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8.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Safety: 9.5
Reliability:
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2018 Ford Edge Review

The 2018 Ford Edge earns a spot in the middle of our rankings. While it matches up well against the competition in many areas, it doesn't stand out from the crowd.

Pros & Cons

  • User-friendly infotainment system
  • Spacious, comfortable, quiet cabin
  • Above-average fuel economy with standard engine
  • Smooth, carlike handling

 

  • Transmission can be slow to shift

 

Is the Ford Edge a Good SUV?

The 2018 Edge is a fine choice among its midsize SUV rivals. It achieves admirable scores in all of our evaluation categories and features a premium interior. Its below-average starting price doesn't hurt its appeal either. In fact, the Edge has the best combination of quality and value in the class, leading us to name it the 2018 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money. In addition, we named it our Best 2-Row SUV for Families thanks to its generous list of optional safety features, a roomy interior, and positive feedback from automotive reviewers. 

Should I Buy the Ford Edge?

You should consider the Ford Edge if you don't need a third row of seats, but you want more cargo space than a typical 2-row compact SUV. The Edge is a great choice for a family vehicle, with its spacious seating and long list of available safety technology. Additionally, a smooth and comfortable ride and above-average fuel economy make the Edge a solid daily driver or commuting partner.

There are some other excellent rival crossover SUVs worth considering, though. The Nissan Murano has one of the nicest interiors. The Hyundai Santa Fe retails for thousands of dollars less. Also, the Kia Sorento can seat up to seven in style. 

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Should I Buy a New or Used Ford Edge?

Ford redesigned the Edge for the 2015 model year. The 2016 Edge was the first model available with the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system, but there were no major changes for 2017 or 2018. That means that you can get a used SUV that's essentially the same as the new model for potentially much less money.

If you're interested in a used model, visit our overviews of the 2016 Ford Edge and 2017 Ford Edge. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 28 Reviews Analyzed

We analyzed 28 Ford Edge reviews – along with safety and reliability ratings, fuel economy estimates, and more – to help you decide if the 2018 Edge is the right new car for you.

This overview incorporates applicable data and reviews from all model years of the current generation, which spans the 2015 through 2018 model years.

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How Much Does the Ford Edge Cost?

To buy a new Ford Edge, plan to spend at least $29,200 – the MSRP for the base SE trim. That's pretty close to the average starting price of a midsize SUV. In addition to the Edge SE, this SUV comes in SEL ($31,955), Titanium ($35,930), and Sport ($40,675) trim levels. For great savings at your local Ford dealer, check out our U.S. News Best Price Program. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Ford deals page.

Ford Edge Versus the Competition

The midsize SUV class has so many excellent entries, it can be challenging to pick a winner in head-to-head comparisons. That frees you up to consider the top vehicles (including the rivals below) to find the ride that best suits your personality – and your pocketbook.

Which Is Better: Ford Edge or Hyundai Santa Fe?

The starting price of the Hyundai Santa Fe is about $4,000 less than the Edge’s, and that's for the entry-level 2-row Santa Fe Sport. Still, it comes with lots of standard features and comfortable seating for five. However, the Santa Fe Sport's base engine feels underpowered compared to the Ford's. In this model, you can opt for a more potent turbocharged engine, or you could always step up to the 3-row Santa Fe, which comes with a V6. 

Which Is Better: Ford Edge or Nissan Murano?

Like the Edge, the Nissan Murano retails for just under $30,000. However, the Murano boasts a degree of luxury not usually found at this price point. Its cabin is full of high-grade materials and has elegant styling. Also, the front seats are extremely comfortable. The Murano is a better choice if you prioritize this kind of luxury.

Which Is Better: Ford Edge or Kia Sorento?

The Kia Sorento is available with five or seven seats, and it is a good pick for a family vehicle. We also recently named the Sorento one of our Best Cars for Teens. The Kia outperforms the Edge in crash tests. It also has a base sticker price that’s thousands of dollars less. 

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Edge Interior

How Many People Does the Edge Seat?

The Ford Edge SUV has seating for five people. It comes standard with cloth upholstery, manually-adjustable front seats, and a split folding rear seat. The seats are pleasant and roomy; second-row passengers can stretch out and relax thanks to the ample legroom and reclining seatbacks. For extra flair, treats like leather, heated and cooled front seats, and heated rear seats are available.

Edge and Car Seats

In the back of the Edge, there are three tether anchors, two sets of lower anchors, and one seating position that can borrow lower anchors from the adjacent seats. This enables you to secure a child safety seat in any of the rear seats. The hardware is easy to use for the most part, though one set of lower anchors is sunk deep in the seat cushions and a couple of the tether anchors can be confused with other hardware in the cargo area.

Edge Interior Quality

The Edge's cabin is well-insulated against road noise, granting a serene (and nap-friendly) ride for your brood. Plenty of high-quality materials give the interior a premium feel, and there are lots of handy nooks to stow small items.

Edge Cargo Space

Behind the back seat, the Edge has 39.2 cubic feet of cargo room, which is about the same amount that the Kia Sorento offers. In all but the base trim, the Edge comes with EasyFold second-row seats that quickly fold flat with the touch of a button. A hands-free liftgate – which opens with a wave of your foot – is also available.

Edge Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Edge benefits from Ford's user-friendly infotainment systems. Even the basic unit has the ability to link to your smartphone and understand voice commands. That said, the upgraded SYNC 3 interface is worth the extra cost. It features an 8-inch touch screen that recognizes swipe and pinch gestures. Through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, even more smartphone apps are connected to the system, augmenting your infotainment choices. For more information, read What Is Apple CarPlay? and What Is Android Auto? Then, see the Best Cars With Apple CarPlay and Best Cars With Android Auto.

