With its size and attractive pricing, the 2020 Edge is likely to continue the Ford’s success in the midsize SUV category. While nothing radical has been changed in the Edge for 2020, subtle changes like better fuel economy and the removal of the CD player provide some overall improvements to an SUV that has already built a solid reputation.
Although the Ford Edge continues to offer only two rows of seats while competitors such as the GMC Acadia and Kia Sorento provide three rows of seats, the Edge is still worth a test drive. More adventurous drivers might want to consider the ST performance model, which is more powerful and sleeker looking than other trim levels. More on that version in a bit. Here’s a peak inside the 2020 Ford Edge.
Except for the aforementioned ST performance model, the 2020 Edge remains largely unchanged on the outside. The exterior is decent looking and retains the signature look of a Ford SUV. The ST version shakes things up though, with a mesh grille on the front that has the ST logo affixed to it, along with a rear spoiler, and LED headlights. A panoramic vista sunroof can also be added to the ST model for additional money. For all other trims, owners of the 2020 Edge can expect an SUV that looks exactly like… well, an SUV. Make no mistake, the Edge is not a crossover vehicle. It is an legitimate SUV through-and-through.
Engine and Performance
Critics have heaped praise on the 2020 Edge for its standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine, which gives plenty of power and provides better fuel economy than previous models. If there is one performance area where the new Edge has taken some knocks, its with the acceleration. Reviewers seem to agree that the acceleration and pick-up could be a touch better, particularly when driving on highways.
Tests show that the Edge can reach 60 mph in 7.5 seconds. That’s on the low end of comparable midsize SUVs. Apparently engaging the “Sport Mode” can help shorten the acceleration delay. Still, the steering, handling, and braking of the Edge are each very good. The transmission shifts smoothly. If you want a quick 0-to-60 time, buy a sports car. Overall, the Edge is a strong performer in this SUV segment.
Trimlines and Prices
The 2020 Ford Edge comes in four trimlines, including the top end ST performance variant. The base model SE starts at $31,100, which is average for a midsize SUV. The two mid-range trim levels (SEL and Titanium) sell for $34,355 and $38,100 respectively. All three models come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. You can add all-wheel drive as an option for an additional $2,000. The performance-oriented Ford Edge ST runs at least $43,265. It features standard all-wheel drive and a twin turbocharged V6 engine that provides added power and torque. For people wanting to take the Edge off the pavement, we strongly recommend the ST version.
The base model SE edition is well-equipped with 18-inch wheels, reclining rear seatbacks, rear view camera, a WiFi hotspot, a six-speaker sound system, a Sync 3 infotainment system that has an eight-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration.
The SEL trim adds simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and option packages that feature heated seats, a hands-free liftgate, and an upgraded sound system.
The Titanium gets topped out with luxury touches such as noise-reducing front windows, leather upholstery, front sport seats, and ambient cabin lighting. Note that dual-zone automatic climate control is now included on all trim levels. However, you’ll need to leave your CD collection at home, as Ford has removed the CD player from all versions of the Edge for the 2020 model year. A sign of the times, for sure.
The Edge’s front seats are great – comfortable with loads of back support and adorned in soft leather. Unfortunately, the rear seats are flat, shapeless, and somewhat uncomfortable for full-sized adults. Back in the plus column, the Edge has an extremely quiet cabin that cancels out wind, road, and engine noise.
The 2020 Edge has one of the largest cabins in the midsize SUV category. Drivers and passengers should find that they have plenty of room. The front doors open wide, making it easy to get in and out. As for cargo space, the new Edge has been described as “cavernous.” There’s 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row, among the most generous of midsize SUVs.
Features and Warranty Coverage
When it comes to technology, safety, and other features, the 2020 Edge really shines. The Ford Sync 3 infotainment system is one of the best on the market today. Its features all work well, particularly the voice controls. The 8-inch touchscreen is a good size and the graphics are sharp. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a 4G WiFi hotspot come standard across all trims. Going further, there are two front USB ports, multiple 12-volt outlets, and even an optional 110-volt household-style outlet for keeping devices powered.
In terms of safety, owners get automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and automatic high beams as standard features. The warranty coverage, while not extensive, is competitive with most midsize SUVs. The free roadside assistance lasts longer than on some other vehicles.
Fuel economy with the 2020 Edge is better than in past years. The all-wheel drive version with the 2.0-liter engine has been given a rating by the Environmental Protection Agency of 23 miles per gallon (city and highway driving combined), which is very competitive for midsize SUVs. The front-wheel drive version averages a slightly better 24 mpg. Ford is clearly making strides in terms of developing more environmentally friendly vehicles, even when they run on traditional fossil fuels.
- Lots or interior space and cargo room.
- Infotainment system is among the best on the market today.
- Overall fuel economy has been improved.
- Acceleration could be better.
- Exterior remains largely unchanged from past model years.
- Back seats are a bit lacking for adult passengers.
The Last Word
The Ford Edge isn’t the sexiest midsize SUV and the 2020 model doesn’t reinvent the wheel, so to speak. However, the overall design and performance are strong. The standard technology and safety features are better than you’ll get in many competing vehicles. With an affordable price range of between $31,000 for the base model up to $43,000 for the ST performance version, the Edge is worth a test drive or two. Its ample size, quiet cabin, and sophisticated features help the 2020 Edge exceed expectations in many respects. It should remain a bestseller for Ford.