a USB port, Bluetooth, satellite radio with six speakers, and FordPass Connect with a Wi-Fi hot spot. Upgrade to the available SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, one more USB port, HD Radio, a nine-speaker sound system, navigation, and an 8-inch touch screen.
SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST. Many standard features are the same across the board, but the Titanium offers a plethora of additions including a premium sound system by Bang & Olufsen and the option to add park assist features. If you like your vehicle to have a bit more get up and go, the ST (formerly the Sport) is your go-to.
The starting price on a Ford Edge is $31,100 MSRP for the SE, and ranges up to a $43,265 to start on an ST.
2020 EXTERIOR COLORS
Atlas Blue Metallic
Dark Persian Green Metallic
Desert Gold Metallic
Iconic Silver Metallic
Rapid Red Metallic
Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
Ebony or Ceramic
FEATURES WE LOVE
· Safety features, including Ford Co-Pilot360
· Feels updated and peppy to drive
· Plenty of space in the front and back
· Seems like the kind of vehicle you can take anywhere and park anywhere easily
OPTIONS A LA CARTE
· Cold weather package: heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, and all-weather floor mats (not available on SE trim)
· Convenience package: 100V power outlet, perimeter alarm, hands-free foot-activated liftgate, remote start, universal garage system, and wireless charging pad (available on ST and SEL and standard on Titanium)
· Cargo accessory package: includes a retractable cargo cover
Overall, the verdict around the automotive world appears to be that the Edge could use an infotainment graphics update.
Headlights do not illuminate the road ahead as well as they should
IF THIS VEHICLE WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE:
It's gotta be "Livin' on the Edge" by Aerosmith. Because of course.