2021 Ford Edge Gains Standard SYNC 4A With Updated Touchscreen

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, Automotive Editor - October 29, 2020

Now entering its sixth model year, the 2021 Ford Edge is a relatively old midsize SUV on the market. While six years isn’t that bad, especially as the Edge was refreshed in 2019, it is bad when automakers are introducing new or redesigned models roughly every few years. To help the Edge remain competitive against newer rivals that have more tech, Ford is giving the 2021 model a large upgrade in the form of standard SYNC 4A and a 12-inch vertical touchscreen.

At that size, it’s very unlikely that you’ll miss the new addition. Ford claims the 12-inch unit is the largest one available in the segment. The Jeep Grand Cherokee has the second-largest screen that measures in at 8.4 inches. The standard for the class is an 8-inch touchscreen, which you’ll find on the Chevrolet Blazer, Nissan Murano, Honda Passport, and the Hyundai Santa Fe. While the screen is impressive, Ford’s SYNC 4A system is equally so.

Ford Edge

The infotainment system brings wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, over-the-air updates, and split-screen capability. Ford claims SYNC 4A also has cloud connectivity that, in the automaker’s words, combines conversational voice recognition along with internet-based search results. The end result is constant access to all of your questions, like knowing what the best coffee shop near you is. The infotainment system will also make suggestions to drivers, though Ford didn’t provide an example of what that might sound like.

The other few changes with the SYNC 4A systems are a digital owner’s manual and two USB ports, one of which is a USB-C. Navigation is available, bringing traffic and hazard information, along with data on available parking spots, local gas prices, and weather.

With SYNC 4A and the massive touchscreen coming as standard, we expect pricing to increase from 2020. Last year’s model starts at $32,345 including destination. Our best guess is that the 2021 model will go up by at least $1,000, seeing as how cutting-edge the infotainment system is. While the Edge is in need of a complete overhaul, the new screen and SYNC 4A infotainment system should help the SUV stay relevant for a little while longer.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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