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2018 Ford Edge

$29,315 - $40,770
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Ford Edge

2018 Ford Edge Review: Crying Out For A Facelift

by Roger Biermann

Having already been around for over a decade, the Ford Edge is bearing the test of time; but, it isn't doing much to stand out. The standard 2.0-liter turbo inline-four engine delivers a barely adequate 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, begging you to upgrade to the optional V6, while the interior is falling behind the feature-packed offerings of rivals. Despite the lack of any fancy modern-day tricks that many manufacturers employ to increase utility, the Edge is a spacious midsize crossover. With an attractive price of just $29,315, it's also one of the cheapest ways to get behind the wheel of a dynamically talented SUV. But many midsize SUV rivals like the Mazda CX9 are offering a more featureful experience and many without sacrificing on enjoyment, performance, or without being too expensive - which makes the aging Edge a hard sell. Unless the upcoming facelift in 2019 makes some serious changes, the crossover may find itself a bit too minimalist for modern buyers.

2018 Ford Edge Changes: What’s the difference vs 2017 Edge?

The Ford Edge enters 2018 mechanically unchanged from the previous year. New to the SEL is the Sport Appearance package, which offers new styling options to the lower-tier trim, such as 19-inch alloy wheels, and Magnetic-accented wheels, grille, mirror caps, and a rear spoiler. The SEL, Titanium, and Sport trims each get access to the Safe and Smart Package.

Pros and Cons

  • Multiple engine and drivetrain options
  • Handles well for its size, especially in Sport guise
  • Good ride quality for the segment
  • Decent EPA-rated fuel economy
  • Excellent cargo and passenger capacity
  • Base engine is rather weak
  • Poorly equipped without add-ons
  • Subpar seat comfort

Edge Exterior

The standard-model Edge rides on 18-inch alloy wheels equipped with all-season tires, while 19 or 20-inch variants are available on the upper trims. Automatic headlights are standard with LED headlights presented from the SEL up. The liftgate is manual by default, with a hands-free trunk installed on the Titanium and Sport trims. The Sport also gets unique body cladding and exhaust tips, along with Sport-styled headlights, grille, and lower front and rear fascias.

2018 Ford Edge Front View
2018 Ford Edge Front View
2018 Ford Edge Front View
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Dimensions

The SUV stands 68.6 inches tall, with a length of 188.1 inches, a wheelbase of 112.2 inches, and a width (excluding mirrors) of 75.9 inches. The starting weight for the front-wheel-drive models is 3,927 lbs, while the all-wheel-drive variants start at 4,081 lbs. The cargo aperture has a height of 31.3 inches and a width of 46.4 inches at floor level, with a lift-over height of 29.7 inches.

Exterior Colors

Ten color choices make up the body palette for the Ford Edge. Non-metallic options comprise Oxford White, Shadow Black, Magnetic, White Gold, Ingot Silver, Blue, and Lightning Blue. The Metallic trifecta includes Ruby Red Tinted Clearcoat, White Platinum Tricoat, and Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat. Magnetic metallic-painted alloy wheels, grille surround, mirror caps, rear spoiler and front and rear skid plates are available with the SEL Sport Appearance Package.

  • Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • Ruby Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat
  • White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat
  • Blue Metallic
  • Magnetic Metallic
  • White Gold Metallic
  • Shadow Black
  • Lightning Blue Metallic
  • Ingot Silver Metallic
  • Oxford White

Edge Performance

Don't expect the base engine on the Edge to wow you. While it provides enough power to move the midsize SUV, the 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder just doesn't seem well-suited to the task. Once you move to the 3.5-liter V6, however, you start to see results. With 280 hp and 250 lb-ft at its disposal, this engine helps the Ford feel a bit more nimble, despite its size. While a bit lackluster in terms of low-end torque, it does provide better all-round performance, and unless you are willing to upgrade all the way to the top-tier Sport trim, you can only dream of the twin-turbo V6. Still, the 3.5-liter V6 offers enough power to merge or pass on the highway once you get up to speed, although it can be a bit slow at intersections. Despite an offering of three engines, the Edge isn't well-equipped to tow, with a maximum capacity of only 3,500 lbs. Still, this is on par with several leading rivals like the Hyundai Sante Fe and Mazda CX9.

