The 2019 Ford Edge is an update of the 2018 model. It features structural improvements intended to improve safety, styling enhancements to make the 5-passenger midsize SUV more appealing. As a bonus, there are also technological upgrades to make life easier, safer, and more enjoyable. Ford also begins introducing the coveted ST brand to its SUV lineup with the 2019 Edge ST, which replaces the previous Edge Sport.
What’s the styling?
Up front, the 2019 Edge gets a new, more upright grille, reshaped headlights, larger fog light openings, a restyled chin, and a new hood. The changes are subtle but help lend a more modern appeal to the crossover. The headlights are now also LED high and low beams as standard. The optional fog lights and accent lighting are LED, as well. That same level of updates happens at the back too. The biggest change is the license plate relief; it’s larger now with the handle for the power-lift tailgate positioned closer to the bumper. It seems to give the Edge a taller, statelier appearance. The taillights are another big change. They move from having small internal details to larger, bolder sections behind the reshaped clear lens. Like before, they are LED.
What are the trim levels?
The 2019 Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV that can seat five. It's offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST. The SE is decently equipped, but the SEL offers more amenities and access to options packages. The Titanium is all about luxury, while the ST is the performance model. Some of the fancier standard items are available on lower trim levels as options.
What about the interior?
While the exterior gets a light freshening, the interior does not. It carries over almost unchanged from 2018, with the exception of an update to the center console shifter. The move to a new electronically controlled eight-speed automatic transmission sees a new rotary shifter installed in the console, just like in the larger Explorer. Dimensionally, the interior is unchanged, as are the materials. The ST model gets some more heavily bolstered seats and unique leather patterns with silver seat stitching, along with different sill plates, a unique gauge cluster, and an ST-branded steering wheel.
What’s under the hood?
A turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine is standard for the Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium, and Ford aims to make it more fuel efficient this year by pairing it with a new 8-speed automatic transmission and engine start/stop technology. The turbo-two is also slightly more powerful, gaining five extra horsepower for 2019. It delivers motive force to the front wheels unless the optional all-wheel-drive system is specified. The Ford Performance team specially tunes the Edge ST. It contains a twin-turbocharged, 2.7-liter V-6 engine, same as the previous Edge Sport. However, power is up to 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. An 8-speed automatic transmission is paired with the twin-turbo V-6, and it features both paddle shifters and a new Sport driving mode. Sport mode quickens throttle response, holds transmission gears, sharpens engine braking, and modifies the exhaust note.
How safe is it?
Ford has outdone themselves in the safety department. It doesn’t matter which Edge you buy or how much you spend or don’t spend on options; every Ford Edge comes with automated emergency braking, forward-collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, and automatic high-beams. That’s part of the growing trend across many manufacturers to deck family vehicles with every conceivable safety feature. That’s a big plus for drivers and their families.
How Much Does the Ford Edge Cost?
To buy a new Ford Edge, plan to spend at least $29,200 – the MSRP for the base SE trim. That's pretty close to the average starting price of a midsize SUV. In addition to the Edge SE, this SUV comes in SEL ($31,955), Titanium ($35,930), and ST ($40,675) trim levels.