The SUV market has boomed in recent decades, with more options appearing each year. There’s an SUV for every family size, packed with plenty of technology to keep everyone entertained. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the worthy contenders on the market, but the Ford Edge remains a safe bet.
According to Consumer Reports, the Ford Edge is still one of the best SUVs to buy in 2021. It’s a midsize SUV, so it should fit most families comfortably. What makes the Edge such a great car compared to the competition?
The Ford Edge is fun to drive
The Ford Edge gets its power from a 2.0-liter turbo-four capable of 250 hp, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Edge ST has a twin-turbo V6 on tap that makes 335 hp, paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. While it’s not as fast off the starting line, CR found the base engine to be remarkably quick.
It reached 60 mph in 7.7 seconds – just as quickly as other midsize SUVs equipped with V6 engines. The transmission behaves itself for the most part, but CR found the outgoing six-speed gearbox to be more consistent. Fuel economy is great even with AWD equipped, with CR’s test Edge earning 22 mpg overall.
CR also felt that the Edge feels athletic to drive and has exceptional braking power. It exhibits controlled body lean and the suspension absorbs bumps without issue. The only thing the Edge’s well-insulated cabin can’t keep out is the low engine noise.
The Ford Edge’s accommodating interior
While driving the Ford Edge borders on luxury territory, the interior is a mixed bag. Shiny metal accents stand out, but most of the interior is filled with bulky black plastic. There’s still plenty of soft padding on the armrests and doors, but CR was turned off by many flimsy components.
Both rows are spacious enough for adult passengers, but some testers had a hard time getting situated in the driver’s seat. An uneven posture is unavoidable due to the seat structure and most drivers felt that the seat position is too high. Leg space is compromised by the center console. Blind spots are also an issue thanks to the thick roof pillars.
Still, at least the seats are supportive and the door openings are bigger than expected. The Ford Edge has over 73 cubic feet of cargo space, plus several storage cubbies throughout the interior. The large library of standard safety features also attributes to the Ford Edge’s overall value.
Other SUVs that made the Consumer Reports list
The Ford Edge is a great SUV, but it’s obviously not the best choice for every family. The Kia Telluride is also a midsize SUV, but it has three rows instead of two. Surprisingly, CR found that the Telluride’s back row can accommodate a few adults over short distances.
The Kia Telluride boasts a more powerful engine compared to the Ford Edge, and it’s slightly quicker. However, its handling isn’t very satisfying and body lean is apparent. Still, the ride feels plush and comes with an upscale interior to match.
The Subaru Outback is technically a wagon, so it has a higher cargo capacity compared to its rivals. It has nearly 76 cubic feet of storage, plus a long underfloor compartment. CR was also impressed with Outback’s handling and off-roading performance.
The Honda CR-V also remains one of the most well-rounded SUVs you can get. Its infotainment system needs some tuning, but it’s still roomy and has a long list of standard features. It’s also one of the most efficient SUVs, scoring 28 mpg overall in CR’s real-world driving test.