The 2021 Ford Edge is not new. And even though it has been in the Ford catalogue for a few years, it continues to fulfill its mission with elegance and efficiency. The many, sometimes minute, modifications made for 2021 make it even more attractive to those who want a comfortable vehicle with undeniable qualities.
Physically, the Ford Edge hardly changed; neither the shape nor the dimensions of the vehicle have been altered. More particularly, it retains its easily recognizable grille and its slightly stocky proportions, which gives it a look of solidity and refinement. The only real aesthetic evolution is the introduction of a range of wheels from 18 to 20 inches on the standard versions to 21 inches on the ST version. Alloy, bright or brushed aluminum wheels validate the modern look of this mid-size SUV.
To power this Ford Edge, Ford relies on two turbocharged engines from the Ecoboost family. Most versions use a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that provides 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque. But a more dynamic, more muscular version is also part of the Edge’s catalogue. It’s the ST version, equipped with a 2.7-litre V6 that delivers 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque.
This type of engine provides effortless and satisfying accelerations, especially when paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission renowned for its smoothness.
The basic Edge SE is only offered in all-wheel drive. To opt for a front-wheel-drive version, you would have to go to the SEL, which offers both options. The next model up, the new ST-Line, is also available with front-wheel or all-wheel drive; however, it still doesn’t provide all the power of the most dynamic Edge model despite its name. Instead, it boasts an attractive package but doesn’t have the more powerful engine of the ST. The all-wheel-drive-only Titanium version complements the 2.0L engine lineup, while the V6-powered ST is also all-wheel-drive-only.
The switch from SE to SEL adds features such as an auto-dimming mirror, remote starter, power heated front seats (with three heat settings), roof rails, a reverse gear detection system in addition to the standard rearview camera, and an exterior entry keypad. This can become handy if you don’t want to carry your key to the beach or on your hike. Opt for the Titanium model, and you’ll get a hands-free tailgate, power steering column, wireless phone charging, premium sound system, leather seats and a few more bells and whistles.
In the Ford Edge, the interior is designed for comfort and space. It’s got plenty of room and plenty of accessories; more specifically, a touch screen houses the Sync 4 system that has long been recognized as one of the best in the industry. And since this is the latest update of the most advanced system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included, as is Bluetooth connectivity.
And when it comes to safety, the Ford Edge also stands out: all models are equipped with the Ford Co-Pilot360. This package includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Departure Assist, Emergency Front Brake with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic High Beams. A more refined version, the CoPilot 360 Plus, is also available as an option. It adds numerous other driver assistance features that enhance occupant safety.
For 2021, the Ford Edge showcases mainly comfort features, such as a heated steering wheel to the Titanium model or acoustic windows that improve soundproofing on all versions. That attracts attention! But no matter which version you choose, the 2021 Ford Edge continues to combine comfort and fun and can even add performance. How many other family SUVs can say the same?