by Sommer Thornton and Daryl Payne
Ford adds new trims to their Edge lineup that includes a brawny Titanium model and a sporty kitted-out ST. While much of the dimensions and storage layouts are the same, the 5-passenger SUVs perform dramatically different. The muscular Edge Titanium has a hefty drivetrain with amazing stamina. While the Edge ST has a smooth powerful launch on par with high-performance lux SUVs. Both have dramatic fuel savings, multiple drive modes and abundant safety technology.
The 2019 Ford Edge Titanium and the 2019 Ford ST are amazing siblings that appeal to macho men – professionals and everyone in-between. The Ford Edge Titanium seems more conservative, and the Edge ST, with its striking design and 335 horsepower V6 can rip the road. We reviewed both this year taking the 2019 Ford Edge Titanium on a trip across the Midwest, and the Ford Edge ST on a day trip down south.
Ford is comes hard for 2019 crafting a unique design language for each trim of the popular Edge lineup. A base Edge SE, SEL and decked out Edge Titanium model are stretched to their limits with the same 2 liter V6 engine.
The 2019 Ford Edge ST is in a class all by itself with an amazingly subtle yet fresh design outside, a tricked-out cabin and monster performance. In any mode the ST remains athletic and efficient, more than any other sport-trimmed SUV in its price range.
Edge Titanium and Edge ST’s similar design with Elusive Character Cues
The 2019 Ford Edge Titanium and Edge ST look similar from the front. But subtle differences give the two SUV’s their own identity.
The Edge Titanium features a wide chrome grille with active shutters standard, while the Ford ST’s sporty grill has mesh black chrome accents. The side profile of the Ford Edge has a deep muscle line near the beltline that carries through to the rear. Five newly styled wheels are available.
For the 2020 model year, Edge the lineup sees the addition of an available new Titanium Appearance Package that includes new 20-inch polished aluminum wheels, body color lower side cladding with bright chrome inserts, body color-painted bumpers with a bright chrome insert up front, and bright chrome accents and surround on the upper grille.
The Edge lineup adds exciting new colors for 2020 like Atlas Blue, Dark Persian Green, Desert Gold, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat.
Designs from before the 2019 Edge were more contoured with a shorter wheelbase. The new model has a more muscular look at 188 inches in length, 78 inches wide and an 8 inch ground clearance.
Black lower cladding and lower bumper, body-color door handles, spoiler and dual stainless steel exhaust tips add style and functionality to the Edge. A front air curtain is standard across the range. All Edge models offer standard LED daytime running lights and LED taillights with new Amber turn signals.
The Ford Edge Titanium boasts LED fog lamps, LED signature approach lamps with memory and wipers as well as a hands-free foot activated tailgate and silver roof rack side rails when not equipped with the panoramic vista roof. Also cool are the stainless steel exhaust tips and illuminated sill plates on the Edge Titanium. Twenty-inch bright machine aluminum wheels are optional.
The 2019 Edge ST has all the cool cues of the Titanium model with sportier flair. The sharp LED taillights protrude out a bit, helping the Edge ST slice through the wind at high speeds. And the Edge ST’s chiseled body and integrated exhaust tips aid aerodynamics. The ST features a wide mesh grille for optimal cooling and deep side skirts. The low chiseled look is like a super sporty CUV which gives it more swiftness. But the Edge ST is big enough to fit an older family.
The Edge vehicles each have their good attributes, all efficient, all very fun and easy-going. Yet the Edge ST was purposefully fit with added chassis, powertrain and drivetrain elements to give it a sportier performance. Ford Performance and Ford’s Special Vehicle Team (SVT) collaborated to tune the Edge ST with advanced aerodynamics, lightweight elements, a powerful performance and outstanding fuel efficiency.
Dedicated Performance of Edge and Titanium Worlds Apart
The ST features a 2.7 liter V6 Ecoboost engine with 355 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and an impressive 380 lb-ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. This V6 is said to be the most powerful V6 available in its class with compacted graphite iron aluminum block and aluminum head. It’s also fitted for dynamic handling with a quick shifting 8 speed automatic transmission, standard all-wheel drive with selectable traction control, available performance brake package and ST tuned sport suspension.
The launch of the new Edge ST is on a lux SUV level – clean, fun and balanced. There’s no lag, no huff, even in normal mode. Auto Start/Stop is more seamless in the Ford Edge ST than the Edge Titanium. It has a slight rumble as the SUV powers back up, but it doesn’t affect launch.
The drive select offers a sport mode. But the character of the Edge ST is so sporty and versatile, there’s almost no need to switch from normal mode. Handling, acceleration and suspension are on-point in normal mode. At high speeds the whip has sport sedan-agility. Steering is tight and responsive.
