If you wish to know concerning the state of the auto trade within the US, look no additional than Ford. As soon as the house of sedans just like the Taurus and Crown Victoria, Ford has determined to largely give up on cars and focus its efforts on SUVs and vehicles. Meaning extra consideration to fashions just like the Explorer and Escape, plus the return of the Bronco (will it’s out there in OJ Simpson White?). Oh, and the Ford Edge has gotten some severe love from Ford for 2019—it has been redesigned with a number of assist from the Ford Efficiency Crew. Let’s take a look.
The Ford Edge slots roughly into the center of Ford’s huge lineup of SUVs and crossovers. On the smaller aspect are the EcoSport and Escape; the Explorer, Flex, and Expedition full Ford’s vary of SUVs. At 188 inches lengthy (4,775mm), the Edge seems extra like a squat SUV with a blunt-looking entrance finish than different compact crossovers just like the Volkswagen Tiguan. Ford’s makeover for the Flex manifests itself with new bi-LED headlights, new 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels (20-inch wheels include the Titanium Elite bundle), sportier-looking entrance and rear fascia, and a wider grille. And you’ll admire the brand new liftgate appliqué as you stroll towards the Edge together with your luggage of groceries.
As is the case with most compact crossovers, Ford has geared up the Edge with a 2.0L, 16-valve turbocharged engine able to 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and 275lb-ft (373Nm) of torque at 3,000rpm, which comes with the SE, SEL, and Titanium trim. The Edge SL has a 2.7L 24-valve EcoBoost V6 that gives 335hp (246kW) at 5,500rpm. There is a new eight-speed computerized transmission with normal front-wheel drive (all-wheel drive is normal on the SL and out there throughout the remainder of the lineup). Our evaluation automobile had the four-banger below the hood.
The Edge begins at $29,995 for the bottom SE mannequin. The SEL provides a 10-way energy driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering, and the most recent model of Ford’s infotainment system, Sync 3, which brings CarPlay and Android Auto help. SEL begins at $33,300. Our evaluation mannequin was the Edge Titanium, which begins at $38,760. Add the total suite of driver-assist tech, an Elite bundle which incorporates 20-inch wheels and a few exterior upgrades, and the full MSRP for our evaluation automobile is $46,590. That is a far cry from the bottom mannequin, nevertheless it’s completely typical stuff from automakers.
Good design on the within
Whereas I do not suppose the outside of the Edge is something particular, Ford has executed an excellent job with the inside, with one caveat: If you happen to’re over 6’2″ (188cm), you may find yourself short on room. It was OK for me at 6’1″ (185cm), however I invited my 6’5″ neighbor over to test it out. He folded himself into the motive force’s seat and did not have sufficient area. Tall individuals, take notice.
Ford has given the inside a clear and uncluttered really feel, engaging in this by tweaking the middle console and dashboard areas. The gear shift lever has been changed with a dial; in entrance of the dial and cupholders is a pop-open compartment that homes a wi-fi charging pad and a pair of USB ports; you will want the latter for CarPlay and Android Auto. Ford put a lot of the local weather controls beneath the touchscreen infotainment system, however altering vents requires a visit to the local weather settings within the infotainment system. There’s a big energy and quantity dial for the radio between tune and search controls; every little thing else is within the infotainment show. Above the show is one other compartment, which might be a fantastic place to your classic fold-out roadmap assortment.
So far as infotainment techniques go, Ford Sync has grown on me since I first encountered it within the EcoSport and a few leases. Sync Three has a clear and easy interface, and it is simple to search out what you are searching for.
The instrument panel is neatly executed, that includes an analog speedometer flanked by a pair of 4.2-inch shows, every managed by a devoted set of buttons on the steering wheel. The fitting show may be configured to indicate cellphone, leisure, or navigation data. The left show options the gasoline gauge and may be tweaked to show different data (e.g., tachometer, mileage, driver help settings). You’ll be able to cram a lot knowledge onto the left show that it turns into troublesome to learn, however the number of show choices is helpful. The steering wheel itself feels on the small aspect, and the variety of buttons leaves an impression of litter.
Our evaluation mannequin included a panoramic sunroof, which eats into headroom for passengers within the again seat. There is a cheap quantity of legroom for an grownup, however I would not need to be caught again there for a protracted journey. Certainly, Ford seems to have prioritized cargo area over passenger area—there is a whopping 39.2 cubic ft (1,110L) of room behind the second row, and that will increase to 73.Four cubic ft (2,078L) with the second row folded flat.
Heading down the freeway
The four-cylinder energy plant is a stable however unspectacular performer. You’ll be able to go from zero to 60mph in 6.eight seconds, and in case you do, you’ll hear about it from the engine, which I discovered had a considerably high-pitched drone below acceleration. Other than some engine noise seeping by way of, the insulating aspect glass does a commendable job of filtering out different street noise.
The Edge felt a bit chunky on curving roads, with a touch of top-heaviness. On the identical time, the entrance MacPherson struts and rear twin-tube shock absorbers present a reasonably easy and straightforward journey—even with the 20-inch wheels.
Ford’s driver-assist expertise is among the many greatest I’ve seen from a mainstream SUV. The Edge Titanium comes with the total suite of driving aids. Adaptive cruise management contains stop-and-go help, which makes driving in rush-hour site visitors barely much less evil. Activate lane centering, and the Edge will observe the contours of the street to maintain you smack dab in the course of your lane. The sensors did a wonderful job monitoring light lane markers at night time as effectively.
When it is time to park, the Edge is able to assist. Along with the backup digital camera, there’s a 180° entrance digital camera that’s particularly helpful for pulling into tight spots. And in case you dread parallel parking or coping with a cramped parking zone, you possibly can let the Edge park itself. If you press the parking button, the Edge will seek for a parking area. As soon as one is noticed, all you could do is change between drive and reverse as instructed and faucet the brakes. I attempted each perpendicular and parallel parking, and it labored flawlessly.
Gas financial system is rated at 23mpg (21mpg metropolis, 27mpg freeway). I noticed 19.6mpg over per week of combined driving in cold-weather circumstances.
On the finish of my week with the Edge, I used to be type of sorry to see it go. It is actually a wonderful little SUV. The inside is intelligently designed and cozy (in case you’re not too tall), the expertise within the automobile is in concord with what you need to accomplish as a driver, and there may be loads of room within the again for all the trimmings of life with kids. At instances, I might have most popular much less noise from below the hood, however the Edge is a stable all-around performer on the street so long as you perceive what the crossover is about. If the Edge is any indication of what Ford’s principally post-car world will appear to be, there’s cause to look ahead to it.