Introduced as a 2007 model year, the Ford Edge entered the SUV market with quite an impression, taking this segment by storm.
With a modern appearance, a whole lot of ‘techie’ appeal, and a bunch of accessories for the whole family, it just covered pretty much all the needs in sight.
It seemed bulky in a good way, and with a very spacious interior, it seated five people very comfortably.
It also took the cheesiness away from the family vehicles: The soccer moms, the dads, and kids all across America felt that they were riding a very modern, appealing piece of automotive engineering, with the ‘cool factor’ being the cherry on top of the cake.
Currently at its second generation -and after a couple of facelifts-, the Ford Edge keeps attracting those who seek a -well- edgy Sports Utility Vehicle, that can be a useful, practical, family car; but also an attractive, modern and appealing vehicle.
High tech: The name of the game
Just like its ’07 ancestor, the 2019 Ford Edge has four trims -two of them with different names from their late 2000’s counterparts, but well, in general terms, variety and equipment is what we are looking for here… and boy, do we find it.
SE, SEL, Titanium and ST are the names of the trims, the first, second and third offering one kind of engine and the ST offering another one (more on that in a few lines).
Let’s explore the trims, accessory wise.
Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display screen, voice controls, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, 18-inch wheels, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port, rear privacy glass, automatic wipers, a 4G data connection and Wi-Fi hotspot, are just a few of the ‘techie’ traits that the SE trim has to offer.
Tech keeps being the name of the game with the SEL trim, since it includes Ford’s Sync 3 system, comprised by an 8 inch touchscreen display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlaycompatibility and a couple of USB ports.
It also includes an entry pad and parking sensors on the rear; and, on the comfy side, it offers us dual-zone climate control and a leather wrapped steering wheel, also just to name a few of its traits.
Luxury and technology (yeah, ‘techie’ stuff again) get amped up for the Titanium trim, with remote engine start, 19 inch wheels, leather upholstery, a 12 speaker audio system with HD radio, interior lighting, sports seats at the front, hands-free liftgate, wireless charging pad and much more.
And last, but certainly not least, we have the ST trim, the sporty, performance oriented one.
First of all, it has a bigger engine (I insist, more on that a few lines below), that combined with 20 inch wheels and sport tuned suspension, gives the Edge a high performance profile.
In the aesthetic side of things, this trim offers a one of a kind front and rear appearance, sport-themed interior styling and simulated suede/perforated leather upholstery.
It should be noted that some of the items are available for purchase as options on lower trim levels, some of them individually and some of them on packages.
Two different ‘hearts’
As I mentioned before, we have two different engines at our disposition.
The SE, SEL and Titanium trims are equipped with a four cylinder, 2.0 liter, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, that brings us 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque.
Also, this engine is mated to an eight speed automatic transmission; and, while it is equipped with front-wheel drive, you can get it optionally with all-wheel drive.
The ST trim has a bigger engine, a V6, 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged engine, that bursts out 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque; has the same kind of transmission and is equipped with AWD.
Fuel economy varies between 19 and 22 miles per gallon on the city and 26 to 29 mpg on the highway, according to estimates by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and depending on the engine and drive.
As it usually happens when there are a couple of engines to choose -one bigger than the other-, well, the V6 is the way to go if power and agility is what you need.
But if you are looking for a capable, easy handled, fun to drive SUV, look no further and go with the four cylinder engine.
And either way, the Edge gives you comfort with quiet interior and cozy seats, that combined with its plethora of accessories, make a very rounded, wholesome vehicle for the whole family.
Ford keeps its streak going with the 2019 Edge, delivering a complete, equipped, comfortable and very capable SUV. A must have for those who seek a family vehicle.