2021 Ford Edge Review
2021 Ford Edge Review The 2021 Ford Edge has one of the new names in the crossover-SUV range of the company, but it has been an unqualified hit since it was new in 2007. The last Edge of the second generation has dug a niche between the biggest explorer and the smallest Escape, one that suits drivers who regularly driver adult passengers and not put a high priority on the performance outright. That said, the Edge has turbocharger engines in each model, and it is falsely fast. It’s also the first Ford crossover to win an ST model, thanks to a series of handling upgrades applied for the new model year. It is devoid of any trace of rugged SUV-and for many drivers, that’s about right.
For 2021, the Ford Edge is delivered in SE, SEL, titanium, and ST finishes. The changes are valid: a 5 HP bump on Turbo-4 models is topical, but the biggest story is a standard suite of safety technology applied at all edges, including automatic emergency braking.
Only the slight changes apply to the style of Edge. The clean and spare look stands out in the Ford range and has the right generic look that applies to a lot of medium sized crossovers. The BMW indices are strong with this one, down for the treatment of the rear end. The Edge ST launches on red and black badges and blackened toppings. Inside, the cabin has warmed up from the previous edition of the Edge, but it is even less distinctive, with its medium-resolution screens, brushed metal fittings and large stretches of black, tight-grained plastic.
Ford dropped the old V-6 naturally aspirated from the edge; Most versions now draw the power of a 2.0-liter 250 horsepower Turbo-4, channeled by an 8-speed, forward-or integral-traction automatic control. Enough punchy, it is able to tow up to 3 500 pounds or cut through commuter traffic with reasonable enthusiasm. The Edge St lights up with an unbridled version of the V-6 Twin-Turbo found in last year’s Edge sport. It starts 335 HP, and Ford says it can run a sprint 60-mph in under 6.0 seconds — while cranking it amplifies the engine noise in the cabin DOLLOPSS.
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Well-controlled driving is the best edge management asset, even with the big 21-inch wheels found on the edge ST. The quarters are intelligently executed, and in all, the edge has more interest in the lateral roads than, say, a Hyundai Santa Fe.
2021 Ford Edge Specs
The technology and connectivity features of Ford have been well established as above average but not in the industry. They are, however, continuing to head in the right direction with this year’s updating of the Edge. The front and center is the latest version of the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, which comes with standard navigation in the Titanium trim level. Its user interface is dead simple to use, although its blue and white color scheme is eminently bland. My biggest complaint with Sync 3 is speed; Ford needs to reassemble the processor specs so that the inputs are reflected on the screen in real time.
The backup of the infotainment system are some special features that Edge owners will surely love. The wireless recharge is one, which allows specially equipped smartphones (most of these days) to recharge their batteries without plugging into a USB port. The second is Ford Pass Connect 4g Wi-Fi, which broadcasts a fast Wi-Fi network in the SUV for everyone to join and surf (although it comes with a monthly subscription cost). Being the level of titanium trim, this edge also came with many other amenities, such as the aforementioned hands-free, foot-activated tailgate; Heated front and rear seats; Cooled front seats; And Ford’s Premium Bang and Olufsen sound system.
2021 Ford Edge Interior
The 2021 Edge has plenty of space for people and cargo, but the base seats could use more bolsters and thicker cushions. They are flatter than those found in the ST and with less support all day. The rear bench of the Edge can hold three adults when it needs, or fold back for an enlarged cargo bay, but the rear seat could use more head place for larger passengers.
The NHTSA has good things to say about Edge collision protection, but the IIHS is more reserved. This year Ford has made the standard of automatic emergency braking through the board, a welcome move. Each Edge comes with power features, Bluetooth with streaming audio, and keyless ignition; The Spendy titanium has a leather padding and a panoramic sunroof and a B&O sound, while the Edge ST can be equipped with 21-inch tires of performance and more powerful brakes. Prices vary from a little over $30 to over $54, 000 on a fully charged Edge ST.
