The most noteworthy changes for the 2021 Ford Edge involve technology. A generous 12-inch infotainment touchscreen is now standard on all models. The system runs Ford’s latest SYNC software, and it adds extra USB ports for second-row passengers. Other upgrades include additional sound deadening for a quieter ride, more wheel options, and a couple of new exterior colors.
Choosing Your Ford Edge
The 2021 Edge comes in five trims: SE, SEL, ST-Line, Titanium, and ST. Prices start at $32,495 (after destination fees) for a base model, but the sporty Edge ST starts at around $45,000.
The Edge is available with two engines, but the majority of models at dealerships will stick to the base unit. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option, and all-wheel drive costs about $2,000 extra on most trims.
|Engine Type||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|2.0L Turbocharged 4-Cylinder||250 hp||275 lb-ft||24 mpg (FWD), 23 mpg (AWD|
|3.0L Twin-Turbo V6||335 hp||380 lb-ft||21 mpg|
The V-6 is reserved for the pricey ST trim, which also comes with standard all-wheel drive. The extra power hurts fuel economy, but it helps the Edge ST cover the 0-60 sprint in under six seconds.
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Every Edge model seats five, and there’s no option for a third row. Cabin space is ample, and second-row passengers enjoy more than 40 inches of legroom. If you need a third-row option, you may want to consider a Ford Explorer.
Cargo capacity starts at 39.2 cubic feet, and folding the second row opens it up to 73.4. That’s fairly good for the class, although it still falls short of standouts like the Honda Passport.
As a family SUV, the Edge makes safety a priority. Every model comes with automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors. Adaptive cruise control is available on SEL trims and above. The Edge earned positive results in federal and independent crash testing, and the IIHS bestowed a Top Safety Pick award.
The new 12-inch infotainment system is generous compared to most competitors. It’s compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both of which can work wireless.
Also included are voice recognition, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and four USB ports. Wireless charging, navigation, and Bang & Olufsen sound are on the options list.
As the cheapest member of the family, the Edge SE sticks to the basics. Seats are upholstered in cloth and adjusted manually. In addition to the above safety and infotainment features, the SE comes with rear parking sensors, automatic high beams, and push-button start. The exterior gets LED taillights and 18-inch aluminum wheels.
All-wheel drive is optional, but that’s about it. Aside from the usual accessories of roof racks and cargo nets, the SE doesn’t allow much customization.
For a relatively modest price increase, the SEL trim adds some welcome creature comforts. Front seats are heated and power-adjustable, and the second row gets an easy-release mechanism for folding. Seats are upholstered in synthetic leather, and the steering wheel gets the real thing. Keyless entry, heated side mirrors, and LED fog lights are also included.
The Edge SEL opens up more packages as well. Adaptive cruise control comes in the Co-Pilot360 Assist+ bundle, along with evasive steering assist and navigation. The Convenience Package adds wireless charging, remote start, and a power liftgate. Standalone options include a heated steering wheel and a power panoramic sunroof.
The ST-Line is a hybrid of the SEL and ST trims. In features and performance, it’s nearly identical to the SEL, but it borrows the aesthetic of the sporty ST. That means blacked-out exterior accents, a honeycomb grille, and exclusive badging. The wheels grow to 20 inches, and the features in the Convenience Package come standard.
The Edge Titanium starts at the same price as the ST-Line, but it puts the money toward luxury rather than looks. LED headlights come standard, and sport seats are upholstered in leather. The interior gets ambient lighting, satin accents, a heated steering wheel, and a premium sound system. A hands-free liftgate and rain-sensing wipers round out the upgrades.
To max out the opulence, the Lux Package adds the remaining safety features in addition to adaptive headlights, perforated leather, heated rear seats, and ventilated front seats. Aside from upgraded wheels, little is left on the options list.
The Edge ST is the sporty member of the family. In addition to the more powerful engine, it comes with bucket seats and a stiffer suspension. Features mirror the Titanium trim, with the additional options of 21-inch wheels and upgraded brakes.
The ST is zippy, but the price of entry is high. We’d stick to the SEL for the best value, and add all-wheel drive or convenience features as necessary.