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2020 Ford Edge Review

The 2020 Ford Edge sits in the middle of the midsize SUV class. It has decent engine power and a balanced ride, but its infotainment system has an outdated look, and the seats aren’t very comfortable.

Pros & Cons

  • Good fuel economy
  • Peppy acceleration
  • Long list of standard features
  • Roomy seats
  • Unengaging steering
  • Dull infotainment graphics
  • Seats could be more supportive

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.0
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.1
Safety:
This rating isn’t available yet for the current model year. In the meantime, last year’s rating of 9.8 for safety is being used to calculate this vehicle’s overall score.
TBD
Reliability:
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Is the Ford Edge a Good SUV?

The Ford Edge is an OK midsize SUV, but it fails to stand out from the pack. This Ford has an impressive amount of cargo room for a midsize two-row SUV and plenty of passenger space, but the seats themselves aren't that comfortable.

Ford's infotainment system is user-friendly and easy to operate, but the graphics are plain and underwhelming compared to more modern systems. Though the interior is generally well-built, there are some noticeable hard plastic surfaces throughout the cabin. The Edge boasts spry acceleration and well-mannered handling.

Should I Buy the Ford Edge?

The 2020 Edge is an enticing choice, especially for shoppers who only need seating for five. It offers lots of standard infotainment features as well as a long list of driver assistance and active safety technologies. Great fuel economy also enhances its appeal as a commuter car.

That said, there are many good crossover SUVs to choose from, so it's worth shopping around. The Mazda CX-9 is a well-rounded midsize SUV that gives you three rows of seats, as well as dynamic handling and a first-rate cabin. The fully redesigned Ford Escape is smaller and less expensive than the Edge, but it has more-engaging handling than its larger sibling, as well as an excellent amount of passenger and cargo space for its class.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Edge?

The Edge hasn't been fully redesigned since the 2015 model year, and it has seen only a few major changes since. For 2016, SYNC 3 became available for the first time, replacing the much-criticized MyFord Touch interface. The next significant update came with a refresh for 2019 when Ford refreshed the Edge's design, replaced the old six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed, and made a bundle of driver assistance features standard. 2019 also saw the ST trim replace the Sport trim.

For 2020, the new Ford Edge gains standard dual-zone automatic climate control, but it is otherwise largely unchanged. The 2019 Edge is nearly identical to the new model and likely less expensive. If the 2019 updates don't interest you, look for an Edge from 2016, 2017, or 2018 to save even more money.

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2017 Edge, 2018 Edge, and 2019 Edge reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts you can find on used cars.

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We Did the Research for You: 33 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 33 Ford Edge reviews – along with reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2020 Edge is the right new car for you. This 2020 Ford Edge review incorporates applicable research for all model years in the current generation, which launched for 2015.

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How Much Does the Ford Edge Cost?

The 2020 Ford Edge starts at $31,100, which is about average for a midsize SUV. Its two midrange trim levels retail for $34,355 and $38,100. All of those models come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive; all-wheel drive is optional for $1,995.

The performance-oriented Ford Edge ST costs $43,265. It features standard all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged V6 engine.

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Ford Edge Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Ford Edge or Mazda CX-9?

The Mazda CX-9 has excellent all-around performance for a midsize SUV, highlighted by swift acceleration and sportier handling than the Ford Edge. Both SUVs have a comfortable ride, but the CX-9 is more fun to drive overall. The Mazda has a nicer interior quality than the Ford, though both come with a similar list of standard and optional features. The CX-9's infotainment system is a little easier to use, thanks to clearly labeled buttons and physical shortcut controls. However, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard in all Edge models, while they're optional in the CX-9. The other major difference between these rivals is that the CX-9 seats seven people in three rows, while the two-row Edge only seats five. The Mazda is the better buy overall.

Which Is Better: Ford Edge or Ford Escape?

