The two-row crossover segment is filled with a competitor roster of vehicles like the Honda Passport, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango, and the Ford Edge. However, when most consumers think of crossovers, they’re usually looking for something with enough room for five and all their cargo as well as a relatively decent fuel economy.
It’s not too often that the terms “sporty” and “fast” really cross most people’s minds when shopping for these types of cars unless of course, they happen to be enthusiasts of some sort. For that crowd, there are cars like the Ford Edge ST. And while that’s a very specific trim for a specific buyer, we had to wonder, is it worth buying over the lower trim levels?
A little background
Since its introduction in 2007, the Ford Edge has long been known for its generous amounts of cargo room and advanced tech features like Ford’s SYNC and MyFord touch. They were advanced at the time, but not without their problems. Over the years, new trim levels came out, including the Ford Edge Sport, which was the same as the regular Ford Edge, but it just included suede interior materials, chrome exhaust tips, and bigger wheels to make look sporty.
An Edgy Ford Edge
Fast forward to 2019 and the new Ford Edge ST was released when Ford decided to ax their Fiesta ST and Focus ST models and wanted to give consumers the dose of sportiness they would now be lacking. The crossover segment has typically done better than the compact car segment, so why not? This new trim level sports a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that puts out 335 horsepower and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Edge ST comes standard with all-wheel drive and can get to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. That’s definitely no slouch, considering it weighs nearly 4,500 pounds.
On the inside, the Ford Edge ST has nicely bolstered sport seats, SYNC 3 infotainment on an 8-inch display with Apple Carplay/Android Auto capability, and a B&O premium audio system. It’s a nice play to be, rife with convenient and semi-luxurious accouterments. However, much them can be found on the lower trim levels as well.
Do people like it?
The Ford Edge ST has had mixed reviews since its inception. In their overall review of the Ford Edge, Car and Driver noted that the Ford Edge ST is “an extreme approach to family transport” and then recommended the base SE trim as the one to buy. In CNET’s review of the Ford Edge ST, they stated that the “power figures feel sadly overrated. Drop the hammer from a stop, and you’re tapping your fingers on the steering wheel while you wait for boost to build.” It’s not all bad, though, as they did mention that the Ford Edge is a solid contender in the segment.
Should you buy it?
The 2020 Ford Edge ST carries a price tag of $43,450 (without destination), which is on par with competitors in its class. However, it seems that the Edge ST is trying more to compete with luxury contenders like the Audi SQ5 and Jaguar F-Pace S. And while it’s okay to shoot for the stars, we would recommend aiming to land on the moon and just opting for a lower-trim Ford Edge, or perhaps one of its competitors.