2020 Ford Edge

2020 Ford Edge Review: A Brilliant All-Rounder

by Aiden Eksteen

Popularity for the midsize crossover SUV has escalated rapidly in the US; by combining passenger comfort, daily practicality, and impressive performance, the crossover is simply a brilliant all-rounder, and the 2020 Ford Edge proves to be all of that and even a little more. Coming standard with an impressive compendium of features, a decent infotainment system with full smartphone integration, and a commodious cabin that's quiet even at highway speeds, the five-seater Edge is a more than fitting option for the average American family. However, with its uninspiring drive, low-grade cabin materials, and dated appearance, rivals such as the Honda Passport, Mazda CX-9, and Toyota Highlander remain strong alternatives. There are three models within the Edge lineup, and all are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with peak outputs of 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque driven to either a front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive system via a default eight-speed automatic gearbox.

2020 Ford Edge Changes: What’s the difference vs 2019 Edge?

The 2020 Ford Edge remains predominantly unaltered for the 2020 model year having undergone a mid-cycle refresh for 2019. All three models now come standard with an eight-inch SYNC 3 infotainment touchscreen, dual-zone automatic climate control, a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat, and a reverse sensing system. A new Elite Package is available for the Titanium model which enhances the Edge with a selection of cosmetic upgrades. There are also six new exterior colors available for the Edge, including Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic, and Star White Metallic tri-coat. Baltic Sea Green, Stoney gray, and White Gold have all been discontinued for the 2020 model year. The CD player has also been removed.

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful yet fuel-efficient engine
  • Commodious and quiet cabin
  • Well-equipped with features
  • Plush, well-cushioned seats
  • Plenty of cargo capacity
  • Clumsy handling dynamics
  • Many inferior cabin materials
  • Beginning to feel outdated
  • Hampered outward visibility
  • Mediocre ride quality

Edge Exterior

The Edge looks like the typical modern-day SUV, every model is fitted with a large chrome grille that's flanked by bi-LED low and high beam automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights are also standard on all models, but only the SEL and Titanium feature LED fog lights. Black plastic lower front fascia and rocker-panel cladding add some ruggedness and off-road protection while silver roof rack side rails on the upper trims hint at its utility. Both the SE and the SEL are equipped with 18-inch aluminum wheels varying in style, with 19-inch Luster Nickel-painted aluminum wheels standard on the Titanium.

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Dimensions

The Ford Edge is on the smaller side of the spectrum when compared with other midsize SUVs - alongside the Mazda CX-9, the Edge measures 10.6 inches shorter at 188.8 inches in overall length, less than an inch shorter in stature with a height of 68.3 inches, and 1.6 inches narrower with a width of 75.9 inches excluding mirrors. Its 112.2-inch wheelbase is 3.1 inches shorter than the CX-9's, and the Edge rides closer to the ground with eight inches of clearance. With curb weights ranging from 3,958 lbs with the FWD SE to 4,122 lbs with the AWD Titanium, the Edge is around 250 pounds lighter than the CX-9, too.

Exterior Colors

There's a decent array of exterior colors available for all models of the Edge; though Baltic Sea Green, Stoney Gray, and White Gold have all been discontinued, many more have been introduced - Rapid Red Metallic, Star White Metallic tri-coat, Dark Persian Green, Desert Gold, Iconic Silver, and Atlas Blue are new for 2020, the latter three of which are available for all models. There are only six hues available for the LE, though, with Agate Black, Magnetic, and Oxford White added to the available choices. There are three additional-cost options available for the SEL and Titanium models, namely Burgundy Velvet and Rapid Red, which will cost an extra $393, while Star White requires an extra $595. The Magnetic and the Burgundy Velvet are great options: while the former plays to the Edge's ruggedness, the latter adds an urban flair.