The Ford Escape is fully redesigned for 2020. Though it resides in the compact SUV class, the Escape has a spacious back seat that's nearly equal to the Edge's. The Edge does have more cargo space, though: 39.2 cubic feet behind its second row and a maximum of 73.4 cubic feet compared to 33.5 and 65.4 cubic feet, respectively for the Escape. Both crossovers boast a similar number of standard and optional safety equipment, and both have an optional engine that delivers swifter acceleration than their respective base engines. The Escape starts at about $25,000 (you'll spend a little more than $27,000 if you want one with a touch screen), while the Edge retails for just above $31,000. It's hard to justify spending several thousand dollars more for the Edge when the Escape is capable in its own right.

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Edge Interior

How Many People Does the Edge Seat?

The Ford Edge holds five people. Both rows of seats offer ample room for occupants, and the driver's seat provides good all-around outward visibility. You might wish for more supportive side bolstering, though. In back, the seats recline but are similarly shapeless and lack support.

Cloth upholstery and a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat come standard. You can opt for synthetic or genuine leather upholstery, a power-adjustable passenger seat, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, driver's seat memory settings, and a leather-wrapped, heated, and power-tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel.

Edge and Child Car Seats

The Ford Edge has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats. The middle seat has a tether anchor, and it can borrow a lower anchor from each side.

This setup is relatively easy to use. The lower anchors on the passenger side are set deeply in the seat, but they don't have the same problem on the other side. Also, you might confuse other seatback hardware for the tether anchors on the outboard seats.

Edge Interior Quality

Most materials in the Edge’s cabin are impressive, and the build construction feels sturdy. The cabin keeps most outside road and wind noise at bay, even at speed. However, the Edge features some hard plastic surfaces, which are more prevalent in lower trims. Several rivals, and other Ford vehicles such as the F-150 truck, have more upscale cabins.

Edge Cargo Space

The Ford Edge serves up 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. With the second row folded down, that expands to a maximum of 73.4 cubic feet. The Edge is a two-row SUV, while most other midsize SUVs have three rows. The Edge has one of the largest cargo capacities among its five-seat competitors. However, it's below average when matched against the whole segment.

The cargo floor is low, making it easy to lift in heavy items. On the flip side, the back seats don't fold down completely flat so it's harder to haul large, bulky cargo.

Edge Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

All Edge models feature Ford's SYNC 3 infotainment system, which consists of an 8-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. This interface is straightforward to use once you get past an initial learning curve. The graphics and displays, however, are starting to look clunky and outdated compared to other brands with sleeker systems. Physical buttons on the center stack are small and not very well labeled. The Edge could also benefit from additional physical controls for infotainment shortcuts.

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Edge Performance

Edge Engine: 2 Capable Choices

The 2020 Ford Edge is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that's good for 250 horsepower. The Edge has peppy acceleration from a stop, and its standard eight-speed automatic transmission delivers generally smooth and timely shifts. Power and torque are better on the low end, as this SUV feels a little underwhelming when cruising or passing at higher speeds.

The performance-oriented Edge ST features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with 335 horsepower. This sporty model is powerful, but it can suffer from some turbo lag when you hit the throttle hard from a standstill.

Edge Gas Mileage: Impressive

The 2020 Edge with standard front-wheel drive gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, which are impressive figures for a midsize SUV. Opting for all-wheel drive only drops those ratings by 1 mpg on the highway.

With the EcoBoost engine, the Edge returns 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway, which is still pretty good for the class.

Edge Ride and Handling: More Stable Than Sporty

The Ford Edge has well-mannered driving attributes. It provides a comfortable ride, and it eats up noticeable bumps in the road, though it can still feel a little bouncy over rough pavement. Steering is light and easy, though that translates to little feedback from the road. The Edge doesn't encourage you to take corners hard; instead, it feels planted and composed.

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Edge Reliability

Is the Ford Edge Reliable?

The 2020 Ford Edge has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power, which is about average.  