Sport mode is a beast with a more aggressive throttle response, shifting patterns that can hold gears near redline through cornering maneuvers, sharper engine braking and a louder exhaust. Suspension is also tighter in sport mode. Though the SUV launches like a jet it’s still very efficient even in sport mode.
Ford Performance adds more sports car character to the Edge ST that includes outstanding chassis dynamics. Ford Performance Tuned Suspension is awesome, cushioned and sporty with front shock absorbers fitted with ST tuning and rear monotube shock absorbers with ST tuning. ST-tuned spring and dampers are also standard on the Edge ST along with ST-tuned rack and pinion electric power steering. Enhanced torque vectoring control has cornering understeer control.
The new 2019 Ford Edge ST AWD we reviewed features all-wheel drive disconnect, Artificial Intelligence that detects road conditions to switch between two-wheel and all-wheel drive. Dozens of sensorscodifies info like wheel slip, the ABS, wipers, outside temps and even whether the SUV is towing a trailer to determine if AWD or FWD can be used to save fuel.
The Titanium’s performance is more tamed with its standard twin-scroll 2 liter DOHC 4-cylinder Ecoboost engine. Motorsports Correspondent Daryl thinks the Edge Titanium isn’t bad for a small engine. But he can still hear the 4-cylinder stressing. To get the Edge Titanium to jet, you’ll have to punch the gas.
Though 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque isn’t bad, it may need more retuning with the 8-speed automatic transmission. And the infamous automatic Start/Stop is unfortunately not smooth enough. It’s jarring and powers down with a rumble. Yet Ford employs Start/Stop with other intelligent fuel saving tech like Deceleration Fuel Shut Off and Exhaust Gas Recirculation to boost a high EPA and lower emissions.
The drive mode selector offers a sport mode that takes the Titanium to a new level. In normal driving mode the Edge Titanium, when it gets up and going has amazing stamina. Downgrade in power happens pretty quickly after taking the foot of the gas. Yet it gives the Edge Titanium outstanding efficiency – 25 mpg combined EPA (22 mpg city; 29 mpg highway).
Performance is more sprite in sport mode with tighter suspension and more fluid steering. All Edge models offer the same suspension setup, front MacPherson strut and rear Independent Integral link rear suspension.
Turning and parking is precise for such a big truck. Braking is on a dime with solid disc brakes on the AWD and FWD model. Handling is great even in bad weather. Wheels are planted and the whip holds its own firmly cornering like a sedan.
The Ford Edge ST offers a Class II Trailer Tow Package standard.
The Ford Edge ST and the Titanium both have a unique road character ideal for the professional and the adventurer.
The 2020 Ford ST model is beefed up with an available ST Performance Brake Package, and ST-tuned sport suspension and steering systems
The new Edge shows new character on the road and upgrades inside. Though the Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium cabins look very similar, they have slight differences that hint at their performance and comfort factor. The 2019 Edge Titanium has 10-way heated and cool leather seats for the driver and passenger with memory for the driver. A leather-wrapped steering wheel is standard.
Intelligent Cabin Design with Subtle Variations
The 2020 Ford Edge offers a Titanium Appearance Package that adds dark red/brown Brunello with Brick Red accent stitching on the door inserts, front and rear floor mats with Brick Red accent stitching, with Brick Red embroidered “Edge” logo on the front mats, and bright aluminum intrecciato appliques on the instrument panel.
Daryl didn’t think the Edge Titanium seats or the steering wheel were comfortable. After driving for just over two hours, the steering wheel felt hard and seats unforgiving. The seat side bolsters are narrow and shoulder padding and lumbar are tough, even for a skinny driver. Instead of helping him relax, Daryl wanted to lean forward because he has a wider back. Maybe having a massage function would aid comfort.
Daryl also didn’t think the heated seats got warm enough, especially in the cold Midwest winter.
Driver’s sit up high with a full panoramic view of the road thanks to a raked windshield and muscle indents in the hood. Editor Sommer liked the raised seating, like climbing in an F-150. But 6’1” Daryl didn’t like the low roofline because it was harder for him to climb out. He also thinks the raked A-pillar creates a blind spot.
Edge models now have a rotary shifter in the center console area that provides extra shoulder and hip room for front passengers. With a shift knob instead of a hand shifter, drivers can easily reach the controls on the center stack, the center console and park brake lever.
Storage is great in the Edge Titanium with a large center storage bin with a wireless charger, deep door pockets and a big center console. There are eight cup holders in the Edge Titanium. The trunk is huge with 39 cu.ft. behind the 2nd row and 73.4 cu.ft with the 2nd row down.
