Ford Edge ST: Rally Sport Soul with Family-oriented Design
Ford Truck Enthusiasts test drives Ford’s first-ever ST-branded SUV, a sleeping titan that is also a surprising gas-sipper.
Performance trucks aren’t exactly new for Ford. The SVT Lightning and F-150 SVT Raptor were the concrete-pounding, adrenaline-spiking marvels that cemented Ford’s Special Vehicle Team into the competitive truck racing scene in the in the early ’90s and 2000s. Ford’s SUVs, on the other hand, have remained economy- and utility-focused over the years. Until now.
We arrive at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, for the Ford “California Drive Event,” and there it is: A brand-spanking new, pearl-colored 2019 Ford Edge ST. “It is the first SUV from the Ford Performance Team, so that is huge,” said Ford Edge marketing manager Angela Cascaden. “It is also the first SUV to come with the full Ford Co-Pilot 360 package as a standard.”
The team also brought the second-tier luxury model, the Edge Titanium, but for now let’s focus on the top dog in the family. The Edge ST has a turbocharged, 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost motor capable of 335 horsepower and a brand new eight-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. Similar to other ST vehicles, it also sports large four-piston brakes, tuned suspension, and a lower center of gravity compared to previous models.
The roomy cabin is adorned with beautifully-stitched, bolstered leather seats. You’ve also got a premium leather-bound steering wheel and a nice, 4.2-inch infotainment system. For the techies out there, the ST’s digital display is integrated with Alexa voice control, but natively supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as well.
Sitting in the driver’s seat feels as luxurious as it looks. All the touchpoints, including the kneepads, door panels, and armrests are masterfully done. Think of a toned down Shelby GT350 interior, but with tactfully-placed ST badges and loads more room.
But all of these aesthetics mean nothing without evaluating the vehicle’s performance. This one is a display model, meant for illustration purposes only. However, this is a drive event and Ford brought us here for some action.
So, just how does the Ford Edge ST hold up on the asphalt? Time to dominate some orange cones.