2019 Ford Edge ST, Ford’s First Performance SUV

 
 
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The new 2019 Ford Edge ST is Ford’s first excursion into performance CUV’s and SUV’s for the driver who wants more from their daily driver. Is the Edge ST a performance CUV? Yes and no. It’s impressively better than the base model Edge, but still a long way short of other makers.

Power for the Ford Edge ST comes from the 335 horsepower, 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine producing 380 pound-feet of torque. The engine is twin-turbocharged and has direct fuel injection with variable cam timing. The result is giving the Edge ST a combined fuel economy of 26 mpg. Even though our week-long road test averaged 23 mpg, truth be told, we spent the majority of time in Sport Mode having fun pushing the little SUV to its limits. And boy did we!

The 8-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode handles the gear changes and intelligent all-wheel drive, with a selectable sport mode, got the power to the ground. The All-Wheel-Drive torque delivers power to the wheel with the best traction and through a tight curve. Overall it improves the drivability of the Edge ST. But when traction is not needed, the intelligent All-Wheel Drive also includes rear drive disconnect to improve fuel economy.

Edge ST Is Restyled To Match Its Performance

Edge ST comes with restyled front and rear panels, model-specific side claddings and unique badging and Ford Performance sill plates. Other ST standard items include 12-way adjustable power leather front seats with sport bolsters to keep the driver centered. A Bang and Olufsen premium sound system and Ford Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance. The Co-Pilot package includes emergency braking, blind spot monitors, cross traffic alerts, lane keeping, and automatic high beam headlamps. The optional, driving assistance includes adaptive cruise control, lane centering, and evasive steering assist.

The cabin and ride are excellent in large part due to the comfort of the leather and suede seats. There is plenty of storage space in the center console, forward bins, and above dash cubby. The rotary knob shifter makes the console space more usable. Interior trim features leather-covered door panels, soft-touch dash pads and a leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. The surrounds on the infotainment stack are finished in a matte black that remains unmarred by fingerprints and, more importantly, does not reflect the low angle sun into the driver’s eyes.

Innovative Technology

The instrument cluster sports two driver information centers, both left and right. Each area displays data important to the operator. When you select Sport Mode, a digital tachometer appears in the center screen in clear view.

A fault of modern keyless ignition technology is the tendency for drivers to forget to shut off the engine, or forgetting to shift the car into park before exiting. The Edge ST solves that by automatically shifting to Park when the driver’s door is opened. Plus, the horn will sound a double beep when you walk off with the engine running. These software enhancements may very well save lives.

Suspension Is Tuned For A Great Ride

The new Edge ST has a lower center of gravity, specially tuned suspension, better body roll control, and sportier steering with good feedback. The suspension is a good compromise of performance and comfort that dampens bumps while allowing for decent handling at a higher speed. The small SUV provides a sporty drive, while not exactly providing powerhouse performance. According to Car and Driver, the ST turned a 5.7 second 0 to 60 time and a 14.3-second quarter mile run. However, the feel of performance is there with nimble steering, tight, fast corners, and very good braking. You may not outrun the Mustangs on your block, but it will be a blast going to the grocery store or taking the kids to school.

The Ford Sync 3 System provides infotainment. Ford includes Apple Car Play, Android Auto, Waze mapping, and Ford Alexa as standard features in the Sync 3. Navigation comes as an option, but if you plan to use smartphone integration, it is not necessary.

Ford Sync 3 infotainment

Ford Sync 3 Infotainment

The enhanced Parking Assist provides both perpendicular parking, with parking exit assist, and rear in parallel parking. The array of sensors displays on the camera screen showing what is around the car, without having a true bird’s eye image. A front camera comes on with the push of a button to aid parking, or maneuvering in tight places.

Options Can Get Pricey

Our ST carried a base price of only $42,355, which sounds pretty reasonable for a performance-oriented CUV. Unfortunately, by the time we added the most desirable options, the price climbed to well over 52 thousand with destination charges. The $5500 401A package adds foot-activated tailgate, remote start, adaptive cruise, and enhanced parking assist. The white metallic tri-coat paint was another 595 and the upgraded brake package that includes larger Brembo Brakes clamped in impressive looking red calipers and brake rotors as well as 21-inch wheels ups the price by 2700 dollars.

Edge ST Brembo Brakes

Edge ST Brembo Brakes

If the Edge ST price is going to approach the mid-fifties, you may want to look at other higher level offerings from Lexus, Infinity or BMW.

We found the 2019 Ford Edge ST a fun car to drive with decent seating room, adequate storage space, a sporty attitude, and acceptable fuel economy. The only negative concern is the price. Build and price your own Ford Edge ST here,

Listen to the on air review by John and Jim here