2019 Ford Edge Review

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2019 Ford Edge Overview

The Ford Edge sits comfortably in the midsize crossover segment. Halfway through its second generation, the 2019 Edge gets a major overhaul.

The front fascia of the Edge is completely new and drastically different. Following in the footsteps of the Fusion and all-new EcoSport, the Edge now sports Ford’s new stretched-octagonal grille. The headlights flanking it, either HID-projector-beam or optional LED, are also new. They get a nice set of accent lights that form parallel invisible lines through the redesigned bumpers to the fog lights below.

The rear end is new, too. There’s no longer a full-width light motif. It’s replaced by a black glossy trim to visually extend the back windscreen to the bottom border of the redesigned taillights. Both liftgate and bumper have been completely redone, the former now sporting a larger, inverted license plate recess. Inside, changes are less drastic. The biggest difference is a redesigned center console with an electronic rotary gear selector, similar to what’s found in the Ford Fusion and Expedition.

As far as powertrains, the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4-cylinder engine returns as the base motor, albeit with a 5-horsepower bump to 250 hp. Fuel-economy numbers are not yet available, but Ford claims that a new 8-speed transmission, replacing the 6-speed from earlier years, will improve them. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, and all-wheel drive (AWD) is an extra-cost option. The 3.5-liter 6-cylinder will not appear for 2019.

The twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter 6-cylinder does live another day, however. It’s been boosted to 335 hp and 360 lb-ft of torque, up 20 and 10, respectively. It gets an 8-speed transmission plus standard AWD. And, it now resides inside a new trim. The range-topping Sport trim has been replaced by the ST trim. The ST has a sporty set of front and rear bumpers, body-colored side skirts, prominent exhaust tips, 21-inch wheels, a glossy black grille, a sport-tuned suspension, and ST badging throughout. ST buyers will also be able to choose the Performance Blue paint color that’s available on many of Ford’s other enthusiast vehicles. Inside, there are contoured sport seats with suede and leather upholstery and paddle shifters.

Another new trim, the Titanium Elite, sits just below Sport, and is serves as an appearance package upgrade to the Titanium trim. Body-colored side cladding with chrome inserts, a larger, skid plate and unique 20-inch wheels, all add to the premium air.

For technology, most returns, including Ford’s well-executed SYNC3 infotainment system. One update allows SYNC3 to work with a smartphone app to connect to a driver’s Amazon Echo home unit. Also noteworthy, the Edge is now capable of supporting up to 10 devices via its own cellular connection, standard on every trim. Wireless charging is also an available option.

Ford has also revamped the Edge’s safety options. Reversing camera, forward collision warning with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection, lane departure warning, and lane-keep assist are all newly standard. Beyond that, the Edge offers other advanced driving aids, like adaptive cruise control and a new collision-avoidance system that uses camera and radar input to help drivers complete collision-evading maneuvers successfully.

The 2019 Ford Edge is considerably better than its predecessor. With an improved exterior, more safety features, better fuel economy, and higher-quality performance, it will please plenty of car buyers. Pricing data isn’t available yet, but vehicles will hit lots summer 2018.

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Kyree is new to the automotive journalism scene, but has voiced snarky public opinions about cars for quite some time. When he's not drooling over the latest European luxury sled, he's designing web experiences or writing backend code.

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