Looking for a mid-size SUV? Welcome to one of the most in-demand vehicle categories of 2021, where the sheer volume of options is enough to cause buyers a lot of confusion. With over 20 different choices, consumers may scratch their heads and wonder where to start. Well, we think you should certainly check out the 2021 Ford Edge. The name says it all because the Edge has an edge over its competition, boasting a long list of standard driver-assist safety technologies, the largest infotainment touchscreen in its class, and a roomy exterior even back seat passengers will love.
The Edge continues innovating in 2021, with an upgraded operating system and special sound dampening windows that transform the cabin into an oasis. Drivers can enjoy the latest connectivity capability and easy one-touch access to smartphone media, like podcasts and playlists. Drivers also get to reap the benefits of Ford's standard Co-Pilot360 safety system. Available in five distinctive trims, the 2021 Edge starts at an estimated MSRP of $32,495.
Because it has two rows of seating, the Edge is among the most comfortable mid-size SUVs in its class, particularly for rear-seat passengers. Some manufacturers elect to shoehorn a third row of seats in the cabin, but the Edge sticks to two, allowing for room to spread out and enjoy the ride, as well as 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear seats flat, and that number jumps to 73.4 cubic feet, plenty of room for a weekend trip to the local home store. The 2021 Ford Edge is an excellent choice for buyers looking for a reliable, upscale midsize SUV. It's designed to drive well around town and on the highway, as well as surround the driver and passengers with all the latest tech.
The 2021 Ford Edge is a class leader in technology. This is no more evident than its standard 12-inch infotainment touchscreen. Yes, it's the largest touchscreen in its class, but it's also the gateway to Ford's latest Sync 4A operating system, making it lightning-fast and easy to operate. Sync 4A is a processor that powers the Edge's electronics and puts the focus on a driver-friendly interface that puts information and entertainment just a touchscreen away.
Starting with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, the Sync 4A system converts the touchscreen into a control center. Easily stream the latest podcast or a Spotify playlist with a simple one-touch command. The system automatically receives updates over the air, so it's always running the most current version. Sync 4A also displays important vehicle information, such as driving range and reminders for routine maintenance.
Natural voice control means no shouting or repeating when issuing verbal commands. The system is designed to recognize conversational tones, so voice-to-text is correct the first time, and commands are understood easily. This keeps drivers focused on the road while information is exchanged seamlessly. When equipped with navigation, the Edge's touchscreen transforms into an interactive map, with clearly-displayed turn-by-turn directions and voice prompts that help drivers find their destination without ever turning their eyes away from the road ahead. It's not just navigation; the system also posts current weather and traffic conditions, alerting drivers to potential hazards ahead.
While the 2021 Ford Edge is a great daily driver, it's also a powerful performance SUV. This SUV provides customers with the power they want at a great price. Depending on the trim and engine you select, the Edge is capable of delivering up to 335 horsepower and a zero-to-sixty speed of just 6.1 seconds. That power matches well with up to 380 lb-ft of torque and a maximum towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Even the base model Edge delivers plenty of power, thanks to a turbocharged 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine. Rated at 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, this highly-efficient four-cylinder motor uses direct injection to efficiently deliver fuel to a twin-scroll turbocharger that burns it more efficiently while simultaneously delivering more power. Twin-scroll turbochargers allow automakers to build smaller, more efficient engines without sacrificing performance because they route exhaust in an alternating sequence. Previous single-scroll turbochargers performed this task much less efficiently.
Upgrade to the 2021 Ford Edge ST, and you'll get the exciting twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost engine, rated the most powerful gas V6 in its class. It's a lightweight motor, made of graphite iron and aluminum, puts out 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque that delivers even more performance in Sport mode, which drivers can select with the simple push of a button on the transmission knob. Choose the available ST Performance Brake Package and add 21-inch wheels, front and rear vented disc brakes, special red brake calipers, and more.
The Ford Edge ST comes standard with intelligent all-wheel drive and an independent front and rear suspension. Traction control is standard, as is a smooth eight-speed transmission. Torque Vectoring Control, a system that works with the all-wheel drive system to automatically adjust the amount of torque sent to each tire in order to maintain optimal traction, is also standard on the ST. With the standard Class II Trailer Tow Package, the Edge ST reaches a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs.
Ford's dynamic CoPilot360 is standard across the entire Ford Edge trim lineup. This suite of five different driver-assist systems keeps occupants safe via sensors and cameras that continuously monitor road conditions and alert drivers when potential hazards exist. Starting with the automatic high-beam headlamps, which switch from a low to high-beam setting automatically, these systems work autonomously in the background and help drivers stay safe.
Blind Spot Information System - or BLIS - with Cross-Traffic Alert is Ford's answer to stressful lane changes. The system alerts drivers before they attempt to change lanes if it detects a vehicle in its blind spot. Cross-Traffic Alert monitors the area behind the vehicle to help drivers safely back out of parking spaces and driveways using the standard rearview camera.
Ford CoPilot360 also includes a Lane-Keeping System, which utilizes alerts and gentle steering corrections to keep the car in its intended lane of traffic if it senses any drifting and the turn signal isn't engaged. If the system senses drifting more than a few times, a coffee cup icon appears on the dashboard, signaling the driver that it might be time to rest. Meanwhile, Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking scans the road ahead for potential hazards. It helps the driver avoid a collision - or minimize the impact of an imminent collision - by sending audible alerts that prompt the driver to apply the brakes or, in an imminent collision scenario, applying emergency braking automatically.