2018 Ford Edge Front View Driving
2018 Ford Edge Rear View
2018 Ford Edge 2.0L I4 Turbocharge Engine

Engine and Transmission

Three engines are offered on the Ford Edge. Equipped as standard on the SE, SEL, and Titanium is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that delivers 245 hp and 275 lb-ft to the front wheels, with all-wheel-drive available on the SEL and Titanium. Despite this engine coming standard, it does a poor job of moving the large vehicle with any degree of haste, with a 0 to 60 mph time of around eight seconds. It provides decent torque, but this quickly falls off and the overall power leaves much to be desired. If possible, you should avoid this basic engine.

Also available to the SEL and Titanium is a more potent 3.5-liter V6, which directs 280 hp and 250 lb-ft to the same drivetrain options. This engine is far more capable than the basic engine, despite its disappointing low-end torque figures. It delivers better all-round power and helps to accelerate when already traveling at higher speeds.

The 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 is exclusive to the top-tier Sport trim, and it packs quite a punch with its 315 hp and 350 lb-ft. It doesn't hurt that it sounds as good as it feels, not quite as throaty as a classic V8, but close enough. The low-end torque on this beast is impressive and will get you moving from intersections with little delay. Only all-wheel-drive is available with this engine.

Regardless of the engine or drivetrain you choose, a six-speed automatic transmission rows the gears on every Edge model. While it may lack the higher gear ratios that some rivals provide, the Ford's gearbox is precise and smooth.

  • Engines
    2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
  • Transmission
    6-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, FWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Questionable acceleration aside, the Edge handles well enough for a larger vehicle. As is quite common in mainstream SUVs, the steering isn't very talkative, but it is surprisingly responsive, especially with the adaptive steering equipped to higher trims, offering a fair degree of resistance as you lean into each turn. As for the brakes - they don't disappoint, offering a stopping distance of 119 ft from 60 mph.

The suspension is a bit on the firmer side, but it is independent of the chassis, making for a pretty comfortable ride even over larger road imperfections without completely disregarding road feel. This changes with the top-tier Sport trim, however, especially with its large 20-inch wheels. Bumps and potholes can cause some serious discomfort in the cabin thanks to the sport-tuned suspension. On the plus side, it does provide better overall handling characteristics.

The comfortable seats and generally good ride quality make for an overall pleasant drive, even over long distances. The rear seats are naturally less pleasant than the front, but not so much so that they become unbearable. Noise is quite well-managed thanks to good cabin insulation.

Edge Gas Mileage

The SUV's fuel economy is quite decent for the segment, with the standard 2.0-liter engine getting an EPA-estimated 20/29/24 mpg over the city/highway/combined cycles in the car's front-wheel-drive guise. The all-wheel-drive variant gets 20/27/23 mpg. The 3.5-liter V6 is quite a bit thirstier, getting 17/26/20 mpg and 17/23/19 mpg in front and all-wheel-drive layouts, respectively. The Edge Sport, with its 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6, manages around 17/24/20 mpg. Overall, this is still slightly better than the Hyundai Sante Fe, which achieves 17/23/20 mpg when equipped with its 290 hp 3.3-liter engine in Ultimate trim. In its most efficient configuration, with the 18.3-gallon fuel tank available to front-wheel-drive models, the Edge can cover up to 439 miles between refuels.

  • Fuel Tank Capacity
    18.0 Gallons
  • Fuel Economy
    City/Hwy: 21/29 mpg
* 2018 Ford Edge SE FWD

Edge Interior

The Edge is not a luxury vehicle, and it doesn't pretend to be. There is plenty of space inside for up to four adults, although there is space for five passengers, and the seats are comfortable even over the long haul, with heated seats offered up front on the higher trims or as an optional add-on. The interior is modestly styled but well-built. It is also spacious and comfortable, favoring function over form. While there aren't many features to speak of, the controls for what is present are well laid out, and the soft-touch surfaces around the dash make for pleasant interactions. The infotainment is nothing special, but it performs well, and the inclusion of standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is refreshing.

2018 Ford Edge Dashboard
2018 Ford Edge Driver Seat
2018 Ford Edge Front Seats
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Seating and Interior Space

The seating appointments provide room for up to five passengers, although it is recommended that you limit the rear seat to only two full-size adults. The front seats come standard with manual adjustability, with power options added to higher trim levels. With this, finding an optimum driving position is not difficult, and outward visibility is good, even when checking blind spots. The rear seats are spacious but less comfortable than the front. They can also be folded down to increase cargo space. Entering and exiting the vehicle is not too difficult, but the high step-in can be a bit annoying.

