2019 Ford Edge Walk Around

The styling is uncluttered and spare, and gently BMW X5-ish, especially in the back, whether that’s deliberate or not. Its reserve is unique in the Ford family of six SUVs, which is definitely deliberate.

Its good looks are generic. Edge designers go along with some of the more popular global design themes, while avoiding the trendy ones. No floating roof panels here. The six-sided grille could come from a European carmaker.

The elements fit together smoothly. The pillars are substantial but not too thick, the glass is rakish but not extreme, and the grille doesn’t try to make the Edge look like either a truck or a wagon.

On the ST, black trim runs down the sills and gloss-black wheels stand out in a subtle but still striking kind of way. We would say they make the Edge look lower, but at 20 or 21 inches, that’s not possible. If they were chrome, it would look ridiculous.


The cabin has been dressed up, without drama, no lush layers of wood like on the Mercedes GLC. The mix of tightly grained black plastic and brushed metallic trim is smooth, if less distinctive than before. The best part might be a return to knobs and switches, after a fling with touch-swipe controls in the prior version.

Ford’s latest Sync 3 infotainment system is a major improvement over past MyFord Touch systems. It’s easier to operate, has better voice recognition, and more streamlined menus, although its low screen resolution is disappointing.

There’s ample storage for small things, although it’s not convenient everywhere. A bin behind and under the climate controls is hard to reach. The door pockets are deep but a bit narrow, so it takes a skinny arm to reach bottom; same for the center console, which might be perfect for flowers in a vase. Inside, there’s with wireless phone charging on some models.

The cloth seats in the SE could use more bolstering and leg support in the front buckets, and thicker cushions front and rear, where headroom is tight for taller people, largely because the seat is raised for better forward visibility.

The Titanium and especially the ST seats are much better. The ST sport seats are power-adjustable, and snug up around the driver and front passenger.

The step-in height is fine, and rear door openings are wide. The three-person flat rear bench allows the middle passenger to slide across easily, although contour in the rear seat will be missed on long trips. Some padding at the front under the lower thighs make it more comfortable than the bench in the middle row of the larger Explorer.

With no third row, the rear passengers have very good leg and foot room. The available panoramic roof will bring down headroom when it’s closed, but the reclining backrests help.

There’s plenty of space inside for five passengers with cargo; behind the rear seat there’s 39.2 cubic feet, and it folds nearly flat to provide 73.4 cubic feet. Some rivals have clever two-level cargo floors, but the Edge doesn’t really need that.

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