Reshuffled engines, some styling updates and new features for 2019 highlight Ford’s changes to the Edge, the automaker’s mid-size SUV, now in the fifth model year of its current generation. We’ve actually had a chance to compare the Edge back-to-back against some of its mid-size SUV rivals using the vehicle featured in this video, a well-equipped 2019 Edge Titanium with all-wheel drive. Let’s take you through some of the highs and some of the lows.
First, the highs. No. 1 is ride quality: Even with the big, optional 20-inch wheels on our test car, ride quality in the Edge really shines. High-speed isolation is very good, and shock absorption over sewer covers and potholes shows a lot of polish. This has been a historic strength for the current-generation Edge, and it continues to shine for 2019. That said, though, not every Edge necessarily rides this way: If you bump up to the performance-tuned suspension on the sportier Edge ST, ride quality gets considerably firmer.
The next strength: safety and driver-assistance tech. The Edge got some important updates to what was a pretty lackluster raft of safety features for 2018, when automatic emergency braking wasn’t even available on the SUV. It’s now standard, as are lane departure warning with steering assist, blind spot warning and automatic high-beam headlights. Add on all the options and you can get adaptive cruise control and lane-centering steering that both work all the way down to a stop. That makes this the only Ford-branded vehicle to offer lane centering, and it’s one of the more advanced capabilities among non-luxury mid-size SUVs.
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Unfortunately, the Edge doesn’t have very well-rated headlights. LED lights are standard, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety dinged them for excessive low-beam glare and high-beam visibility on either side of the road. All headlight variations earned a poor rating from IIHS, which is a significant knock on the safety front.
For more highs and lows, be sure to check out the rest of our video review.
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