The Edge comes in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive in SE, SEL, Titanium and top-of-the line Sport trims. The powertrain lineup is the best in the Edge's history. The base engine on all but Sport models is a 2.0L "Ecoboost" 4-cylinder unit that uses turbocharging and direct injection to make an impressive 245 horsepower and 275 lb-feet of torque. The upgrade is a 3.5L V6 that produces 280 horsepower and 250 lb-feet of torque.
The Sport trim offers one powerful engine option, a 2.7L "Ecoboost" V6 good for 315 horsepower and 350 lb-feet of torque. All engines are mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
Even in the base SE trim, the Edge comes well equipped. Standard equipment includes 18-inch aluminum wheels, deep tinted glass and power-adjustable mirrors. The radio is an AM/FM/MP3-compatible unit that includes Bluetooth and Ford's SYNC system. Convenience features are the usual fare, including remote keyless entry, cruise control, a leather/metal shift knob and four 12-volt power outlets.
The SEL adds chrome trim, heated mirrors and automatic headlamps. The radio gets Sirius XM satellite radio and a touchscreen interface. Proximity entry and ignition and interior metal accents. The SEL can be upgraded through optional leather heated seats, an upgraded 9 speaker audio system with the premium SYNC. The Technology package adds remote start, navigation and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS).
Titanium models include 19-inch wheels, speed-sensitive wipers, a 12-speaker Sony stereo upgrade with premium SYNC system that also adds USB interface. Dual-zone climate control and leather seat trim.
Edges ordered with the Titanium trim can be optioned up with perforated leather heated and cooled seats, a panoramic "Vista" roof, heated rear seats, remote start, navigation and the (BLIS) system.
Top-of-the-line Sport trims come with 20-inch polished wheels, steering-wheel mounted shift paddles and a rear window wiper. The Sport can be optioned up handsomely with a front camera, a hands-free liftgate, HID headlamps, enhanced park assist, heated rear seats, rain-sensing wipers, Lane Keep Assist, remote start, integrated navigation, cooled front seats, 21-inch wheels and 5 years of pre-paid satellite radio.
Standard safety features across the Edge lineup include anti-lock brakes, stability control, tire pressure monitoring and a rearview camera. SEL, Titanium and Sport trims can also be equipped with the Safe and Smart package, which adds automatic high-beam headlamps, forward-collision warning, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and rain-sensing windshield wipers.
In a way, the sporty 2019 Ford Edge ST is in a league of its own. Similarly sized, five-passenger crossover SUVs like the Honda Passport, Chevy Blazer, GMC Acadia and Nissan Murano battle the Blue Oval's standard Edge, but none is offered in a performance variant.
Because of the Edge ST's go-fast credentials, this crossover arguably begins to compete with luxury SUVs like the Audi SQ5 and the Jaguar F-Pace S, but for a lower price. Is the Edge ST worthy of being cross-shopped against flashier metal from Europe?
To my eyes, the standard Ford Edge appears as speedy as a fast-acting sedative. The Edge ST fixes the base model's yawn-inducing countenance with a larger grille, road-hugging side sills, dual exhaust and a standard set of 20-inch wheels (if you really want to flex, 21-inch wheels are optional).
The Good The 2019 Ford Edge is a solid contender in the midsize crossover SUV segment. The added performance of the ST version is just the cherry on top.
The Bad The Edge ST is ultimately underwhelming to drive despite its performance credentials.
The Bottom Line Ford's performance two-row crossover is compelling among mainstream competition, but shouldn't be seen as a value threat to bona-fide performance-luxury SUVs.
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