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Edge Performance

Edge Engine: Good, Better, and Best

Ford gives you three engine options to pick from. The standard engine (a turbocharged 2.0-liter) is fuel-efficient and perfectly acceptable in most situations. For brisker acceleration, a V6 engine is available in the SEL and Titanium trim levels for $625. The outlier is the Edge Sport. This trim appropriately matches its moniker, as it’s the only edition outfitted with the sprightly twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 engine. The only knock to the powertrain is that the six-speed automatic transmission could be quicker to downshift when more power is needed.

Edge Gas Mileage: Fuel Saver

With its EPA-estimated fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, the Edge will save you more on your annual fuel expenses than the average midsize SUV. Gas mileage with the more powerful Edge engines drops to 17 mpg in the city and 23-26 mpg on the highway.

Edge Ride and Handling: Sedanlike

Shoppers moving up from a sedan to an SUV will appreciate the way the Edge drives. It handles much like a car, with impressive braking and accurate steering. The ride is not only smooth, but controlled as well, with very little body lean.

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Edge Reliability

Is the Ford Edge Reliable?

The 2018 Edge has a predicted reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That's an average score in general, and it's typical for a midsize SUV.

Ford Edge Warranty

Ford covers the 2018 Edge with a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Edge Safety

Edge Crash Test Results

The 2018 Edge gets excellent scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It earns five out of five stars for its overall safety rating, along with five stars for its frontal crash and side crash simulations. At the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Edge received the highest score of Good in four crash tests. It also earned a rating of Acceptable in the small overlap front test.

Edge Safety Features

A rearview camera and Ford MyKey (a safety system for teen drivers) come standard in the Edge. In this crossover, Ford also offers adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning with brake support, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, active park assist, a 180-degree camera system, rain-sensing wipers, and inflatable rear safety belts in the outboard seating positions.

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Which Ford Edge Model Is Right for Me?

Ford offers a few different drivetrain options in the main Edge trim levels (SE, SEL, and Titanium). In addition to the standard engine (a turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder), a 3.5-liter V6 is available in the Edge SEL and Edge Titanium for $625. You also have a choice between front-wheel drive (standard) or all-wheel drive ($1,995). The fourth trim level in the Edge lineup is the Sport. Unlike the others, this trim comes with only one mechanical setup: a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine and standard all-wheel drive. A six-speed automatic transmission is in every Edge model.

Comfort amenities make up the bulk of the differences between the three primary trims. Keep an eye out for available packages – these can often add upgrades for a smaller upcharge than moving to the next trim level. For example, start with the SEL trim and add the 201A Equipment Group for $2,910 to get the superior infotainment system and heated leather seats. You’ll end up with almost the same level of amenities as the Titanium trim for about $1,100 less.

Ford Edge SE

The Edge SE is the base trim. Starting at $29,200, this SUV comes with a 4.2-inch color infotainment display, the SYNC interface with limited voice commands, a USB port, Bluetooth, smartphone app integration, a proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, and Ford MyKey (a safety system for teen drivers).

Ford Edge SEL

With an MSRP of $31,955, the Edge SEL is a great value. Standard features include dual-zone automatic climate control, rear parking sensors, a 10-way power-adjustable driver's seat, a six-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and satellite radio.

Ford Edge Titanium

Leather-trimmed seats and ambient lighting instantly set the Edge Titanium ($35,930) apart in this group. It also comes with the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen that recognizes swipe and pinch gestures, enhanced smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, a 12-speaker Sony audio system, HD Radio, and two USB ports. Both front seats feature heat and 10-way power adjustments, and a hands-free liftgate is added.

Ford Edge Sport

As the most athletic of the bunch, the $40,675 Edge Sport gets a few performance upgrades, such as a sport-tuned suspension system. Its leather-trimmed seats boast perforated suede cloth inserts, and accents like aluminum pedal covers and polished stainless steel exhaust tips add to its distinguished look. Many of the Titanium's standard features are also included.

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 Ford Edge is an appealing vehicle for families that have outgrown a Ford Escape or Ford Focus but don't need something as large as the Ford Explorer. Start with the SEL trim for an excellent value, or step up to the Titanium model for swanky styling and a lower price than a Lincoln MKX.

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

  • "Finding a SUV that's great for family duty but is still easy to drive and pleasing to own can be tough, but the 2018 Ford Edge may fit the bill. Though it might not have the third row of a larger SUV, the Edge still has plenty of cargo space and passenger space. It's also still relatively easy to park and gets superior fuel economy compared to those larger models." -- Edmunds
  • "The 2017 Ford Edge midsize crossover has all the quality, space, equipment, ability and crash test scores to make it a top choice. It's based on the same platform as the excellent Fusion midsize sedan, which means it can blend a smooth ride with a sizable chunk of athleticism. And the whole vehicle is so well executed that it might even sway buyers who were considering the Edge-based Lincoln MKX." -- Autotrader (2017)
  • "If you want a roomy, versatile 2-row crossover SUV with the latest safety and tech equipment, the Ford Edge is a smart choice. Notable features include an automatic emergency braking system and a power tailgate that rises with the swipe of a foot." -- Kelley Blue Book (2017)

Buying

Expert Advice

Last Updated: October 4, 2018

Steady Sales: Sales of the Ford Edge sit in the top third of the midsize SUV 2018 sales race and are holding steady. In comparison to this point in 2017, sales of the Edge are down 3.7 percent. However, the class-leading corporate brother, the Ford Explorer, is outselling the Edge nearly 2 to 1.

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