2020 Ford Edge Review
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2020 Ford Edge Review

By Zac Estrada | August 21, 2020

Quick Facts:

Pros:

  • Extensive driver assistance technology features.
  • Good fuel economy and performance combination.
  • Reasonable space and visibility.
  • Powerful turbocharged V6 option.

Cons:

  • More expensive than some in this class.
  • Dull to drive.
  • Interior has some cheap materials.

Vehicle Type: Midsize, two-row, five-seat SUV.

Price Range: From $32,990 MSRP, including a $1,245 destination charge, to $45,155, before options.

Powertrain: The base setup is a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower, front-wheel-drive, and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

All-wheel drive is available.

A twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter V6 with 335 horsepower and standard all-wheel-drive is available.

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Overview:

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The 2020 Ford Edge is a two-row midsize SUV that competes closely with the Chevrolet Blazer, GMC Acadia, Honda Passport, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Kia Sorento, Nissan Murano, and Subaru Outback.

Last redesigned for 2015 and revamped for 2019, the Edge is one of the best-selling vehicles in this class of SUVs. They’re aimed at people who want something more upscale and substantial than a compact SUV, but don’t want the expense and bulk of a three-row SUV.

Largely replacing the full-size sedan in the process, these SUVs have car-like qualities with the benefit of available all-wheel-drive, elevated height with easier access, and cargo flexibility.

In the Ford lineup, the Edge sits between the Ford Escape compact SUV and Explorer three-row SUV – both of which were completely redesigned for 2020, leaving the Edge as one of the older designs in Ford’s lineup.

For 2020, all models receive dual-zone automatic climate control as standard equipment, while a new Elite Package for Titanium models gets 20-inch polished wheels, body-color cladding on the outside, special upholstery, and interior aluminum accents. SE models also get a power driver’s seat and rear parking sensors as standard. There are a handful of new paint choices and other equipment rejiggering, too.

The 2020 Ford Edge is available in five trim levels: SE, SEL, ST-Line, Titanium, and ST.

Overall Score: 7/10


Safety Features: 8/10

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The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the 2020 Ford Edge its maximum five-star rating in overall tests. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded the Edge its 2020 Top Safety Pick rating, citing good scores in all categories and its standard collision avoidance and vehicle-to-pedestrian crash avoidance systems. These scores put the Edge near or at the top of its class for crash protection.

All 2020 Edge models come standard with a group of driver assistance features under the Ford Co-Pilot360 banner. This comprises of features including automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, active lane-keeping assist, and automatic high beam assist.

The upgraded Co-Pilot360 Assist package includes adaptive cruise control with full-speed emergency braking and a built-in navigation system. While models from Honda, Nissan, and Subaru, for example, make these features standard, Ford’s upcharge is comparatively small, and many premium rivals do not necessarily offer these features as standard equipment.


Value: 7/10

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The base Edge SE squeaks in just below $33,000. That’s higher than pretty much all of its immediate rivals, even if it includes more standard horsepower than the Chevy Blazer, GMC Acadia, and Subaru Outback, and has features that a base Honda Passport lacks.

The next-rung-up Edge SEL is about $2,500 more, but pretty much ticks all of the boxes anyone could ask for.

While ST-Line and Titanium trim add more features and flash for about $40,000, adding options like a panoramic glass sunroof and upgraded interiors require expensive option packages that take away some of the value equation.

What the Edge’s rivals don’t offer is a performance variant. The Edge ST rivals premium-branded SUVs from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz in terms of performance with its turbocharged V6 engine. It’s well under $50,000, too, which is a bargain considering the performance offered. And like all Edge models, discounts are readily available and help get back some value points.


Tech Features: 7/10

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All Edge models get an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a WiFi hotspot and two USB ports. Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system is alright compared to the cumbersome and slow systems offered on the Honda Passport and Subaru Outback, but the GM vehicles have much more clear systems, and none of them can hold a candle to the large and clear UConnect system found on the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The optional built-in navigation has clear enough graphics, but it doesn’t do anything particularly special, either.

The Edge could also use more physical controls. While there’s a volume knob and some physical climate control buttons, they seem like afterthoughts and are small and nondescript. The Chevy, GMC, and Jeep are better in this regard.

