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2021 Ford Edge Review: Expected Release Date, Prices, MPG, And Performance

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John Bedrow

Automotive Journalist June 30, 2020 at 07:31 AM
The last major update in 2015 was strong enough to push the Ford Edge as the most stylish and fun-to-drive product in its class. It still is a wonderful machine to drive but successive carry-overs apart from minor updates do make it a bit dated today. Disappointingly, the 2021 Ford Edge wouldn’t bring anything new to the table, pushing away our “fresh” optimism one year further.

Right from its launch in 2007, the Ford Edge has held up to its somewhat niche positioning in the market. Well, it is a compact SUV, but one that sits between the premium and luxury family. It has been an ideal companion for those looking for something more premium and better than a conventional compact-SUV without a very heavy premium. Over the years, the Ford Edge has undergone several changes, polishing its skills further and is currently in its second-generation, launched in 2015. 

A near luxury fit and finish, sedan-like driveability, plenty of interior space and tech and good efficiency have been the core attributes of the Ford edge. With the ST-line being introduced in 2020, it now also has some wild blood in its veins. Reshuffled with some upgraded features in 2020, the Edge is now desperately looking for a major overhaul. However, Ford seems to have some different plans altogether. Somewhere towards the end of this year, Ford is expected to launch the 2021 Ford Escape, but again with no changes again. Here we take a closer look at what the 2021 Ford Edge could look like. 

Pros

  • Diverse powertrain options
  • Comfortable yet spacious interiors
  • Well-insulated cabin
  • Disciplined on-road manners

Cons

  • Dated interior layout
  • Lazy transmission
  • Over-sensitive to bumps and road imperfections
  • Thick pillars and blind-spots

What's New

  • No significant changes for 2021

What to expect in the engine department?

With no mechanical changes, we will get to see the familiar power source under the hood of the 2021 Ford Edge. A 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 cranking up 245 hp and 275 ft-lbs in all the standard trims. However, the 335 hp, 2.7-liter turbo V6 shall still continue to roar in the 2021 Ford Edge ST. Even the 8-speed automatic transmission shall continue with its operations in 2021. 

Optimized for best of both worlds, the base 2.0-liter turbo offers good punch and linear power along with decent efficiency. It might not be exhilarating, but thanks to its sharp steering and sport-tweaked mechanics that results in better driving fun than its rivals. For some hot pursuits on the go, you do have the 335 hp V6 that can help the Edge ST race from 0-60 in under 6.0 seconds. The 8-speed auto does a fair job of smoothly transferring all the power to the wheels though but feels a bit reluctant to shift at times. 

Models

2021 Ford Edge

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Nissan Murano

Base MSRP

$32,500 (est)

$31,990

$32,150

$31,530

Engine

2.0-liter turbo Inline-4

3.5-liter V6

3.6-liter V6

3.5-liter V6

Transmission

8-speed automatic

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

CVT

Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

245 @ 5500

280 @ 6000

295 @ 6400

260 @ 6000

Torque (ft-lbs @ rpm)

275 @ 3000

262 @ 4700

260 @ 4000

240 @ 4400 

The Ford Edge’s pricing pitches it against the likes of Honda Passport, Jeep grand Cherokee and Nissan Murano. Among the competition, the edge certainly seems short on power with the only one without a V6 in its base model. However, its punchy engine and athletic handling outshine the performance and driving experience of all its rivals. The available V6 of the Edge ST on the other hand is not only more efficient but is also more powerful than that of its rivals. 

How many miles to the gallon will the 2021 Ford Edge deliver?

No mechanical changes at all, the 2021 Ford Edge will continue to delight buyers with its familiar fuel efficiency. Thanks to its efficiency tuned powertrain, the Ford Edge delivers an overwhelming fuel efficiency. The 2020 Ford Edge returns 25 mpg combined economy, which is better than all of its competitors. The 2021 Edge too is expected to deliver the exact same figures.

Models

2021 Ford Edge

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Nissan Murano

MPG (city)

22

20

19

20

MPG (highway)

29

25

26

28

MPG (combined)

25

22

21

23

Fuel tank capacity (gallons)

18.5

19.5

24.6

19.0

Range (city/highway in miles)

407.0/536.5

390.0/487.5

467.4/639.6

380.0/532.0 

However, the Edge’s fuel economy seems respectable only with the base 2.0-liter engine. With the witty V6 on the ST model, its economy drops down to 21 mpg. Considering the V6 engine among each of the vehicles here, the Nissan Murano outshines others with its 23 mpg combined. Thanks to the Murano’s lighter body than the rest and a very efficient CVT transmission.

What to expect from the 2021 Ford Edge interior?

The interiors of the current 2020 Ford Edge might seem a bit dated but compared to its rivals, it still seems a better place to be. Hate it or like it, with no refreshment on board, the 2021 Ford Edge shall greet you with the almost same ambience. Step inside a 2020 Ford Edge and you will be greeted by a clean yet a bit old-school layout. However, the build-quality and nicely selected materials throughout the cabin do account for an upscale vibe. 

The available two-tone theme and soft-touch leather further pour-in to the feel-good ambience. No dearth of amenities either. Automatic climate-control, up to 8-way power adjustable front seats with power lumbar support and heated functionality are available across the lineup. You also get leather upholstery, interior air filtration and reclining rear seats.

