Sedan Substitute: the 2020 Ford Edge
As of July 31, 2020, Ford no longer builds a sedan for the American market. That day saw the final Ford Fusion leave the assembly line, as Ford puts all its eggs in the truck/SUV/CUV basket. This now puts pressure on those vehicles to pull their sales weight. One such vehicle, the Ford Edge, should have no trouble doing just that.
Out since 2006 and redesigned in 2015, the Edge is slotted between the smaller Escape and the larger Explorer and is the oldest current design in the Ford SUV/CUV lineup. But it still fits in well with an attractive exterior, solid engine choices, a spacious interior and a suite of safety and driver-assistance features.
Thanks to its four different trim levels, the Edge can be fitted to be near-luxury or set up for all-out performance. The SE is your basic Edge, but it’s hardly void of features. It comes standard with 18-inch wheels, rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-speaker sound system, and Sync 3 infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen display and dual USB ports. Safety concerns are met with standard features like a blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and automatic braking.
Move up to the SEL and a few premiums items get added to the mix such as simulated leather as well as power and heated front seats. I would imagine most Edges that leave dealerships are fitted in the SEL trim.
The Titanium, which is how the tester arrived, is for those that want some luxury in their utility vehicle. On the outside, there are larger 19-inch wheels and just enough chrome to give this Edge that extra bling. Inside, it’s quieter thanks to noise-reducing front windows. There is also real leather, ambient cabin lighting and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
And if you’re into performance, the new for 2020 Edge ST is the one to get into. It gets a turbocharged V6 engine (more on that later), a sport-tuned suspension along with steering that is sharper. On the outside, it looks more aggressive with it’s blacked out trim and 20-inch wheels. Inside, it gets sports seats along with slightly different trim. Enthusiasts can opt for the ST Performance brake package, which includes 21-inch wheels, larger front brakes and performance tires.
With the exception of the ST, every Edge is powered by a healthy 2.0 turbocharged engine that makes 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. The ST model gets its own hotter engine – Ford’s Ecoboost twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 rated at 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both engines use an 8-speed automatic transmission. The high-performance STs are equipped with all-wheel drive whereas other Edge models are front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive offered as an option.
Besides the new ST trim level, the 2020 Edge benefits from dual-zone automatic climate control on every trim level. Also, the CD player has been eliminated.
My Edge Titanium came to me in a Star White exterior with an Ebony interior, making it look very elegant. On the road in the Edge delivers an impressive and smooth ride, and for a vehicle weighing in at at well over 2 tons, it is quite nimble. Power from the turbo-four is plenty, and driving it in Sport mode gives it some extra attitude.
The Edge is one of those vehicles that don’t have one trait that stands out; instead, it does well on all fronts. It looks good, is spacious, and drives well. As we see the end of the Ford sedan, I see the Edge as a great alternative to the now extinct Fusion.
— Christopher A. Randazzo
By The Numbers:
2020 Ford Edge Titanium FWD
Base Price: $38,100.00
Price as Tested: $45,685.00
Layout: front-engine / front-wheel drive
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Transmission: 8 – speed automatic
Horsepower: 250 hp
Torque: 275 ft-lbs
EPA Fuel Economy: 21 city / 29 highway
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