Perhaps this SUV will be a true enthusiast's car.
Ford raised a lot of eyebrows when it announced the 2019 Edge ST. Of all of the Ford models to deserve a high performance ST variant, the Edge would not have been our first choice and we weren't initially sold on the idea of it. Enthusiasts who usually shop for ST models typically don't want a family crossover, and crossover buyers typically don't care about high performance. Since the initial reveal, Ford has announced more details about the Edge ST to relieve some of our skepticism.
We already knew the Edge ST would be quick, thanks to a 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 with 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. A new eight-speed SelectShift automatic transmission sends power to an AWD system. It may not be Ford's 10-speed automatic found in the Mustang, but the eight-speed does add two gears compared to the previous Edge. The transmission is controlled by a rotating shift knob with an integrated sport mode. Ford has emphasized this isn't just a typical sport mode as found in a non-ST model. The Edge ST features fully manual shift paddles, which even feature rev-matching downshifts. Sport mode engages a louder exhaust mode, too, and changes the tachometer from blue to red.
Rev-matching is typically reserved for sports cars such as the M2, 370Z, and Corvette, so it is nice to see it featured here. Along with the added power and sporty driving characteristics, the handling has been improved with a stiffer suspension, larger vented rear rotors, and an optional performance brake package adding improved friction materials and ventilation for the front rotors. 20-inch wheels come standard, but the performance pack adds 21-inch wheels with summer performance tires. The Edge ST still may not be what enthusiasts are looking for, but Ford has given this SUV some serious performance credibility.