2020 Ford Edge Titanium AWD: Beautiful, Bad Ass and Brawny

17 Oct 2020 | 384 views | No Comment
  By Don Hammonds If only all SUVs were as distinctive and full of personality as the Ford Edge. The Edge, which represents the pizzazz side of Ford's SUV lineup, is  terrific to drive, easy on the eye, truly comfortable and accommodating to passengers, and, especially with the ST-Line version, has a performance personality all its own.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is the SUV for people who cannot stand SUVs, their blandness and awkwardness on the road. [caption id="attachment_11180" align="alignnone" width="558"] 2020 Ford Edge ST-Line[/caption]   Ours was a gorgeous maroon Titanium version with chrome wheels, and looked like a million dollars on the road.  What really impressed me was the quiet strength of the Edge, along with its ruggedness and sense of assurance on the road. Let's take a closer look:   Model Tested: 2020 Ford Edge Titanium AWD SUV Price: $47,480 Performance: Pretty strong, I thought. It accelerated crisply when asked to, and the handling was stable and brakes were quite effective without being overly sensitive. Economy: The Edge gets 23 miles per gallon overall, 21 city and 28 highway. It takes 4.3 gallons of gasoline to drive 100 miles.  You will spend $1,250 more in fuel costs over five years compared to the average new vehicle.   Your annual fuel cost will be about $1,750 a year over five years, based on driving 15,000 miles per year at $2.70 a gallon gasoline. The car: To be honest, though Ford has a pretty strong lineup of SUVs that are strong sellers, none of them have a sense of charisma or design interest about them.  But then again, you could say the same thing about SUVs from other brands--there's only so much you can do with a box, right? But that's why style, personality and presentation are strong points for the Edge.  With its muscular profile and ambiance, its aggressively forward roofline, and its menacing grille, the Edge lets everyone around you know that you have vehicular swagger.  And that's something you can't say about many other SUVs. But the Edge is practical too.  It is so stable and rugged that it gives you a sense of utter security when driving it or riding in it.  Never once did the car feel unstable or uncomfortable, nor did I ever experience poor handling.
       As you might expect, safety equipment is quite plentiful on the Edge. There is AdvanceTrac with RSC; Adaptive Control, Evasive Steering Assist, Personal Safety System, SOS Post Crash Alert System; airbags galore, and individual  individual tire pressure monitoring system, and Enhanced Active Park Assist.
      Ford's Edge is a sporty, stylish mid-sized SUV for those who are looking for some dash, individuality, and enticing design in their wheels, rather than simply buy yet another boxy, anonymous SUV.  You can seat five people in it quite comfortably, and we suspect it would be a dandy ride if used for long distance trips.
And unlike some other brands, the Edge's model lineup versions all have unique personality, styling and interior touches. The 2020 Ford Edge is a midsize SUV that can seat five. You can have yours equipped with all wheel or front wheel drive--choice is up to you. The SE is your entry level model, but calm down--it's still pretty classy looking and won't give away its  role as a starter Edge.  If there are just a few items you want to add, you might want to look at the SEL model.  If you want a really tough looking, built for speed Edge, you will surely want to see the cool ST-Line version, especially those in s shade of electric blue with black-painted wheels. Awesome!
         Now, let's look at the equipment that you get as standard.
Engine-wise, there are two choices. If you get all but the superhot Edge ST-Line, your car will be equipped with a  turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine which produces 250 horsepower comes on most models, and it's paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission with front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. The ST-Line model only has a distinct engine of its own, a twin-turbocharged, 335 horsepower  2.7-liter V6, using an eight-speed transmission and all-wheel drive.
The SE model has as standard equipment: 18-inch wheels, reclining rear seatbacks, rearview camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a six-speaker sound system, and Sync 3 infotainment with an 8-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports, and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration. You also get as standard equipment such necessary safety items as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning and automatic braking. Step up to the SEL and you get as standard equipment--in addition to what you get with the SE--things like simulated leather upholstery, a power-adjustable front passenger seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. By now, given that its fall and the 2021 models are rolling into dealerships, you will also get an equipment package that up until now was optional--and now its standard. It includes roof rails, heated front seats, imitation leather upholstery and an upgraded sound system . The SEL also has some other items that are optional that apparently you can't get on the SE: a hands-free liftgate, navigation, and advanced driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and evasive steering assist. And now comes the way cool ST model that I talked about earlier.  In addition to getting a twin-turbocharged 2.7 liter, 335 horsepower V6, you will get 20-inch wheels, black-painted exterior trim, faux suede seat inserts and red stitching throughout the cabin. Its options mirror those available on the SEL. Then there is our gorgeous test model: The Titanium. Your standard equipment list starts withg everything that is found on the SEL along with 19-inch wheels, noise-reducing front windows, front parking sensors, the hands-free liftgate, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery, front sport seats, ambient cabin lighting, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system. Options include the SEL's safety suite, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and an automated parking system. Finally, the Edge ST is the enthusiast's choice, not least for its turbo V6 engine, sport-tuned suspension and sharper steering. It starts with the SEL's features, but you also get as standard equipment, 20-inch wheels, leather and suede-like seating, sport-themed interior trim, and the 12-speaker audio system. Features from the Titanium trim are available here. You can also get the ST Performance brake package, which includes 21-inch wheels, larger front brake rotors, performance brake pads and summer performance tires.
3 year/36,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty, and a five year,/60,000 mile powertrain warranty.

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