  • Seating capacity
    5-seater

Interior Colors and Materials

Cloth upholstery comes standard on the base SE in either Dune or Ebony, with upgraded cloth coming standard in the SEL in the same color choices. Leather is available in the SEL also in Dune or Ebony, while Maya Gray cloth with Umber-colored Miko inserts is offered with the Sport Appearance Package. The same optional leather comes standard on the Titanium, with available perforated leather in Dune, Ebony, or Cognac. Perforated leather with Miko inserts in Ebony is standard on the Sport model.

Edge Trunk and Cargo Space

Excellent cargo capacity is one of the Edge's greatest strengths, with 39.2 cubic feet provided behind the rear seats. This is enough to easily accommodate the luggage of four adults, who can easily be seated in the spacious cabin as well. It is also more than enough room for daily errands or even heavier-duty requirements. And, if you need more room for large cargo or unwieldy items, the rear seats can be folded down in a 60/40 split to open up a total area of 73.4 cubic feet. This is on par with leading rivals like the Hyundai Sante Fe and Mazda CX-9, which provide 40.9 cubic feet and 38.2 cubic feet, respectively.

As for small-item storage, the Edge has you covered with two large covered bins and a deep armrest compartment. Multiple cup holders and spacious door pockets provide space for smaller items or water bottles.

2018 Ford Edge Maximum Cargo Space
2018 Ford Edge Luggage Space
2018 Ford Edge Luggage Space

Edge Infotainment and Features

Features

Standard equipment comprises power windows and door locks, basic air conditioning, cruise control, four 12-volt power outlets, a rearview camera, MyKey technology, keyless entry and ignition, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, 60/40 split fold-down rear seats, and a cargo net and tie-down hooks. The higher trim levels add a 10-way power driver's seat with memory, a six-way power passenger seat, heated front seats, power-folding rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, rear parking sensors, dual-zone climate control, and a power tilt-and-telescoping steering column. Available features include heated rear seats, a 110-volt power outlet, remote start, parking assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and rain-sense wipers.

Infotainment

Equipped as standard on the base-level model is a 4.2-inch Sync infotainment suite with Applink and a single USB port. The six-speaker standard sound system supports AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback. An upgraded Sync 3 suite is added to the higher trims, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, an extra USB port, and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD Radio. Available features include voice-activated navigation and SiriusXM Traffic.

Edge Problems and Reliability

J.D.Power awarded the SUV a reliability score of 78 out of 100, well below segment front-runners. Three recalls were issued in 2018: one for incorrect length of door striker bolts, one for loose alternator and starter cables, and one for faulty torque converters. A 60,000-mile/60-month drive warranty is offered with a new purchase, along with a 36,000-mile/36-month limited warranty and roadside assistance for 60,000 miles/60 months.

Edge Safety

The NHTSA scores the Edge at five stars for safety, while the IIHS gives the vehicle an overall rating of Good, with only small overlap for the front driver side receiving a lower score of Acceptable.

Key Safety Features

Only the most basic of safety features come standard on the Ford Edge. This suite comprises ABS brakes, AdvanceTrac with RSC and Curve Control, post-crash alert, a rearview camera, and eight airbags: front, front knee, front side and side curtain. Available advanced safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, rear parking sensors, automatic emergency braking, parking assist, lane-keeping assist, rain-sense wipers, and automatic high beams.

Verdict: Is the 2018 Ford Edge a good SUV?

The Ford Edge is certainly worthy of consideration. While not perfect by any stretch of the imagination, the SUV has several areas where it excels. Cargo space is one of its greatest strengths, with few rivals matching the impressive 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats. This area increases to 73.4 cubic feet if you fold down the rear seats, which are quite spacious themselves. Unfortunately, all that space doesn't really make up for the fact that their comfort is subpar. The front seats are far more impressive, thankfully.

The infotainment suite might be basic, but the upgraded Sync 3 system comes standard with smartphone integration, and you can opt for a better sound system, too. Unfortunately, safety features are sorely lacking - unless you spring for packages than include many of the features that certain rivals offer as standard, such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

Still, for the affordable starting price of $29,315, the Edge is relatively well-equipped. But, by the time you finish adding the features you really want to be included, you may find yourself paying the same as you would for rivals that offer the same as standard. And since they were designed to have those features, they often incorporate them better. With the Edge expecting a facelift in 2019, it may be wiser to wait and see what Ford does, or possibly jump ship to a rival that does it better.