  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Dark Persian Green Metallic
  • Desert Gold Metallic
  • Atlas Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • Agate Black
  • Iconic Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White

Edge Performance

Though its responses are somewhat subdued, the Edge's 2.0-liter turbo-four engine is certainly still competent enough for motoring the midsize SUV around - with 250 hp and a robust 275 lb-ft of torque at hand, the FWD-equipped Edge runs from 0-60 mph in a respectable time of the mid-seven-second region. The AWD-equipped models are a little faster off-the-line, reaching the 60 mph mark from a standstill in around 6.8 seconds. The AWD Mazda CX-9 is a little slower, completing the run in a casual 7.1 seconds, although the Chevrolet Blazer proves a little faster, with a 0-60 mph time in the early six-second range. If something a little livelier is desired, then consider the performance-oriented Ford Edge ST, which is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a time slightly quicker than 5.6 seconds (reviewed separately).

Every Edge model comes equipped with a FWD system as standard with an optional AWD system available, but this is typically the case for vehicles within the class. Like many other crossover SUV's, the Ford Edge, when appropriately equipped, has a maximum towing capability of 3,500 lbs, which is on par with rivals.

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Engine and Transmission

With relatively impressive outputs of 250 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque, the Edge's 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine makes for decent acceleration off-the-line, though potency tapers off rather quickly when pushing on to higher speeds. The engine's responses feel noticeably dampened and overtaking on the highway could certainly be better, but if you leave the Edge to do its thing in the city you'll be pleasantly surprised with the amount of power available. The eight-speed automatic gearbox equipped as standard is good but has its flaws too; it's reasonably accurate and smooth but can sometimes be excessively eager to chop and change gears, subsequently falling out of line with the engine's powerband. Ultimately, the powertrain is optimized for efficiency rather than straight-line performance, which is well-suited to the Edge's natural habitat in the urban environment.

  • Engine
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmission
    8-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

The Ford Edge isn't nearly as poised on its wheels as rivals like the Mazda CX-9 are, often feeling clumsy compared to more dynamically talented alternatives. Its steering isn't particularly communicative, which limits driver-confidence a bit, but responses to inputs are accurate and it is well-weighted which lends a sense of confidence at any speed. The chassis provides reassuring levels of stability even when thrown through corners with some fervor, and body roll is mitigated adequately even around sharp bends. The brakes provide ample stopping power for the hefty Edge and the pedal is easy to modulate in everyday driving.

In terms of comfort in general, the Edge's well-insulated cabin is its most significant highlight as no engine or road noises permeate, which, along with the Edge's super comfortable seating and abundance of creature comforts, makes the Edge's cabin a very pleasant place to over long stints behind the wheel. The Edge's chassis and suspension are tuned a little on the firm side, but still deliver a plush and sophisticated ride quality. Most road imperfections and undulations are suitably absorbed, though expansive patches of broken road do cause it to feel a little bouncy. The Edge delivers a nicely balanced ride; its handling is nothing impressive, but it is competent, and its ride quality is suitable enough for going on long-distance journeys or just for everyday use.

Edge Gas Mileage

Ford fitted the Edge with its efficiency-minded EcoBoost mill, and the FWD Edge when driven sparingly, returns gas mileage estimates of 21/29/24 mpg city/highway/combined, which is relatively average for the class, with the FWD Mazda CX-9 returning 22/28/24 mpg and the FWD Toyota Highlander returning 21/29/24 mpg. The AWD Edge is only a little less fuel-efficient on the highway, returning 21/28/23 mpg. Equipped with an 18.4-gallon gas tank on FWD models, or an 18.5-gallon gas tank in the AWD models, the Edge is capable of traveling for up to 441 miles on a single tank of premium gas, although regular is acceptable if premium is unavailable.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.4 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/29 mpg
* 2020 Ford Edge SE FWD

Edge Interior

Unfortunately, while very commodious and ergonomic, the Edge's interior is a little dated and mostly formulated of low-grade materials, while overall build quality seems a little subpar as well. The eight-inch infotainment touchscreen does make for a contemporary centerpiece, and the lack of infotainment buttons keeps the dashboard appealingly clean and simple, but the controls, which are located on the multi-function steering wheel, do feel a little cluttered and flimsy to the touch. The steering wheel and armrests otherwise feel good, though build quality, in general, could be improved with some fittings and fixtures feeling a little flimsy. Overall cabin room is abundant and the seats are comfortable - a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat is standard across the lineup, and front passenger seat power-adjustability increases with every consecutive model thereafter.