While the cloth seating surfaces in the lower models could get harsh over long journeys, the leather upholstery feels very soft and comfortable. The seats themselves are wide and nicely padded along with very good bolstering and lumbar support. 

Models

2021 Ford Edge

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Nissan Murano

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.2/60.3/42.6

40.1/62.0/40.9

39.9/58.7/40.3

39.9/59.5/40.5

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in.)

40.3/60.5/40.6

40.1/61.9/39.6

39.2/58.0/38.6

39.8/58.9/38.7

Cargo capacity (cu-fts)

39.2

41.2

36.3

32.1

Where the Ford Edge truly shines brighter than its rivals is its interior space. With best in class headroom and legroom at both the benches, the Ford Edge has a significant edge over its competitors. Disappointingly though, the case is not the same with its cargo space. The Edge’s cargo space of 39.2 cu-fts falls just short of the Honda Passport’s 41.2 cu-fts. Not by a very great margin though.

What to expect on the Infotainment and connectivity front.

The Sync 3 infotainment system in the 2020 Ford Edge sh

all also sit firmly in the 2021 Ford Edge. The system houses an 8.0-inch touchscreen display that comes standard with Apple Carplay, Android Auto and a WiFi hotspot. The system also supports Bluetooth and USB connectivity along with voice-activated controls. Baes on your trim of choice you could also have a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen premium brand speakers.

The infotainment system itself though is not as good as its competitors. Its user-interface looks and feels dated which often gets quite uninviting to use. The system’s responses too are not the most active ones in the segment. Aunty update to the infotainment system in the 2021 model should certainly add some extra points to the edge’s table. However, this doesn't seem to be happening soon.

Will there be any changes to the exterior of the 2021 Ford Edge?

Unlike the rather civilized and well-groomed exterior silhouette of its rivals, the current 2020 Ford Edge wears a lot more aggression up its sleeves. It does have the most compact proportions among the lot which are highlighted by curved edges all-around. Nothing striking and it still has a certain conservative tint into it. Thanks to its 2019 refresh that brought a lot more relevance and freshness to its exterior styling. 

With no major updates on the cards, the 2021 Ford Edge shall still flaunt its now aging outfit. However, compare it to its rivals and it still does look sharp and stylish. A short and high bonnet highlighted by wide signature Ford grille alongside slim LED headlamps give it an aggressive stance from the front. Large wheel-arches, muscular shoulders and chrome-highlighted window line at the side add up to its bold and premium appeal. At the rear things are clean with slim tail lamps integrated by a led bar along with a roof-spoiler and metallic dual exhaust tips. 

Model

2021 Ford Edge

2020 Honda Passport

2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee

2020 Nissan Murano

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3958

3959

4513

3823

Length (in.)

188.8

190.5

189.8

192.8

Width (in.)

75.9

78.6

76.5

75.4

Height (in.)

68.3

71.6

69.3

67.8

Ground Clearance (in.)

8.0

7.5

8.6

6.9

Wheelbase (in.)

112.2

111.0

114.7

111.2

The even more aggressive ST is highlighted by plentiful black accents; in the grille, rims, rear as well as window line, for some added sporty intent. Overall, the 2020 Ford Edge does look relevantly stylish in 2020 (not the most trendy for sure). Among its rivals, the Nissan Murano sets itself apart with its flashy and stylish exterior design. The other two, i;e, the Grand Cherokee and Passport carry a rather “conventional crossover” sheet with their humble lines.

What about the safety features and ratings?

One specific area where the Ford Edge receives very good grades is in the safety and reliability department. With its wide array of standard safety features, the GFord edge has been one of the safest cars in its segment. Even the base trims come with a very healthy suite of safety assistance features. 

With no changes whatsoever, the 2021 Ford Edge should also continue to ensure your utmost peace of mind, while on the move. No wonder, the 2020 Ford edge was recognized as a Top Safety Pick by IIHS and awarded 5-star safety ratings by NHTSA. Some of the highlighted safety features of the 2020 Ford Edge are listed below:

Highlighted Safety Features

  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Post-collision braking
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • 180-degree parking camera system
  • Front and rear parking sensors with automatic park assist

Verdict

The Ford Edge is certainly the best driving vehicle in its class. If you are looking for a muscular and spacious compact-SUV with a strong sense of premiumness in it, but you also want to avoid the conventional league, the Ford Edge is the perfect fit for you. It has a pair of punchy engines, handles like a much smaller car, looks good, has a near-luxury fit and finish and is fuel efficient as well. 

FAQs

Is the Ford edge a good car?

The Ford Edge is a very good premium compact-SUV for sure. In its class, the Ford Edge offers the best cabin space and interior fit and finish which is close to luxury. It is also efficient, has a punchy set of engine options, comes loaded with plenty of technology and is also the best driving car in its segment.

Is Ford discontinuing the Edge?

Not really. The Ford Edge is an important product for the American giant and it also has a very special positioning in its lineup. Not been updated for a while, the 2021 Edge will again be a carry over model, but recognizing the design strategy and policy of recent Ford and Lincoln products, the Edge might just be due for a major overhaul that we expect very soon. 

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