2019 Ford Edge: Ford’s Smartest SUV Ever
Its ST counterpart is getting lots of attention, but the updated 2019 Edge, with its sexy styling & extra power, deserves its own spotlight.
Ford just dropped the all-new Edge ST on the world, marking its territory in the performance SUV arena. And naturally, the 2.7-liter Ecoboost powered, hi-po model got all the press. As it should. But that exciting development overshadowed the fact that we’re also getting a highly updated 2019 Ford Edge for the non-performance crowd, too. And that’s a shame, because this shiny new ‘ute looks tremendous, no matter how you slice it.
Ford calls the 2019 Ford Edge its “smartest SUV ever.” And judging by the tech that comes with it, we can’t argue with that bold statement. For starters, all new Edge models come equipped with more driver-assist technology than any other mid-size SUV on the market. And it’s a long list.
How about Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, BLIS with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping Alert, Lane-Keeping Assist, Auto High Beams, and Hill-Start Assist. Standard safety features include AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, plus 911 Assist.
And that’s not all, as the 2019 Ford Edge also comes with three first-in-segment features. Post-Collision Braking automatically applies moderate brake pressure when the system detects a collision, which helps reduce the potential of a second collision.
Evasive Steering Assist uses radar and a camera to detect potential obstacles and helps drivers maneuver around them to avoid a collision. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering keeps the Edge centered in its lane and maintains a safe distance from the vehicles ahead automatically.
Ford calls the 2019 Ford Edge its ‘smartest SUV ever.’ And judging by the tech that comes with it, we can’t argue with that bold statement.
The retuned 2.0-liter Ecoboost gains five horsepower over last year to reach 250, though torque remains unchanged at 275 lb-ft. It’s connected to a new 8-speed automatic transmission, and features standard auto stop/start technology. Fuel economy numbers for the new Edge haven’t been finalized yet, but Ford says they will be better than the outgoing model.
The most obvious changes, of course, relate to styling. The 2019 Ford Edge sports an all-new fascia, hood, and grille. The Blue Oval says this look is “the new face” of Ford SUVs. So expect to see it trickle down (and up) in the future. It’s an attractive, more aggressive look for the mid-sizer, so that’s certainly not a bad thing.
LED lighting is now standard up front and newly styled out back, and the headlamps are dual function. LED fog lights and “signature lighting” are optional. The liftgate design is new, as are the dual exhaust openings below. Wrapping up exterior changes are four different wheel designs and four new color options.
Ford didn’t ignore the interior of the new Edge, either. A redesigned center console holds a new, nifty rotary gear shift dial. A wireless charging pad is now optional, as is a 12-speaker B&O Play premium audio system.
Sure to please the connected crowd is the new Ford+ app, which features Amazon Alexa compatibility. And with built in FordPass Connect and Wi-Fi hotspot (for an additional fee), it’s easier than ever to reorder your dog’s favorite treats on the go.
Overall, the 2019 Ford Edge is a good looking, smartly engineered package with segment-leading safety technology and connectivity options. What’s not to like? With America currently stricken by crossover fever, we’re guessing the new Edge will sell like hotcakes. Even if only a select few (cough…us) opt for the hot ST!