With the latest Edge, Ford has drawn on some of the world’s most popular design themes, while it is avoided the most trendy. No roof panels floating here, just a sweet homage to the BMW X5, with a six-sided grid that could come from a number of car manufacturers. The generic parts are cut and sewn in the right way, though. The edge has substantial pillars but not too thick, the glass has just the right amount of rake, and the grid is just big enough to say crossover-not trolley. On the ST edge, the blackened trim goes down the thresholds and the shiny black wheels reduce the look.
The Edge has a fairly anonymous cabin that is more dressed up and more appealing than in earlier versions. There is no drama injected into the Mercedes GLC, no lush layers of wood trim, but the blend of plastic Edge and metal trim puts smooth surfaces in front of the visual gimmicks, and we will call it a win. Most welcome are the buttons and switches that are returned in this edge, compared to the touch-drag-and-drag commands found in the previous version.
What would we change about the Edge? At this point we are closer to a new model, so things like the larger and higher resolution screens will probably wait until the next version. But some models have a lot of shiny black trim that captures fingerprints as a CBS drama of an hour. It’s an easy thing to tone.
2021 Ford Edge Engine
No matter what you choose, the Edge 2021 carries with careful obedience. The entertaining Sass is off the menu, but the 2.0-liter turbo-4 in each edge save for the ST has enough traction to distinguish itself. It’s up 5 hp this year for a total of 250 HP, and now it’s coupled with an 8-speed automatic. It is strong enough to boost the Edge to 60 mph in less than eight seconds, and with forwarding, traction can turn in 25 mpg on the combined EPA cycle. It is also able to tow up to 3 500 pounds with the right kit.
With a V-6 normally aspirated from its system, the only upgrade of the engine only comes with the Edge ST. This is a Twin-Turbo 2.7-liter V-6, spun up to 335 hp this year last year 315 hp (both rated on 93-octane fuel). Ford says that this engine can steam at 60 mph in less than six seconds. It is punchy across the mid-range, less excited about high-revving power travel-and Ford takes its engine noise, double, and pipes into the ST edge when it is put into a sports driving mode. This is a distraction from the performance of the otherwise solid powertrain thanks to an automatic with paddle controllers and faster reflexes than the standard-issue unit.
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The Edge has an independent suspension, power steering, and provides good body control and a precise road sensation with a well-controlled ride. It’s kind of like the great Ford Fusion sedan, in the way it flies in corners and tracks easily down the freeway, and in the way it holds a tight rein on the body’s movement when it thwops on bad Ruts.
The Edge brakes may seem a bit tricky at first, but they offer a strong and reassuring stopping power. The titanium edge adopts larger wheels, but they do not diminish the well-weighted direction of the edge and the sensation on the center, once it gets at moderate speeds. Ford had offered an adaptive steering system on the Edge in previous years, but it was removed because its advantages in low-speed parking maneuvers were minimal.
2021 Ford Edge Review
The Edge ST shows more interest in Slinky roads. It puts on its own 20-inch wheels and-21-inflated tires and summer tires on some editions-and has a more rigidly-weighted suspension melody and more heavily balanced direction when the sports button on the Rotary shift button is tapped. It’s very firm, but the edge ST avoids the pitfalls of the old edge sport. The jerky sidewalk is not his enemy. The ST package represents Ford’s first attempt to consolidate the sports part of the sport-utility equation, and although it is not a huge change in terms of driving sensation, it is an intelligent cosmetic package that is not the dynamic Friendly Edge.
Despite the race with two cylinders less than most of its V6-powered competition, the Edge is not significantly more fuel-efficient. The Environmental Protection Agency misses the edge at 21000 per gallon in the city, 28 on the highway, and 23 combined. The Murano, for example, manages a little better at 24 MPG combined. It is impressive, however, that the edge is more fuel-efficient (a better MPG in the city and driving the road) than the smallest Ford Escape, which uses a very similar engine and weighs much less. And the regular fuel is just fine for the edge; No Premium gas at the high price required.
2021 Ford Edge Price
Compared to other midsize SUVs, the new Edge has a relatively low starting price of $29 995; The Murano and Acadia start at over $32K. That said, this titanium tester has a much higher base price of $38 550. With full traction and some additional option packages, its price tested comes to $47 775. A Ford Escape Titanium also optioned, meanwhile, Tops at $37 865-about $10 K less. See how easy it is to sell the escape when the edge is around?