Dual zone climate control is standard with most of the controls accessible via the 8-inch SYNC3 touchscreen. There should at least be a bi-level button on the center stack so drivers won’t have to go through the screen to adjust each time.
The panoramic sunroof is great with a hard cover, allowing the whip to still be very insulated. It would be great if the entire cover didn’t need to be open for the tilt function to operate.
The 2nd row has a 60/40 split easy fold rear bench seats with an ideal 40 inches of legroom.
The Edge ST has a similar layout with ST branded bucket seats with perforated leather and contrast stitching, suede inserts, the same center console design and optimal storage. Seats are more comfortable with dditional bolstering and softer lumbar support than the Edge Titanium.
The dash design of the ST seems super raked like a sports car but wide like a SUV. The Edge ST offers some sporty cues like aluminum sport pedals.
Ambient lighting in the Edge ST and Edge Titanium can be adjusted to several different colors. Illuminated sill plates are standard on the Edge ST.
The Edge ST offers heated and ventilated seats and heated rear seats along with a heated leather-wrapped ST sport steering wheel with improved grip center. Unlike the Edge Titanium the steering is softer in the Edge ST, ideal for sporty maneuvering. Short SelectShift paddle shifters sit behind the steering wheel.
Similar infotainment is offered with the Edge Titanium and the Edge ST. Both models offer an available SYNC3 8 inch touchscreen for navigation, audio, safety settings and a pristine reverse camera. The dope Navigation system shows traffic lines, construction zones, interstate names, street names, railroads and even approaching accidents.
SYNC with Applink is standard on all Edge models that support Alexa. Sirius XM Satellite radio is standard on both the Edge Titanium and the Edge ST. The Ford Edge ST features a standard B&0 12-speaker premium sound system by Harmon. All Edge models have a standard hotspot telematics system with FordPass Connect 4G Wi-Fi that can connect up to 10 devices.
A wireless charging pad is standard on the Ford Edge Titanium but optional on the Edge ST with a package that includes voice activated navigation, perimeter alarm, hands-free lift gate, a panoramic vista roof and adaptive cruise control with lane centering.
Advanced Safety Technology Uses Sensors and A.I.
Safety features on all Edge models includes AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control along with a wealth of advanced driver assistance technologies. Standard Ford Co-Pilot360 includes the Blind Spot Information System with cross traffic alert, Lane Keeping System and Pre Collision Assist tech with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking.
The Blind Spot Info System, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Assist were annoyingly precise, but needed with such a big car in the windy city. Some high winds knocked the Ford Edge ST out of its lane while speeding in the highway, but the Lane Keep Assist gently pushed the Edge ST back in its lane with assertiveness – like an determined driver’s education teacher.
The Lane Departure Warning shows a color coded icon in the drivers instrument cluster that turns yellow when drivers are slightly drifting out of their lane, green when it’s secured in the center and orange when it’s crossed over.
The Pre-Collision System is just annoying, letting off a loud beep when cars pull in front of the Ford Edge too slow. Along with a jarring beep, a distracting icon pops up in the dash and the car may brake harshly with no consideration of if the driver was applying the brake or of cars close behind.
The Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support is all standard.
The Reverse Sensing System, standard on the Edge Titanium and the Edge ST was on point, as was the clear reverse camera with washer. The Remote Start is standard on the Edge Titanium but optional on the Edge ST for some weird reason.
Evasive Steering Assist, an inaugural Ford safety technology uses sensors to detect slower vehicles around the Edge and if a collision is possible it will aid steering to enable drivers to maneuver around it. Daryl loved the Adaptive Cruise Control (with Stop & Go and lane centering) on the Edge ST that allowed him to maintain a safe distance behind cars at any set speed, and slow down to go around slower cars then intuitively go back to the set speed. It instinctively knew to slow down when too close to approaching cars.
Post Collision Braking detects a collision and will instinctively apply the brakes to prevent a secondary crash.
It’s cool how the electronic park brake auto engages on hills. Available Enhanced Park Assist features active park assist with parallel parking, park out assist, reverse perpendicular parking and forward and side sensing system.
The 2019 Ford Edge Titanium has an MSRP of $39,545, and the Edge ST starts at $43,350. Fully-loaded the Edge ST cost $49k, pricey for a 5-passenger SUV. But after driving the ST down south, Daryl and Sommer believe it’s well worth the sticker price.
The Ford Edge Titanium may be tame and conservative, but for under $40k it offers abundant safety and interior convenience tech plus a well-balanced efficient powertrain. Because the Edge ST is on par with some luxury sport cars, it is actually affordable in comparison.
Ford plans to collaborate more with their Special Vehicle Team and Ford Performance to design future SUVs and shake up multiple segments.