Ford Edge Warranty

Ford covers the Edge with a three-year/36,000-mile basic warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Edge Safety

Edge Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2020 Ford Edge an overall crash test rating of five out of five stars. The SUV earned five stars in the frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

As of this writing, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not tested the 2020 Edge.

Edge Safety Features

The 2020 Edge comes standard with Ford's Co-Pilot360 bundle of driver assistance features. Included in this are forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and automatic high-beam headlights. Post-collision braking, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and Ford's MyKey system also are standard. MyKey lets you create speed and volume limits for secondary drivers.

Available active safety features include stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, adaptive headlights, a 180-degree parking camera system, front parking sensors, and automatic parking assist.

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Edge Dimensions and Weight

The Ford Edge is 15.7 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 3,958 to 4,525 pounds.

Where Is the 2020 Ford Edge Built?

Ford builds the 2020 Edge in Canada.

Which Ford Edge Model Is Right for Me?

The 2020 Ford Edge is available in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium, and ST. The three lower trims come standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional in those models for $1,995. The performance-oriented Ford Edge ST comes standard with all-wheel drive and a turbocharged V6 engine.

The SEL is a good compromise between price and features that should appeal to most buyers. It comes with upgraded synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats. There are also a couple of option packages for under $1,000 that add features such as remote start, wireless device charging, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, and navigation.

Ford Edge SE

The 2020 Ford Edge SE starts at $31,100. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control, and proximity keyless entry. The standard SYNC 3 infotainment system includes Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, two USB ports, and a six-speaker stereo. A rear-seat entertainment system is optional for $1,995.

Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, post-collision braking, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high-beam headlights, and Ford's MyKey system.

Ford Edge SEL

With a starting price of $34,355, the Edge SEL adds synthetic leather upholstery, a six-way power-adjustable passenger seat, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated outside mirrors, a nine-speaker premium stereo, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and LED fog lights.

The Convenience package costs $935 and adds a household-style power outlet, a hands-free power liftgate, remote start, a universal garage door opener, and wireless device charging. Another package costs $795 and upgrades the Co-Pilot suite with stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, and evasive steering assist. Voice-activated navigation also comes in that package.

Ford Edge Titanium

The Ford Edge Titanium retails for $38,100. Additional features include genuine leather upholstery, a 10-way power-adjustable passenger seat, a heated and power-tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, driver's seat memory settings, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, wireless device charging, remote start, a hands-free power liftgate, a universal garage door opener, a household-style power outlet, and front parking sensors.

For $4,150, you can bundle ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, a panoramic roof, navigation, a 180-degree parking camera system, stop-and-go adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, adaptive headlights, and automatic parking assist.

Ford Edge ST

The Ford Edge ST starts at $43,265. Aside from the addition of the V6 engine and all-wheel drive, the ST trim has most of the same standard and optional features as the Titanium trim. An optional ST Performance Brake package ($2,695) adds unique wheels, summer-only tires, vented brakes, upgraded front rotors, and performance brake pads.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Ford dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2020 Ford Escape is a competitive entrant in the midsize SUV class, but it fails to stick out among rivals that have better handling, nicer interiors, and more user-friendly technology. Before spending your money on this Ford, we recommend checking out some other options.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "With a spacious cabin, expansive cargo capacity and strong Sync 3 infotainment system, the Edge has a lot to offer midsize-SUV shoppers. Some may find the ride a bit jittery, and the cabin fit-and-finish on higher trim levels doesn't quite match the near-luxury price, but overall the Edge is a well-executed car that earns its place among the top mainstream SUVs." -- Edmunds
  • The powertrain is smoother and more efficient than before and is balanced by a comfortable yet composed chassis. Factor in the extra standard equipment and you have a compelling offering for those who don't want or need a large three-row vehicle like the Explorer or Expedition. The interior is still a bit disappointing, but it is a comfortable and quiet place to be." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "Ford’s 2-row midsize SUV is a well-balanced, easygoing way to get from here to there, with a lot of room for gear and an even more impressive list of safety equipment." -- Kelley Blue Book (2019)
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