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2018 Ford Edge Review

The 2018 Ford Edge has lively handling, capable engine options, lots of cargo space, and a high-end cabin with plenty of room. All of these help it rank in the top half of the midsize SUV class.

Pros & Cons

  • Good safety scores
  • Spacious, quiet cabin
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Smooth and balanced ride
  • Transmission hesitates to downshift

Rankings & Awards

The 2018 Ford Edge's #5 ranking is based on its score within the 2018 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2018 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money award and the winner of our 2018 Best 2-Row SUV for Families award. Currently the Ford Edge has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.6
Performance: 8.6
Interior: 8.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 9.5
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2018 Ford Edge Overview

Is the 2018 Ford Edge a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the Ford Edge is a great midsize SUV. In fact, it won our 2018 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money and 2018 Best 2-Row SUV for Families awards.

The Edge has many strengths:

  • Lots of cargo space for a two-row SUV
  • Sharp steering, strong brakes, and minimal body lean give it agile handling
  • Great fuel economy estimates for the class
  • Spacious and upscale cabin
  • Upgraded SYNC 3 infotainment system is responsive and easy to use

On the flip side, some of the Edge’s drawbacks include:

  • Its transmission can hesitate to downshift
Why You Can Trust Us

Our goal is to provide you with the information you need to make car shopping a breeze. You'll find everything you need to know about this vehicle in our comprehensive Ford Edge review. It combines concrete data (like predicted reliability ratings, crash test results, and cargo space dimensions) with professional evaluations from 28 automotive sources. This Ford Edge review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which ran from the 2015 through 2019 model years.

We’ve been reviewing cars since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive experience. We also award the Best Cars for the Money, Best Cars for Families, and Best Vehicle Brands on an annual basis. To ensure our impartiality, a third party handles our advertising, and we don't accept expensive gifts from automakers.

How Much Is the 2018 Ford Edge?

Based on listings for the 2018 Ford Edge on our site, the average list price is $26,100, which is low for the class. Prices range from $22,000 to $33,200 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Ford Edge Cost to Own?

The 2018 Edge’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $23,570, or $4,714 per year. That’s slightly below average for the midsize SUV class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Edge?

Ford refreshed the Edge for 2019, updating its exterior and interior styling. The Co-Pilot360 suite of safety features became standard as well. It includes a pre-collision warning and braking system, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, and lane keep assist. Ford also replaced the Edge’s six-speed automatic transmission with an eight-speed for 2019. The new Edge is marginally more fuel-efficient as well, with city fuel economy estimates increasing by 2 mpg. Some shoppers will find all those updates worthwhile, but others might consider saving money with a used vehicle.

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Ford redesigned the Edge for the 2015 model year, but most shoppers will want to stick with a 2016 model or newer. For 2016, Ford replaced the much-criticized MyFord Touch interface with the intuitive SYNC 3 infotainment system. Neither the 2017 nor 2018 Edge saw any major updates, so you might want to consider saving money by sticking with a used model.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Edge?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Edge a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Ford Edge Recalls

At the time of writing, there are three safety recalls for the 2018 Ford Edge.

  • A torque converter fail may prevent the vehicle from moving
  • Loose starter and alternator cables may increase the risk of a fire
  • Short door striker bolts may cause the doors to open during a crash

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Ford Edge Trim Is Right for Me?

The Edge comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, Titanium, and Sport. Most shoppers will want to skip the base trim and look at the SEL. It’s the first trim available with a V6 engine and several packages, as well as the user-friendly SYNC 3 infotainment system.

  • Ford Edge SE: The base Ford Edge SE has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, cloth seats, a 4.2-inch infotainment display, a USB port, Bluetooth, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a rearview camera, and Ford MyKey.
  • Ford Edge SEL: The Ford Edge SEL adds satellite radio, power-adjustable front seats, EasyFold rear seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rear parking sensors. It’s also available with several packages, so you might find SEL models with leather upholstery, heated front seats, a hands-free liftgate, the SYNC 3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, an 8-inch touch screen, a voice-activated navigation system, and a premium nine-speaker stereo.
  • Ford Edge Titanium: Titanium models feature most of the SEL’s optional equipment, minus the navigation system, which remains available. The Titanium also has a Sony 12-speaker stereo and HD Radio.
  • Ford Edge Sport: The performance-oriented Edge Sport gains a 315-horsepower 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, a sport-tuned suspension, and all-wheel drive. Otherwise, it has the same equipment and options as the Titanium.

All-wheel drive is available in every trim, though it comes standard in the Sport. A rear-seat entertainment system is available in every trim, and a panoramic sunroof and remote start are offered in all but the base SE.