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Seating and Interior Space

Though there is seating for up to five occupants, only four adults will fit into the Edge comfortably, the rear seat can be quite squashed for three adults, and would be better reserved for a combination of adults and teens. With a tilt and telescoping steering column and ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat standard in every Edge model, it's a breeze for drivers of any physique to find an optimal driving position. Furthermore, the seats throughout the cabin are incredibly comfortable, they're well-cushioned, appropriately supportive, and both the front seats feature extensive adjustability. The 60/40 split-folding rear seats even feature a reclining function and include a fold-out center armrest. Outward visibility is hindered by the Edge's thick A and C pillars, but fortunately, a standard-fit rearview camera and reverse parking system help make rearward maneuvers easier.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

The Edge SE is fitted with cloth seating upholstery featured either in Ebony or Dune, while the Edge SEL is upgraded with ActiveX, a synthetic leather material, also hued in either Ebony or Dune. Leather upholstery is standard in the Titanium which can be hued in either Ebony or Ceramic, and perforated leather is optional, as is Elite leather upholstery, hued in Ebony and Brunello combo. The Edge SE features a polyurethane steering wheel and gets a Dark Slate center-stack finish. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard as of the Edge SEL, which also receives a center-stack in a Satin Twilight finish and receives Ano Gray instrument panel appliques. Metal Plated cabin accents are standard in the Titanium, along with exclusive ambient interior lighting.

Edge Trunk and Cargo Space

The Ford Edge, being a two-row crossover SUV, subsequently benefits from an abundance of cargo room with 39.2 cubic feet of usable space behind the rear seats. The Honda Passport offers an impressive 50.5 cubes behind the second-row seats and an expansive maximum capacity of 100.7 cubes, dwarfing the Edge's 73.4 cu-ft with its 60/40 split-folding rear seats folded down. The Edge's 39.2-cu-ft cargo area will carry a six-sleeper tent, four light travel bags, and maybe even a small cooler box.

There are numerous in-cabin storage solutions too, with large door side pockets with bottle slots featured on every door, a sizeable storage tray on the upper dash, a small sealable center console cubby flanked by dual cupholders, and a cavernous armrest console comprising a storage tray. The passenger-side glove box compartment is sizeable, in the rear cabin are seatback map pockets on both front seats, a small-items compartment in the center console, and two cupholders within the center seat backrest.

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Edge Infotainment and Features

Features

For 2020, the Edge lineup is relatively feature-packed as standard. In the Edge SE, there's Intelligent Access with push-button start, a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats with a reclining function, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a day/night rearview mirror. The SEL is enhanced with a leather-wrapped steering wheel, two driver-configurable 4.2-inch LCD driver-information displays, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. Upgrading to the Titanium sees a remote start system, a heated steering wheel, driver's seat memory system, ten-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat in leather, a universal garage door opener, ambient LED cabin lighting, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. Every model comes outfitted with Ford's Co-Pilot360 Technology suite of driver-assists, which comprises auto high-beam LED headlights, an integrated rearview camera, a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a lane keep assist system, a reverse sensing system, a pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warning. Hill-start assist and cruise control are also standard in every model.

Infotainment

If there's one area where the Ford Edge comes out tops in comparison with rivals, it's in its standard infotainment setup. Every model comes fitted with an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with an integrated AM/FM stereo. A stock six-speaker audio system is standard in the SE, with a premium nine-speaker sound system in the SEL. The Titanium is fitted with a premium 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system as standard, which is also optional for the SEL. All models are installed with Ford's Sync 3 infotainment software, which includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality, FordPass Connect with 4G LE Wi-Fi hotspot capability, and SiriusXM satellite radio. There are two USB charge ports and a single auxiliary input jack upfront, four 12-volt power outlets throughout, and - in the Titanium only - a wireless charging pad and a single 110-volt AC power outlet. A voice-activated navigation system is available for the SEL and Titanium.

Edge Problems and Reliability

There have been no recalls sent out for the current year model of the Ford Edge, with the last Ford Edge-related recall applicable to the 2019 models. That single recall pertained to the Edge's seat belt webbing which would potentially detach from the seatbelt anchor in the event of a crash. J.D. Power availed the 2020 Ford edge with a quality and reliability rating of 74 out of 100, which is about average for the class. Ford covers the Edge with a typical three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Edge Safety

The NHTSA has evaluated both the FWD and AWD versions of the 2020 Ford Edge, with both earning excellent overall safety ratings of five stars out of five. The IIHS awarded the Ford Edge a Top Safety Pick title for 2019, with the 2020 model having scored top results of Good for all six of the IIHS's specified crash tests, but the award is dependant on the upgraded headlights being equipped.

Key Safety Features

Along with a consignment of eight standard airbags including dual front knee airbags, there's also hill-start assist, and cruise control, every Edge comes standard with Ford's CoPilot360 Technology, a suite of driver-assist features including bi-LED high-beam automatic headlights, an integrated rearview camera, a blind-spot information system with cross-traffic alert, a lane-keep assist system, a reverse sensing system, and pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and forward-collision warning. An evasive steering system and adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go are available for the SEL and Titanium, and an enhanced active park assist system and a front 180-degree camera are available for the Titanium only.

Verdict: Is the 2020 Ford Edge a good SUV?

More than anything, the 2020 Ford Edge offers immense value for money. With a relatively well-equipped base model and a top-spec model that could show up some high-end luxury vehicles in terms of standard-fit features, owners of the Edge will certainly be pleased with where their money has gone. The infotainment system is contemporary and one of the most intuitive and user-friendly systems available, and comes standard with full smartphone integration. The standard features list include a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat and dual-zone automatic climate control as standard in even the base model. Furthermore, Ford's Co-Pilot360 Technology suite of driver-assist features comes standard in every model too. It may not be the most enjoyable crossover SUV to drive or the most comfortable, but it is nicely balanced, reasonably fuel-efficient, and one of the safest. The only flaws that hold the Edge back as a top contender are its dated cabin and many low-grade materials, limited cargo room, and unenthusiastic handling dynamics, but beyond those, it's a modern and highly practical everyday commuter ideal for the average American family.

What's the Price of the 2020 Ford Edge?

The Ford Edge is a relatively affordable crossover SUV offering plenty of value for the money. The base-spec model, the Edge SE, has an MSRP of $31,100, the mid-spec Edge SEL is given an MSRP of $34,335, and the top-spec model, the Titanium, has a sticker price of $38,100. Those are all excluding Ford's $1,095 destination and handling charge, $645 acquisition fee, as well as any tax, registration, and licensing fees. The Intelligent AWD system upgrade will cost an additional $1,995 for all models.

2020 Ford Edge Models

There are three models within the Edge lineup, all of which are equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot engine that's coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. FWD is standard across the lineup with AWD available for all.

The SE comes equipped with all-LED exterior lighting and with 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted alloy wheels as standard. The base model's standard features list includes keyless access with push-button start, a manual tilt/telescoping steering column, a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat, 60/40 split-folding rear seats with a reclining function, dual-zone automatic climate control, hill-start assist, cruise control, and a day/night rearview mirror. It also comes installed with Ford's Co-Pilot360 Technology suite. There's an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with SYNC 3 and full Android Auto/Apple CarPlay capabilities tethered to a stock six-speaker sound system.

Moving up to the SEL adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, two driver-configurable 4.2-inch LCD displays, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. The infotainment system is upgraded with a nine-speaker audio system and the seats are upholstered in ActiveX leatherette upholstery.

Upgrading to the Titanium sees a remote start system, a heated steering wheel, driver's memory system, ten-way power-adjustable front passenger's seat, universal garage door opener, ambient LED cabin lighting, and a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate. A premium 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen surround-sound audio system is standard in the Titanium along with leather seating surfaces.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$31,100
SEL
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$34,355
Titanium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
8-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$38,100
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Additional Packages

There's a relatively expansive selection of options available for all of the Edge models. For all models, there's a dual-headrest rear-seat entertainment system available for $1,995.

On the SEL, a $935 Convenience Package can be optioned, which installs remote start, a hands-free, foot-activated liftgate, a universal garage door opener, a 100V/150W AC power outlet, and a wireless charging pad. For the SEL and Titanium, there's a $435 Class II Trailer Tow Package which preps both models for a maximum tow capacity of 3,500 lbs. For $795, both can also be optioned with the Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, which installs evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and lane centering, and a voice-activated touchscreen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability, SiriusXM traffic, and travel link. There is also a panoramic vista roof available for $1,595.

Solely available for the Titanium is a $1,595 Elite Package which outfits the Titanium with unique Brunello/Ebony seats and Brunello door inserts with Brick Red stitching, body-color front and rear lower fascia with chrome inserts and side cladding, lower-body color with bright chrome inserts, as well as front and rear floor mats with Brick Red embroidered Edge logos and accent stitching. Additionally, there's a 301A Package that fully-equips the Titanium with all the lineups available features for a further $4,150.

What Ford Edge Model Should I Buy?

As the base model for the lineup, the Ford Edge SE still comes relatively well-equipped with features overall, and because of its relatively low price and high value proposition, it's our recommended model for the current model year. With an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen and Ford's SYNC 3 software installed as standard in the SE, along with a ten-way power-adjustable driver's seat and dual-zone automatic climate control, a lot can still be enjoyed from the base-spec SE without having to miss out on much by not opting for the higher-tier models. We would suggest optioning on the AWD system for the added all-weather advantages, however, if you live in a state that seldom sees inclement weather, you can easily save some money without it.

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2020 Ford Edge vs Ford Escape

If the dated cabin of the Ford Edge is enough to turn you away, then consider the all-new Ford Escape; fully redesigned for the 2020 model year, the Escape is a modernized compact crossover SUV that's around $5,000 cheaper than the Edge. It's equipped with a 181-hp three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which it makes better use of, accelerating faster than the Edge while still remaining more fuel-efficient. Moreover, there's an even more powerful engine available as well as a hybridized powertrain on the top-spec Escape trim. With five available trims and a broad spread of equipment, the Escape offers a greater variety in performance and feature specification levels. Although its a smaller vehicle, the cabin of the Escape is still commodious, and it's a lot more modern than the Edge's, featuring a head-up display as its crowning jewel. Though the Escape may not offer the space that the Edge does either, it is the better all-rounder, with a stronger engine lineup and high levels of specification, all housed in a vastly more contemporary package.

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2020 Ford Edge vs Ford Explorer

If you require seating for more than five, then the three-row midsize Ford Explorer could be your best bet, offering seating for up to seven passengers. The Explorer is nearly $7,000 more than the Edge though and the price increases considerably with the jump up to each trim level - the top-spec Titanium model comes in at $58,250, but the upgrade includes a vastly more modern interior with more space, higher levels of quality, and more equipment. The Explorer does offer a lot more utility than the Edge though; equipped with one of two powerful EcoBoost engines all boasting outputs upwards of 300 hp, a ten-speed automatic gearbox, and standard rear-wheel-drivetrain, the Explorer can tow a maximum of 5,600 lbs. As the more luxurious vehicle, the Explorer also comes outfitted with a host of high-grade features as standard such as tri-zone automatic climate control. All-in-all, deciding between which vehicle to opt for really comes down to personal requirements; if you need passenger space and towing ability, the Explorer is a better option.

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