2019 Ford Edge ST Review: Tiny Truck, Powerful SUV
Ford has been getting rid of its sedans and instead focusing on crossovers and SUVs. With the recent release of the Ford Edge ST, things are starting to look up for the historic brand ever since their decision to close a few of their production lines in the U.S.
The Ford Edge ST is essentially a new and improved version of the Ford Edge Sport. This four door, five passenger, front engine AWD crossover weighs about 4,477 pounds and has a price of $43,350 for the base model.
This new model boasts more horsepower and more torque. A 2.7 liter V-6 EcoBoost engine comes with turbochargers, offering 335 horsepower, 380 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission replaces the older six-speed unit.
This engine proves useful for overtaking vehicles on the freeway, but it does create a bit of a louder sound while doing so. Unless you enjoy the thrill of a loud engine, you might be better off sticking to a nice cruising speed.
Performance is definitely no issue for this vehicle. The Ford Edge ST goes from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 5.7 seconds and covers a quarter of a mile in 14.3 seconds at 98 miles per hour.
Tom Ozog, the Chief Engineer for the Ford Edge ST, has mentioned in an interview that the stiffness of the front springs has been increased by 10 percent while the rear springs have been adjusted to 20 percent. It’s a welcome tradeoff in terms of car safety, since we’d rather jiggle a bit in the car than spin out of control and have to get a new windshield from auto glass experts.
The Ford Edge ST comes with an S button in the middle of Ford’s now-signature rotary gear selector. Pressing the S button shifts the Edge ST into Sport Mode. With Sport Mode on, throttle and transmission response increases and the gears hold for a bit longer before switching. A digital tachometer shows up, and for some odd reason, the vehicle will play additional engine noise through the ST’s stereo speakers.
For a few additional Benjamins, you can upgrade the Ford Edge ST with experiential add-ons and some assistive features. Equipment Group 401A costs $5,585 and includes navigation, cruise control, parking, and LED headlights — all adaptive, by the way — as well as a nice, big sunroof. Heated seats are a welcome upgrade for driving in colder temperatures, as is the heated steering wheel and windshield de-icer that the $495 Cold Weather Package comes with.
While the Ford Edge ST isn’t knocking any luxurious car models off the playing field, it’s a well-thought-out crossover that balances performance with comfort. And with its reasonable price range, it’s the perfect car for any suburban family looking for a swankier tin can to drive the family around in.
This is a collaborative article.