2021 Ford Edge Adds Technology, Standard 12-Inch Touchscreen

2021 Ford Edge

The current generation of Ford’s mid-size SUV, the Edge, dates back to the 2015 model year.  Even after styling updates for 2019, it felt a bit dated — particularly inside. Not so much now: For 2021, the Edge gets a huge new touchscreen with Ford’s latest Sync 4 operating system.

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12-Inch Touchscreen

The centerpiece of the 2021 Edge’s updates is a standard 12-inch touchscreen multimedia display. The upcoming 2021 F-150 also has a display of this size, but it’s oriented horizontally, while the Edge has a vertical display. That may not be ideal, depending on how Ford sorts the information displayed. It’s also possible that smartphone integrations like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will retain a horizontal orientation with this vertical display, leaving lots of unused real estate. Subaru has corrected this issue with its vertical displays, so hopefully Ford has, too — or will soon.

Sync 4

If the touchscreen does need things corrected, Ford can do so via over-the-air updates, one of the many benefits of the automaker’s new Sync 4 operating system. Sync 4 also includes wireless (what Ford calls “Wi-Fi enabled”) Apple CarPlay and Android Auto plus an optional wireless charging pad, potentially freeing owners from the tyranny of USB cords. Other Sync 4 features include parking-spot locations and a digital owner’s manual with how-to videos.

Mild Exterior, Interior Updates

Beyond the advanced technology and the giant touchscreen, Ford added two new USB ports — including one USB-C port — to the Edge to give it four in total, with two up front and two for rear passengers. Ford also gave the 2021 Edge a few additional cosmetic options inside and out, including a new Ceramic interior for the Edge’s Titanium Elite trim and a new cloth upholstery option for the SEL. Additional wheel choices ranging from 18 to 21 inches are available depending on trim level and equipment, as are two new gray paint colors.

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