Most models can be equipped with niceties such as a power liftgate, household-style 115-volt outlet, parking sensors, and the aforementioned safety tech that includes available adaptive cruise control.


Practicality: 7/10

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The Edge sits somewhat midpack in terms of passenger space and cargo space among its rivals, pretty much on par with the externally smaller Subaru Outback, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento. The Honda Passport is vastly the largest of the group, with an enormous cargo space at 100 cubic feet total. It’s even vast with the rear seats up.

Still, the Edge will be fine for couples or families with one or two children. Its upright shape also makes it easier to get into than the swoopier Nissan Murano. Storage spaces in the cabin are generally good, with decently large cup holders and bins. Still, there’s nothing particularly clever inside or to the cargo area.

The Edge lacks the option of a third row of seats like the GMC Acadia and Kia Sorento. Neither of those is spacious for seven, but some may find they’re useful in a pinch. If you regularly carry people in the third row, a Ford Explorer is a better bet.

There is nothing about the Edge that makes it pretend to be an off-roader, lacking the ground clearance or even a lot of cladding. Only the Jeep can be equipped with things like skid plates and height-adjustable air suspension, although the Honda and Subaru are more than capable than their car roots would suggest. If spending time on anything more than a grassy or icy road is a priority, the Edge is not the best option, especially the ST-Line and ST models with their performance-oriented wheels and tires.

Towing capacity ranges between 1,500 pounds and 3,500 pounds, depending on the model and if the towing package is specified. That’s on par with many of those in the group. The Chevrolet and GMC can tow marginally more, as can the Kia and Hyundai. Only the Jeep can be equipped to tow up to 7,200 pounds, since its a rare instance in this segment where buyers can opt for a V8.


Styling & Design: 7/10

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Despite its somewhat rounded appearance, the Edge provides a relatively upright experience that’s much more like an SUV than some of the lower and sportier vehicles in this class. That assists in providing a good view of the road. Even then, it’s easy to see out of, and passengers of all sizes should find it easy to get in and out of the vehicle. It also makes loading cargo in the back very easy. Only the Subaru comes close because it’s a wagon, but that also means you sit lower to the ground, which may not appeal to everyone.

The interior offers a decent array of storage, but it’s unremarkable. More disappointing is the material quality. Higher-trim models with leather upholstery and more aluminum trim feel alright, but base models have uninspired materials, and all versions reveal plastic surfaces that are neither luxurious nor rugged. By contrast, the Chevy Blazer has the sportiest interior, while the Hyundai and Kia models are relatively plush considering their price. Basic versions of the Jeep are more utilitarian, but high-trim models can hold their own with luxury SUVs. The Edge is neither fish nor fowl in this department.


Driving Experience: 5/10

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High-performance ST trim aside, the Edge’s driving experience is fairly uninspired with the 2.0-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder models. It’s quiet enough, and the ride is respectable if the larger wheels are avoided, but it’s merely average for the class. Only the Chevy Blazer has any sporting pretension, but the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sportage feel more refined than the Ford and the Jeep Grand Cherokee possibly more so.

Consider the ST’s power gains if it’s a performance SUV you’re after. While it’s more wallowy than German performance SUVs, it adds a little more thrill to what is otherwise a dull experience.

At least the Edge’s reasonable size and generous visibility make it maneuverable around town. In that regard, it’s one of the better options in this class and noticeably better than larger, three-row SUVs, or even a full-size sedan.


Fuel Efficiency: 8/10

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Front-wheel-drive Edge models with the 2.0-liter engine are rated at 21 mpg city, 29 highway, and 24 mpg combined, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Adding AWD drops mileage by one mpg on the highway and combined tests. The Edge ST, with its V6 and standard all-wheel-drive is rated at 19 mpg city, 26 highway, and 21 combined.

The Subaru Outback is the fuel economy champ of the class, at 29 mpg combined according to the EPA, but that’s with its four-cylinder engine that’s down about 75 horsepower on the Edge’s base engine, and most other rivals have V6 engines. Going for its turbocharged engine with similar power to the all-wheel-drive Edge 2.0-liter puts it at 26 mpg combined, still three mpg better.

