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The 2020 Ford Edge – Comfort, Safety, and Performance

A blue 2020 Ford Edge ST is shown from a above on a highway.

 

The 2020 Edge is Ford’s largest five-seat SUV, sitting between the smaller five-seat Ford Escape and the larger seven-seat Ford Explorer. On top of its stylish looks and large array of modern features, it has a roomy interior with plenty of space for both passengers and cargo. The current generation of the Ford Edge was introduced for 2015, but it was recently updated for the 2019 model year. This puts the 2020 Ford Edge in the sweet spot of being a proven vehicle with the latest technology. And if you are looking for an exciting ride that can still fit the whole family, then check out the high-performance Ford Edge ST with its powerful turbocharged V6 and redesigned suspension.

Top Safety Pick

Perhaps the most outstanding aspect of the 2020 Ford Edge is its excellent safety ratings. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has named it one of their 2020 Top Safety picks. This independent organization’s stringent safety standards not only look at crash testing, but also at headlight effectiveness, and automatic collision prevention systems.

The 2020 Ford Edge passed IIHS crash testing with flying colors, achieving the top rating in every single subcategory. This is rather impressive, and even many vehicles with the top rating in the overall IIHS categories will still have lower ratings in some of the more challenging subcategories. The 2020 Ford Edge also achieved good ratings for both its vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian automatic collision avoidance, successfully preventing accidents from speeds of 25 mph. Just as importantly, these ratings were achieved with the standard equipment available on all trims of the 2020 Ford Edge, while many vehicles only get this rating when equipped with optional equipment on their higher trims.

The 2020 Ford Edge also has several additional standard automatic safety features that are not part of the IIHS tests. These include blindspot monitoring with cross-traffic alerts, lane keeping assist, and automatic high beams. And if you want to upgrade, then the 2020 Ford Edge also offers a variety of advanced optional features such as adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and parking assist.

However, it should still be noted that the IIHS Top Safety Pick still technically only applies to the 2020 Ford Edge when it is equipped with the optional adaptive LED projector headlights. These are only available on the top Titanium and ST trims, but non-adaptive LED projector headlights are standard equipment on all trims.

A gold 2020 Ford Edge is stopped at a light on an incline in a city.

Power and Performance

The 2020 Ford Edge is powered by a Ford EcoBoost turbocharged engine producing 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. This engine achieves good gas mileage for its size, averaging 21 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway. These numbers also barely change for the AWD version of the 2020 Ford Edge, with the city number remaining the same and the highway figure only slipping to 28 MPG. The transmission on the vehicle was also upgraded to a modern eight-speed automatic for the 2019 model year and is now controlled by a low-profile rotary shifter that contributes to the vehicle’s clean interior.

On the performance-driven ST trim, the engine is replaced with a much larger 2.7L turbocharged V6 EcoBoost producing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This engine is significantly more powerful than that of the EcoBoost Mustang, and with it, the Edge ST is capable of hitting 0-60 mph times of less than 6 seconds. However, the engine is not the only thing that was upgraded on the ST. The transmission was also given a sport mode for better shifting, the rear suspension was changed from integral link to multilink to improve handling, and the ST comes with standard 20” wheels. Unlike the other trims, the Edge ST is only available in AWD.

No matter which version of the 2020 Ford Edge you choose, you can relax knowing that the vehicle comes with a 5 year / 60,000 mile powertrain warranty on top of its comprehensive 3 year / 36,000 mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.

A Roomy Modern Interior

As Ford’s largest five-seat SUV, the 2020 Ford Edge does not lack interior space. Even large adults will be comfortable in the rear seats, which offer over 40” of both headroom and legroom. Cargo space with the rear seats in place is an excellent 39.2 cubic feet, and expands to a massive 73.4 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded. But the comforts of the 2020 Ford Edge are not restricted to space alone. Even on the lowest SE trim, you will find standard push-button start, a 10-way power driver’s seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment.

This Sync 3 system supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it easy to make calls or play music no matter what type of phone you have. Keeping phones and other electronic devices is also simple, with numerous USB and 12V charging ports installed on the 2020 Ford Edge. The higher trims also have an optional wireless charging pad as well as an optional 110V power outlet for larger devices.

But if you need more entertainment than your phone can provide, then the Sync 3 system also offers both SiriusXM satellite radio and a 4G LTE wireless hotspot. And to round out the package, Sync 3 now supports both Siri and Alexa for seamless voice commands. The output side of the infotainment system is also solid, with both a 9-speaker sound system and an optional 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen setup.

A woman is using the touchscreen inside a 2020 Ford Edge.

Trims and Pricing

The 2020 Ford Edge starts at $31,100 for the base SE trim and upgrading to AWD will cost a bit more. But while this price is slightly higher than some of its competitors, the SE comes standard with a powerful engine and a large number of other features that its competitors only offer in packages or on higher trims. To get a similar engine and feature set on a Chevrolet Blazer, for instance, requires selecting the 2LT trim with the Driver Confidence package for a price tag of close to $35,000.

Upgrading to the SEL trim on the 2020 Ford Edge starts at $34,355 but brings a large number of additional features. These include standard fog lights, an improved instrument cluster, auto-dimming rearview mirror, upgraded sound system, and power passenger’s seat, as well as a range of optional safety and infotainment features. Some of the better optional features include adaptive cruise control, integrated navigation, and DVD entertainment for the rear seats.

The Titanium trim is the top luxury trim on the 2020 Ford Edge and starts at $38,100. This trim primarily makes optional features from the SEL trim standard, such as the remote start system, wireless charging pad, leather wrapped heated steering wheel, and Bang & Olufsen sound system. However, it also includes a few unique features, such as heated and cooled front seats, acoustic laminated side windows, and optional automatic park assist.

Finally, the ST sport trim starts at $43,265. The main draw of this trim is, of course, the far more powerful engine and upgraded transmission and suspension. However, the ST trim also includes most of the luxury features of the Titanium trim as well as some trim-specific details of its own such as aluminum sports pedals, ST badging, and a blacked-out grille.

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