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What Does Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Ford offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less and with fewer than 80,000 miles. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale date. For its certified pre-owned vehicles, Ford extends the original new-car powertrain warranty to seven years from the original sale date or 100,000 miles. These vehicles also get a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty after the original three-year/36,000-mile new-car warranty expires. Each Ford CPO vehicle must pass a 172-point inspection. Additional benefits like vehicle history reports, towing, and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Ford warranty page carefully.

Ford does not have one of the better CPO programs among affordable carmakers. According to our analysis, Chevy, GMC, Honda, Kia, and Mazda all have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Edge?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Edge the highest rating of Good in four crash tests, the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the driver-side small overlap front test, and the lowest rating of Poor for how well the headlights illuminate the road. Properly equipped models received the lowest rating of Basic for front crash prevention.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave this SUV an overall rating of five out of five stars, with five stars in frontal and side crash tests and four stars in the rollover test.

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera
  • Ford MyKey, which lets you set speed and volume limits for secondary drivers

Available advanced safety features:

  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert
  • 180-degree parking camera system
  • forward collision warning
  • automatic emergency braking
  • automatic high beams
  • rear parking sensors
  • parallel park assist
  • lane keep assist
  • adaptive cruise control

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2018 Ford Edge Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Edge or 2018 Nissan Murano?

The 2018 Nissan Murano is a good midsize SUV with an exceptionally lavish interior and lots of standard tech features. However, the Edge has more rear-seat legroom and cargo space than the Murano. It’s also more engaging out on the road. Both of these are good crossover SUVs. Stick with the Ford for its spirited driving, or pick the Nissan for its luxury.

Which Is Better: 2018 Ford Edge or 2018 Kia Sorento?

The 2018 Kia Sorento stands out in the class for its relaxed ride, high safety and predicted reliability ratings, and elegant cabin. The Sorento can be equipped with a third row of seats, though space is tight back there. All of its engine options provide ample power for most driving scenarios. Buying the Sorento costs about $4,000 less than buying an Edge, on average. The Edge has sharper handling, but if that’s not important to you, go with the Sorento.

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2018 Edge Performance

How Does the 2018 Edge Drive?

The base turbocharged engine in the Edge is capable enough for daily driving, but those seeking more power will be happier with one of the V6 engines. The twin-turbo V6 in the Sport trim feels especially powerful and helps this vehicle accelerate rapidly. Some critics knocked the six-speed automatic for hesitating to downshift.

This crossover has a composed ride, driving more like a car than a bulky SUV. Braking and steering are controlled, there’s minimal lean around corners, and the suspension works to give the Edge a gentle ride.

  • Base engine: turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 245 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque
  • Available engines:  
    • 3.5-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque
    • 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 with 315 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: six-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Edge Get Good Gas Mileage?

The base Edge gets great fuel economy for the class. Gas mileage drops for models with larger engines.

  • 2.0-liter, FWD: 20/29 mpg city/highway
  • 2.0-liter, AWD: 20/27 mpg
  • 3.5-liter, FWD: 17/26 mpg
  • 3.5-liter, AWD: 17/23 mpg
  • 2.7-liter, AWD: 17/24 mpg
2018 Ford Edge Towing Capacity

When properly equipped, the Edge can tow up to 3,500 pounds.

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2018 Edge Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Edge Seat?

This two-row SUV seats five people. Entering and exiting the back row is easy, and both rows have a generous amount of space, with plenty of head- and legroom. The cabin is attractive and full of soft-touch materials.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery

Available seating features:

  • leather upholstery
  • heated and ventilated front seats
  • 10-way power-adjustable front seats
  • leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel
  • heated rear outboard seats
How Many Child Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Ford Edge?

This SUV has two complete sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats, as well as a third tether anchor for the rear middle seat, which can borrow a lower anchor from either side. The whole setup received the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2018 Ford Edge Features

The base SYNC system works fine, but the upgraded SYNC 3 system draws praise for its ease of use. The touch screen is responsive, and there are plenty of physical controls, as well as available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 4.2-inch display, Ford's SYNC interface, a USB port, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker stereo
  • Available infotainment features: the SYNC 3 infotainment system, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, voice-activated navigation system, HD Radio, satellite radio, a nine-speaker audio system, a 12-speaker Sony stereo, and a second USB port
  • Additional standard features: proximity keyless entry and push-button start
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, a panoramic sunroof, and remote start

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2018 Ford Edge Dimensions

Ford Edge Cargo Space

This Ford has 39.2 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and a total of 73.4 cubic feet with them folded down. Those figures are above average for the midsize SUV class, eclipsing rivals such as the two-row Hyundai Santa Fe Sport. A hands-free liftgate is available in the Edge.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Ford Edge Length and Weight
  • Length: 15 feet, 7 inches
  • Curb weight: 3,928 to 4,081 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Ford Edge Built?

Ford built the 2018 Edge in Ontario.

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