Then there’s a drop, as the four-cylinder Chevy Blazer, GMC Acadia, Hyundai Santa Fe, and Kia Sorento are no better than the Edge and have less power, although the V6-powered Nissan Murano comes close. That leaves the V6 Honda Passport and Jeep Grand Cherokee as the guzzlers of the group.

As for the Edge ST, it does just as well or better than some rivals with V6 non-turbo engines, and holds its own among premium rivals with turbo four-cylinder engines, providing a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too situation.


What’s it Going to Cost Me?

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The 2020 Ford Edge starts from $32,990 MSRP, including a $1,245 destination charge, and rises to $45,155. The Edge is available in five trim levels.

The Ford Edge SE starts from $32,990 MSRP. Standard features include a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 250 horsepower, front-wheel-drive, eight-speed automatic, and 18-inch alloy wheels. The Ford Co-Pilot360 system includes automatic emergency braking with forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, active lane-keep assist, and automatic high beams. Also included is dual-zone automatic climate control, 10-way power driver’s seat, rear parking sensors, rain-sensing wipers, rear privacy glass, and the Sync 3 infotainment system, with an 8-inch touchscreen, two USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and satellite radio.

All-wheel-drive is available, as is a cargo cover and cargo mat, roof rails, and a rear entertainment system.

The Ford Edge SEL starts from $35,850 MSRP. It adds to the SE’s equipment adaptive cruise control with Stop-and-Go capabilities, built-in navigation, LED fog lamps, roof rails, heated front seats, ActiveX synthetic upholstery, a 9-speaker audio system, and different 18-inch wheels. All-wheel-drive is also available.

The Co-Pilot360 Assist package adds adaptive cruise control with Stop-and-Go capabilities, evasive steering assist, and built-in navigation. The Convenience Package includes a power liftgate with hands-free operation, wireless charging smartphone pad, 115-volt household-style power outlet, universal garage door opener, and a security alarm, while the Cold Weather Package adds a heated steering wheel, windshield wiper de-icer, and floor liners.

A panoramic glass sunroof, cargo cover and cargo mat, and rear entertainment system are also available as standalone options.

The Ford Edge ST-Line starts from $39,595 MSRP. Over the SEL’s equipment, it adds a revised front grille and bumper designs, 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels, 6-way power front passenger’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a hands-free power liftgate, household-style power outlet, alarm system, wireless charging smartphone pad, and red accents on the upholstery and steering wheel. All-wheel-drive is available.

Options include the Co-Pilot Assist package, towing package, Cold Weather Package, panoramic sunroof, and cargo cover and mat.

The Ford Edge Titanium starts from $39,595 MSRP. It adds to the SEL model a heated steering wheel, hands-free power liftgate, front parking sensors, leather upholstery, heated steering wheel, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, 19-inch wheels, wireless charging pad, a household-style power outlet, 10-way power front passenger’s seat, memory settings for the driver’s seat, and Bi-LED headlamps. All-wheel-drive is also available.

The 401A Package adds adaptive cruise control with Stop-and-Go functionality, adaptive LED headlamps, auto-dimming driver’s side exterior mirror, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, active park assist, front camera, built-in navigation, and a panoramic sunroof.

The Titanium Elite Package adds body-colored trim to the exterior and grille, 20-inch alloy wheels, and special upholstery.

The Co-Pilot Assist system is available separately from the 401A Package, as is the sunroof. Other standalone options include the rear entertainment system and cargo cover and mat. A towing package is also available.

The Ford Edge ST starts from $45,155 MSRP. It features over the SEL a turbocharged, 2.7-liter V6 with 355 horsepower, 20-inch wheels, all-wheel-drive, 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, trailer tow package, front sport seats, leather upholstery with synthetic inserts, driver’s memory settings, and Bi-LED headlamps.

The 401A package adds the household-style power outlet, adaptive cruise control with stop and go function, auto-dimming driver’s side exterior mirror, cooled front seats, heated rear seats, active park assist, front camera, a hands-free power liftgate, panoramic roof, alarm system, remote start, universal garage door opener, built-in navigation, and wireless smartphone charging pad.

The Co-Pilot Assist system is available separately from the 401A Package, as is the sunroof. A tow package is also available.

A Performance Brake Package adds 21-inch gloss-black wheels on summer tires and upgraded brakes with red brake calipers.


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