Buyers looking for a midsize SUV that’s a little nicer than the mainstream choices without a budget-busting price will find plenty to like in the 2020 Ford Edge. It’s tight and controlled on the road and drives much like a sedan. The quietness of its cabin and the expansive passenger and cargo space are impressive, and it has one of the roomiest interiors in its class.
The Edge can be equipped at near-luxury levels, but even in base form it offers many advanced driver safety aids and a robust list of standard features. The standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine does a commendable job hauling the Edge’s not-insignificant mass, and it even achieves respectable fuel economy while doing it.
The Sync 3 infotainment system, which is standard across the line up, is one of the better tech interfaces on the market, especially when you take advantage of its voice controls. For 2020, however, the Edge finally ditches the CD player. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto included on all trims, most people won’t miss it. But, please, a moment of silence.
While the Ford Edge SE is well-equipped, we’d still stretch for the SEL anyway to get its power-adjustable front passenger seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and upgraded upholstery.
The 2020 Ford Edge is a midsize SUV that can seat five. It comes in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium and ST. The SE is decently equipped, but the SEL offers more amenities and access to option packages. The ST Line dresses up the Edge in sporty accents, while the Titanium is all about luxury. The top-trim ST is the performance model.
A turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (250 horsepower, 275 lb-ft of torque) comes on most models, and it’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The ST model gets its own hotter engine, a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 (335 hp, 380 lb-ft), joined to an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.
The SE sets the tone for the rest of the lineup. All of the important stuff starts here: 18-inch wheels, reclining rear seatbacks, rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-speaker sound system, and Sync 3 infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
A handful of key driver aids are also included, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and automatic braking.
The SEL adds a few premium touches, including simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Later in the model year, the previously optional 201A package — consisting of roof rails, heated front seats, imitation leather upholstery and an upgraded sound system — was added as standard equipment. The SEL also opens the door to several available extras, including a hands-free liftgate, navigation, and advanced driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist.
The new ST Line trim gives the Edge a sporty look. Its upgrades include 20-inch wheels, black-painted exterior trim, faux suede seat inserts and red stitching throughout the cabin. Its options mirror those available on the SEL.
The Titanium starts with the SEL content and adds 19-inch wheels, noise-reducing front windows, front parking sensors, the hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, front sport seats, ambient cabin lighting, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Options include the SEL’s safety suite, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an automated parking system.
Finally, the Edge ST is the enthusiast’s choice, not least for its turbo V6 engine, sport-tuned suspension and sharper steering. It starts with the SEL’s features, but you also get 20-inch wheels, leather and suede-like seating, sport-themed interior trim, and the 12-speaker audio system. Features from the Titanium trim are available here. You can also get the ST Performance brake package, which includes 21-inch wheels, larger front brake rotors, performance brake pads and summer performance tires.