Time for an update. When Ford first introduced the two-row midsize Edge, the SUV didn’t have many competitors. Now, there are around five options that are newer and better than the Edge. It’s not surprising, as the current generation of the Edge came out in 2015 and is failing to move the needle like the original SUV did in 2007.

The Edge’s largest and most prominent weakness is its age. Many of the SUV’s competitors have arrived as all-new options or have been fully redesigned in the past few years. In a segment with so many new competitors, the Edge is in desperate need of a redesign.

Top safety scores. The Edge may be old, but it comes packed with advanced safety features that you expect to see on a modern vehicle. Ford includes its Co-Pilot360 suite of advanced safety features as standard equipment on the edge. Automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, rear cross-traffic alert, pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assist, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high-beam assist, and parking sensors are standard.

The Co-Pilot360 Assist+ suite is optional, bringing adaptive cruise control, evasive steering assist, and lane centering assist. Other optional features include park assist and a front-view camera.

In the NHTSA’s testing, the 2022 Edge received a five-star overall safety rating and a five-star rating in all three of the organization’s major tests. The IIHS hasn’t crash-tested the 2022 model year yet, but the 2021 Edge earned a Top Safety Pick award. The Edge was let down by its “Acceptable” and “Poor” headlights.

Strong performance. If there’s one thing that really helps the Edge shine against the competition, it’s performance. Even the base turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder provides an impressive amount of pep. It’s rated at 250 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, which should be enough for the majority of consumers. For 2022, the Edge now comes with all-wheel drive as standard.

For consumers searching for a midsize SUV with similar pep to a hot hatchback – we don’t know who those people are – there’s the Edge ST. It features a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The ST is also available with upgraded brakes, summer-only tires, and 21-inch wheels, helping the Edge ST feel light on its feet. It’s not the sportiest SUV in the segment, but it’s close.

Most trims are a good value. The majority of the Edge’s trims offer good value. As with other vehicles, the higher up you go, the worse the value option is. With the Edge’s impressive infotainment system, there’s little reason to climb up the ladder.

Every Edge comes with a 12-inch touchscreen that’s oriented in a vertical layout. It’s the highlight of the cabin and helps the interior feel modern. The touchscreen is running Ford’s SYNC 4A infotainment system that features sharp graphics and is responsive. The infotainment system has few physical knobs and dials, which can make it tricky to use when driving. Other standard tech features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and four USB ports.

Moving up to a higher trim doesn’t bring much in the way of tech features. There’s a rich 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, navigation, and a wireless charging pad. These are nice features, though they’re not must-haves.

The best value trim in the Edge lineup is the SEL. It comes with synthetic leather upholstery, heated front seats, power-adjustable front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and heated exterior mirrors.

Final thoughts. Unless you’re after a midsize SUV with serious performance or simply like the way the 2022 Ford Edge looks, there are few reasons to purchase the vehicle. It does have impressive tech features, good safety scores, and is a strong value option, but fails to have the same upscale design, comfortable interior, or freshness as its competitors.

For a high-end option with a rugged design, serious off-roading capability, and a powerful V8 engine, there’s the Jeep Grand Cherokee. It’s fully redesigned for the 2022 model year and is now available in a three-row model.

While the Hyundai Santa Fe has a funky design, the midsize SUV has an upscale interior, high-tech features, and great fuel economy. It doesn’t offer the same level of performance as the Edge.

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