What is it: The 2019 Edge ST is Ford’s new sporty midsize crossover, gaining the ST badge and the recently introduced 2.7-liter twin-turbo Ecoboost motor making a healthy 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission. It comes with a boatload of safety features including forward collision warning and dynamic brake support, precollision assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot indicators with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping alert, lane-keeping assist, auto high beams and hill-start assist.
Key Competitors: Subaru Outback, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe
Base Price: $43,350 As-Tested Price: $49,825
Full review: 2019 Ford Edge and Edge ST first drive
Highlights: The engine is the star here. This is the same sixer that can pull around an F-150 pickup without issue, and here it is good for a 5.9-second sprint to 60 mph, though it feels faster. It gets there about 20 percent quicker than the old Edge Sport and looks good doing it. The ST Edge also features AWD disconnect, which lands the mileage at 19 mpg city, 26 highway.
The 2019 Ford Edge ST get unique seats and interior trim.
Our Opinion: I think it’s a little silly of Ford to cancel all of its cars, and only then add ST badges and upgraded powertrains to its CUVs and SUVs, but here we are. And I suppose if I’m given an Edge, I want the most power possible.
The Edge ST’s sheetmetal is a little tighter and angrier than the basic Edge. The grille is darker, the wheels bigger. It also has dual exhaust. For a midsize crossover, it does look good.
The interior upgrades are welcomed in this normally plain cabin. The ST seats are faux suede-covered and very comfortable, but maybe a little too wide for me. The dash looks huge from the captain’s chair, but the Sync infotainment system is in reach and generally easy to use. The one pro tip is that when using Apple CarPlay, you can’t see the navigation or climate buttons and I never quite figured out how to bring them up — except for hitting the “sound” button, which normally brings up your radio equalizer. After you press that, the normal radio, map and other buttons show up on the bottom. Sync isn’t the only one to suffer this problem. The biggest pain of it is having to use your phone’s navigation and data, as opposed to the car’s setup. If you have unlimited data on your phone, no problems.
The engine is powerful from a stoplight, and the sound reminds me of the RS. Just by listening, I thought it may have been the 2.3-liter turbo-four, but it’s a smallish V6. Max torque comes in at 3,000 rpm, but acceleration is smooth from bottom to top. The eight-speed automatic is fine, not superfast, but it does get faster, and throttle tip-in gets touchier when switched to sport mode. As always with all-wheel-drive vehicles, the best feeling is flooring it from a stop, around a turn, neither hearing nor feeling any wheelslip. It just yanks your head back and goes.
Base Price: $43,350
As-Tested Price: $49,825
Drivetrain: 2.7-liter turbocharged V6, eight-speed automatic, AWD
Output: 335 hp @ 5,500 rpm; 380 lb-ft @ 3,000 rpm
Curb Weight: 4,477 lb
Fuel Economy (EPA City/Highway/Combined): 19/26/21 mpg
Pros: Tons of speed and grip
Cons: Little steering feel, antiseptic overall feel
The brakes in the Edge ST are fantastic, with very little pedal travel, and felt as strong as the Ford Explorer ST cop car I drove a few weeks ago.
The Edge’s suspension (MacPherson up front and multilink independent in back) soaks up Detroit’s road well. I drove over my usual expressway entrance bump and nothing moved or jiggled, including my body. The ST gets monotube rear dampers with special tuning; the base Edge has a twin-tube setup.
I’m usually a fan of Ford’s steering effort, and I am here, but the feel is less than I’d like, even for an electronic system. It does feel sturdy and planted on the expressway.
So the Honda Pilot, Subaru Outback and Edge owned this midsize CUV segment last year, and they continue to dominate this year so far, but with the addition of the Hyundai Santa Fe. Those are hard to put in order for me. The Pilot is sort of soulless; the Hyundai looks good and the value is high; the Outback is solid and maybe a bit more rugged than the rest. If you want speed, you have to try this Edge ST, which starts at $42,355. The base Edge starts at $30K, by the way. If you’re looking for something more off-road-centric, the Outback is better.
–Jake Lingeman, road test editor
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