What's the Price of the 2018 Ford Edge?

The base-level SE trim starts at $29,315 MSRP. The SEL will cost you $32,050, while the Titanium will set you back $36,025. Adding four-wheel-drive to any of these models will put an additional $1,995 on your quote. Getting behind the wheel of the top-tier Sport trim will cost you $40,770. These prices exclude tax, registration, licensing, and Ford's $995 destination charge.

2018 Ford Edge Models

There are four Ford Edge trim levels on offer: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. A 2.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine comes standard on the SE, SEL, and Titanium, delivering 245 hp and 275 lb-ft to the front wheels. An optional 3.5-liter V6 engine is available to the SEL and Titanium models, producing 280 hp and 250 lb-ft for the front wheels, with available four-wheel drive. Exclusive to the Sport trim is the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine, churning out an impressive 315 hp and 350 lb-ft with standard all-wheel-drive. All three engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The SE is sparsely equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, a manual liftgate, automatic headlights, a 4.2-inch Sync infotainment display, keyless entry and ignition, and a six-speaker sound system with AM/FM/CD/MP3 playback. LED headlights are added to the SEL, along with dual-zone climate control, a 10-way power driver's seat, rear parking sensors, and a keyless entry pad.

The Titanium enhances the aesthetics with 19-inch alloy wheels, while a hands-free liftgate, an eight-inch Sync 3 infotainment display, driver-seat memory, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a perimeter alarm are added as standard features. Focusing on performance, the Sport model gets 20-inch alloy wheels, unique exterior fascias, alloy pedals, and a sport-tuned suspension.

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
SE
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$29,315
SEL
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$32,050
Titanium
2.0-liter Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
All-Wheel Drive
$36,025
Sport
2.7-liter Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
6-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
$40,770
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Additional Packages

As the standard models in the Ford Edge range come equipped with only the most basic of features, it wouldn't hurt to consider some of the optional packages. Some of the more noteworthy packages include the Ford Safe and Smart Package, available to the SEL, Titanium, and Sport trims, which comprises adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, an auto-dimming driver-side mirror, automatic high beams, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and rain-sense wipers. The Technology Package, for the Titanium and Sport trims, adds voice-activated navigation, SiriusXM Traffic, remote engine start, and a 110-volt power outlet. Each model also offers various Equipment Packages to help bring them in line with some of the features available to more expensive trim levels.

What Ford Edge Model Should I Buy?

Specced correctly, the SEL should suit all your crossover SUV needs. It offers excellent space, both for passengers and cargo, and with the correct packages, it comes with enough features to keep you comfortable and safe. It may cost a little more, but we suggest springing for the stronger V6 engine, as the base four-cylinder isn't quite strong enough to make the SUV feel nimble on the road. At a starting price of $32,050, this trim seems like the best deal.

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2018 Ford Edge vs Ford Escape

The Escape is smaller than the Ford Edge, making it nimbler and less expensive. But, it is a less accomplished cruiser and lacks the impressive spaciousness and cargo capacity of its big brother. It suffers from a similarly underpowered base 2.5-liter engine with only 168 hp and 170 lb-ft on hand, and opting for the stronger 2.0-liter turbo engine on the upper trims will cost you a lot more on fuel, although the Escape relies on regular unleaded compared to the Edge's premium requirements. Most of the features available to the upper-tier Edge trims are also present in the Escape's versions, so it ultimately comes down to your specific requirements. The Escape is smaller and more agile with better handling, but the Edge is larger and somewhat more luxurious.

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2018 Ford Edge vs Honda CR-V

Much like the Ford Escape, the CR-V is not a direct competitor to the Edge, but it is a pack leader in its own segment and can fill the larger SUV's role without too much difficulty. Despite its smaller size, the Honda offers comparable cargo capacity and makes only minor sacrifices in rear-passenger headroom. Neither of the two engines available to the Honda CR-V exceeds 200 hp and 200 lb-ft, but the subcompact's smaller dimensions and curb weight mean that it doesn't need as much power to maneuver on the road with agility. These smaller engines are also significantly more fuel-efficient than the Edge's, and the Honda is cheaper too. Overall, the CR-V is a better long term investment, and with a little extra capital outlay, you can get almost everything the Edge has to offer.

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