2021 Ford Edge Review
The 2021 Ford Edge is a midsize crossover SUV that sits right in the middle of Ford's SUV lineup. Is the Escape too small and the three-row Explorer too big? The Edge might be right for you. For 2021, the Edge gets a larger infotainment screen with Ford's Sync 4 infotainment system, the latest the automaker has to offer. That adds to the Edge's other positive attributes, such as a roomy and upscale interior and pleasing performance.
A key rival to the Edge is the Honda Passport. It's spacious and comfortable and scores high in utility thanks to a generous cargo area and plenty of clever storage up front. We also like the versatile Kia Sorento and the stylish Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. Among this group, the Edge is a decent pick but has some drawbacks that keep it from truly excelling. Check out the categories of our Expert Rating to learn more and get our in-depth take on the 2021 Edge.
With a spacious cabin, expansive cargo capacity and strong Sync 3 infotainment system, the Edge has a lot to offer midsize-SUV shoppers. Some might find the ride a bit jittery, and the cabin fit-and-finish on higher trim levels doesn't quite match the near-luxury price. But overall the Edge is a well-executed car that earns its place among the top mainstream SUVs.
How does the Edge drive?
Overall, the turbo four-cylinder engine is up to the task of moving the Edge. At freeway speeds, the acceleration could be better. Its responses are heavily damped, but the thrust it ultimately delivers is generally satisfactory. Our test vehicle did 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds. Consistently agreeable steering, handling and braking give the Edge good manners even if it won't quicken your pulse.
The transmission shifts smoothly though somewhat excessively at times. This tendency, coupled with a slow-to-respond gas pedal, means the Edge can occasionally take a beat to sort itself out. Engaging the Sport mode can help shorten the delay.
How comfortable is the Edge?
The Edge's comfortable front seats offer supportive bolsters and soft leather, but the rear seats are fairly flat and shapeless. The reclining rear seatback is a nice touch, though. The suspension and body dampen out moderate-size bumps in the road pretty well, but smaller bumps and imperfect pavement actually make the Edge feel a little bouncy.
We're more fond of the Edge's quiet cabin, which provides excellent isolation from wind, road and engine noise. The climate control system is capable and quiet with the exception of some odd clicks that you can hear with the radio off.
How’s the interior?
The Edge has a sizable cabin that provides plenty of room for the driver and passengers. The primary controls are pretty intuitive to use, although secondary functions, such as those for the climate system, could be better.
The front doors open wide, making it easy to hop in and out of the front seats, but rear-seat access is a little tighter. Ample seat and steering wheel adjustments mean nearly all drivers can find a proper seating position, although forward visibility is hampered somewhat by the broad front roof pillars.
How’s the tech?
The Edge's Sync 3 is among the better infotainment systems around. Most of its features work well, particularly the voice controls. But the 8-inch touchscreen could use a few more hard key shortcuts for commonly used functions. Graphics are sharp, and the pinch-and-zoom function comes in handy when using the navigation system.
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot come standard. And there are two front USB ports, multiple 12-volt outlets and even an optional 110-volt household-style outlet for keeping devices topped up. Several driver aids — automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning and auto high beams, among them — come standard.
How’s the storage?
Without the need to package a third row of seats, the Edge offers a cavernous cargo area. There's 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row, among the most generous in the class. You can fold the 60/40-split rear seatbacks quickly, but they don't lie down completely flat.
There are four reasonably accessible car seat points in the back seat that are exposed (no covers to pull back) and three obvious top tethers on the backs of the rear seats. Larger rear-facing and convertible infant seats might be a bit of a squeeze if the front occupants are of above-average height.
How economical is the Edge?
The all-wheel-drive Ford Edge with the 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA rating of 23 mpg combined (21 city/28 highway). We matched the EPA's 23 mpg on our 115-mile evaluation route.
Is the Edge a good value?
Buyers perceive value in different ways, but the Edge should rank high with people who prioritize comfort, technology and active safety. The base Edge with its 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder stacks up well against most competitors and offers a generous set of standard features.
It's competitive with most midsize SUVs in warranty coverage, and it offers longer roadside assistance than some other vehicles. Perceived build quality, though, could be better. Our Titanium AWD test vehicle was priced like a luxury brand but didn't look like it inside.
The Edge isn't the sharpest midsize SUV, but the steering is crisp. There's also a confidence in its basic driving dynamics that makes it a whisker more interesting than the average SUV. Given its size, quiet cabin, and sophisticated safety and infotainment tech, the Edge both meets and exceeds expectations for this class. Ultimately, its basic functionality will win people over.
Which Edge does Edmunds recommend?
The base SE model comes fairly well equipped, but we suggest stepping up to the SEL trim. It includes more creature comforts such as power-adjustable front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Ford Edge models
The 2021 Ford Edge is available in five trim levels: SE, SEL, ST-Line, Titanium and the performance-focused ST. All but the ST are powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 275 lb-ft of torque) paired with an eight-speed automatic. Front-wheel drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available as an option. Meanwhile, the Edge ST is powered by a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft) paired with a new seven-speed automatic and standard all-wheel drive. Feature highlights include: