by Sebastian Cenizo
The Ford Edge ST answers the question that didn't need asking. Is a mid-size crossover from Ford Performance worth having? Well, with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque from its 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6, doing the school run is worth looking forward to. Fitted with bucket seats and an impressive list of standard features, the Edge ST may be the perfect one-size-fits-all vehicle for your daily drive, which is also capable of thrilling when the kids are safely dropped off at school. When they are in the car, Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids can help put you at ease. Starting at a base price of over $42,000, there are cheaper ways of getting your kicks, but maybe a performance crossover is a good way to balance your wants and needs.
The Edge ST got a major refresh in 2019, and the 2020 model is therefore largely unchanged. What we do have is a new wheel design and three new paint options: Iconic Silver, Rapid Red, and Star White.
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The Edge ST, as a performance model of an existing offering, gets bigger 20-inch wheels as standard with 21s optional. It also gets various styling upgrades, including a large gloss black hexagonal grille and numerous creases and fake vents. A spoiler is attached to the roof too, while LED headlights and taillights add sharpness to the design. At the back, a dual-exit exhaust frames a faux diffuser.
The Edge ST is a well-proportioned crossover with a length of 188.8 inches and a wheelbase measuring 112.2 inches. The height is measured at 68.3 inches while ground clearance is a reasonable 8.2 inches. Width excluding the mirrors is 75.9 inches. Curb weight starts at 4,525 lbs before options, a considerable increase over the heaviest of the regular Edge models that only tips the scales at 4,122 lbs.
The 2020 Edge ST is available in six colors, with four of them available at no extra charge. These are Agate Black, Magnetic, Ford Performance Blue - a handsome color - and Iconic Silver, one of the new shades for the model year. Also available are two more colors, fresh for 2020, with Rapid Red adding $395 to your bill and Star White, which costs $595. Gloss black wheels are available if you upsize to 21s for $995, but you have to take a package that gives you red calipers and a bunch of other features for a total cost of $5,835.
The ST is a standalone variant of the Edge SUV and is only available in one configuration. A 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 sits under the hood and sends 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque to all four corners via an eight-speed automatic transmission with manual paddle shifters on the steering wheel. To cope with the extra power and make more of a capable vehicle out of the Edge, Ford Performance has upgraded the suspension too, improving handling. No official performance figures are given, but Ford claims a 0-60 time below six seconds while top speed is estimated to be somewhere around 130 mph. For those that intend to use the Edge ST for things other than going fast, the crossover is capable of towing up to 3,500 lbs. Essentially, this is a car designed to be fun and spritely, as well as capable, if not particularly goosebump-inducing. You're never unaware that you're in a taller vehicle and you'll never be completely sucked into the idea that you're in a proper performance car, but this Edge ST is still a lot of fun and will give you thrills that a regular runabout can't.
The Edge ST is more than just a trim package, like the Edge Sport now is. This model gets its own engine - a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 EcoBoost that produces an impressive 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. It's not an engine that's happy to rev, nor is it quick to do so, but it gets the job done and will be more than capable of surprising passengers and unassuming individuals watching the car when you accelerate hard from the line. When it comes to overtaking, getting past slower traffic is far easier than in regular Edge models by a considerable margin, although the gearbox can be annoying by upshifting before the red line. It's an eight-speed automatic that behaves smoothly in its regular D mode, with S mode allowing for more revs. What's frustrating is that even in manual mode, the transmission will change up too soon and respond too slowly when you pull back on a paddle. It's nice to feel the difference between modes, but it would be better if manual control was truly passed to the driver.
The ST is endowed with thicker anti-roll bars and increased spring rates on the suspension for more capable handling in the corners. This helps it to corner better and turn in more sharply than its regular siblings. If you want to really maximize performance, sticky summer tires are available to increase grip, but the standard all-wheel-drive system does a decent job on its own, pulling you out of corners with aplomb. Despite its performance upgrades that reduce body roll and improve handling, the Edge ST is still impressively compliant over bumps and transmits little in the way of intrusion to the cabin, even with the larger optional 21-inch wheels fitted. The steering is appropriately weighted, although it does lack ultimate feel, and turning into a corner accurately is not troublesome in the least, while brake-based torque vectoring helps with improving overall agility and making the ST feel lighter than it is. Braking is similarly impressive, with the pedal never feeling overwhelmed when the pads are forced to bite down suddenly. The Edge ST is therefore much like the other ST products - fun for its purpose, yet good enough and comfortable enough to drive every day.
The Edge ST is the least economical of the Edge family, but it's not an excessive drinker either and doesn't lag too far behind its more practically-minded family members. Official EPA figures are rated at 19/26/21 mpg on the city/highway/combined cycles, while the other AWD models in the range return figures that are two mpg better across the board. With an 18.5-gallon gas tank, mixed driving in the Edge ST should return an average of around 388 miles between fill-ups.
The Edge is guilty of milking its interior design for a little too long, but in the ST, you at least get bucket seats with unique stitching and supportive bolsters, as well as a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system as standard. The driver info display also includes a pair of 4.2-inch configurable LCD screens, and the infotainment system is one of the better ones available, although that is starting to age a little too. Ambient lighting improves the way the cabin feels and is a standard feature along with heating for the front seats. Spend a little extra and you can get heating and ventilation for both rows too. Overall, the list of features makes the cabin a pleasant place to be - it's just a pity that it would only feel modern if we went back in time a few years.
The Edge ST seats five, and the front passengers get supportive buckets that will likely only be a problem for the McDonald's enthusiast. Each of the front chairs gets ten-way power adjustment, with the driver's seat getting memory functions too. Adjusting to the perfect position isn't tricky, and although the center console may be dated, the buttons and knobs make adjustments easy and don't require you to look away from the road. Visibility all-round is good too, helping the driver feel in control and allowing for easy parking. In the back, space will be better occupied by two adults rather than three, but legroom and headroom are sufficient for road trips even if you're on the taller side.
Only one color is available for the Edge ST's interior and it's Ebony. The seats are trimmed in leather with Miko faux suede inserts highlighted by City Silver stitching and ST logos embossed below the headrests. The steering wheel is also wrapped in leather with the same silver stitching while a subtle red ST badge breaks up the colors a little. The trim accents are made up mainly of a lightly polished metal with highlights of gloss black dotted about. The dash on the passenger side also features a fake carbon accent while the rest of the cabin materials are dominated by a mix of hard and soft plastics.
The Edge ST offers an impressive amount of cargo space, with 39.2 cubic feet of volume behind the rear seats, allowing you to bring your dog with on a weekend trip to the lake. If you want to take mountain bikes with you, the rear seats fold in a 60/40 split to provide a maximum of 73.4 cubic feet.
In the cabin, rear passengers get a pair of cupholders in the center armrest along with a tray in the center console where a phone can be stored. The front also gets a pair of cupholders and a large phone storage tray, while the center armrest and glovebox can accommodate excess items. Including the door pockets, eight beverages can be stored in the cabin. No matter where in the Edge ST you are, there's likely a spot to put the contents of your pocket - always ideal in a family car.
As standard, the Edge ST is impressively equipped with a long list of features that includes a pair of 4.2-inch configurable driver-info displays, push-button start, wireless charging, and remote start. You also get ambient lighting, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a hands-free liftgate, and cruise control. Rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, and automatic LED headlights with auto high beams. Safety features include post-collision braking, hill start assist, curve control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Numerous options are available too, including adaptive cruise control with stop and go and evasive steering, park assist with front sensors, a front 180-degree parking camera, adaptive LED headlights, and a panoramic sunroof. You can also get ventilation for the front seats, as well as heating and ventilation for the rear perches too.
The infotainment system in the Edge ST is Ford's versatile SYNC 3 system that sees duty in just about every vehicle they sell anywhere in the world. This includes an eight-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hotspot, aux and Bluetooth input, and on the ST, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system. Optionally available is a voice-activated system that is one of the better vocal control interfaces available. This also comes with navigation as well as SiriusXM Traffic & Travel Link. You can also spec a rear-seat entertainment system with dual screens and DVD compatibility to help keep the kids calm while you race the guy next to you.
The 2020 Ford Edge range as a whole has thus far been free of recalls, although the 2019 model did have an issue for detachable seatbelt webbing.
Included with the sale of an Edge ST is a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty along with a five-year/unlimited mileage corrosion warranty. The powertrain is covered for five years/60,000 miles, and roadside assistance is offered for the same period too.
Both the NHTSA and IIHS have performed safety reviews of the Ford Edge ST. The former awards it a five-star rating, while the latter names it a Top Safety Pick when equipped with the optional adaptive LED headlights.
As standard, the Ford Edge ST SUV is equipped with hill start assist, curve control, post-collision braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, and a rearview camera. Forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking is also included as part of Ford's Co-Pilot360 suite of driver aids. Options include adaptive cruise control with evasive steering, park assist, a 180-degree front parking camera, and adaptive LED headlights.
The 2020 Ford Edge ST goes on sale in the USA as the most expensive model in the lineup, but it still offers a reasonable bargain for what you get. Heated front seats, a user-friendly infotainment system with smartphone integration and a brilliant sound system, ambient lighting, a hands-free liftgate, wireless charging, remote start, and numerous standard safety features. In addition, the cabin is thoughtfully laid out with numerous storage options, while folding the rear seats opens up an impressive amount of volume. You also get a good balance between performance and comfort, with good handling ability balanced by a smooth and comfortable ride. Naturally, some won't be able to look past the dated interior and some of the harder plastics, but as an overall package, the Edge ST is a good family vehicle with the ability to offer fun with ease.
In stock form, the Edge ST carries a price of $43,265, before a $1,245 destination fee, a $645 acquisition fee, and any other taxes or incentives. Fully loaded, you'll pay around $52,000.
The Edge ST is a standalone model from the Ford Performance skunkworks and is more than just a trim level. The model has a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 with 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only one available and it distributes power to all four wheels via a system that can deactivate the rear axle under certain conditions to improve economy. As standard, you get 20-inch wheels, a sport-tuned exhaust system and suspension setup, and an impressive audio system from Bang & Olufsen. Leather and Miko faux suede seats are available only in Ebony, with the front seats heated from the factory. Ford Co-Pilot360 safety features include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and forward collision alert with automatic emergency braking. Options include 21-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control with evasive steering, adaptive LED headlights, and an automatic parking system. Ventilated front seats and heated and ventilated rears are available too.
The Edge ST is pretty well equipped in standard form, but the 401A package can heighten its abilities further, adding voice-activated navigation, active park assist, a 180-degree camera, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights, ventilated front seats, a panoramic sunroof, and forward parking sensors. For all this, you'll pay $4,840. If you'd prefer to have adaptive cruise control and voice-activated navigation only, the package is called Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, and costs $795. A heated steering wheel is also available as part of the Cold Weather package and is priced at $495.
The Edge ST is a standalone model with a single trim level, so we'd carefully consider what options to spec. This is especially true considering how well the vehicle is equipped from standard. Therefore, we'd add little but would certainly consider adding the contents of the 401A package with its adaptive cruise control, adaptive LED headlights, park assist, ventilated front seats with heated rear seats, and navigation. This takes the price of the Edge ST to the dark side of $45,000, but improves safety and convenience, thus making the crossover an even better all-rounder.
Although not a performance model, the Ford Escape is also available as an all-wheel-drive model. Starting at $36,835, it's considerably more affordable than the $43,000 Edge ST. With less outlay comes less output, with the Escape's 2.0-liter turbo four-pot producing just 250 hp versus the Edge ST's 335, and 100 lb-ft less too. Despite this deficit, the Escape is worth considering for its modern interior design and more expansive use of quality materials. It also gets a fully digital driver display. This is a vehicle that has been designed to be more car-like than the Edge, which naturally means less space and less capability, but if you don't need the performance and consequent fuel economy of a 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, the Escape could be a good buy.
The Chevy Blazer is one of the best-looking crossovers on the market, with design cues unashamedly stolen directly from the Camaro. In RS AWD format, it matches the Edge ST closely when it comes to price, with the Chev just $135 pricier. The RS uses a 3.6-liter V6 but no turbocharging, thus producing just 308 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque. Even so, its combined EPA figure is identical to that of the Edge ST at 21 mpg. Yet the Chevy has a larger 21.7-gallon gas tank, so you can go further. It also has a far more modern interior design that feels like it belongs in 2020, while the Edge is clearly approaching a mid-life crisis. It's also useful in terms of cargo space and handles well for what it is. Yet rear headroom is not that great, and the cabin is a little cramped overall compared to that of the Ford, which also offers more cargo space and feels more sporty. We'd have the ST.
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