2022 Ford Edge

By February 16, 2022

The Ford Edge is a five-seat crossover SUV with a plush interior, car-like road manners, turbocharged power, and available all-wheel drive.

The Edge comes in a single body style with a sloping roof that doesn’t dig much into cargo space, keeping it a practical choice among SUVs. Most various use a 250-horsepower turbo-4 paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the Edge ST dials up 335 hp from a boosted V-6 engine. All-wheel drive is standard across the lineup.

Changes for 2022 are limited but worthwhile, including a newly standard 12.0-inch touchscreen and deletion of the formerly standard front-wheel-drive versions. A couple of optional styling packages are added to the Edge’s roster of available features, including a new Adventure package with rugged looks.

Fuel economy checks in at 21 mpg city, 28 highway, 23 combined for the base 4-cylinder, or 19/26/21 mpg with the turbo V-6 on board.

The Edge has done well in crash testing, and it counts among its assets a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS for higher-end versions plus a five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. Automatic emergency braking, active lane control, and blind-spot monitors are standard fare, while most trim levels offer adaptive cruise control and a forward-facing camera.

Model lineup

The Edge comes in SE, SEL, ST-Line, ST, and Titanium trim levels that start just north of $36,000 and top out about $9,000 later when fully equipped.

Base SE versions are hardly basic with their 12.0-inch touchscreen that hosts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 18-inch alloy wheels, and automatic emergency braking. The SEL runs $38,590 with synthetic leather trim, heated front seats, and keyless start.

The Edge ST-Line gets the go-fast looks but sticks with the more frugal 4-cylinder engine. The full-on ST version comes with a buttoned-down suspension plus all that extra V-6 power for $45,000.

Edge Titaniums top $42,000 but come draped in leather upholstery and include upgraded audio. Loaded up with navigation, cooled front seats, adaptive cruise control, a panoramic moonroof, and the Elite appearance package, a fully-equipped Edge Titanium runs about $50,000.

Exterior

The Ford Edge cuts a different profile than typical SUVs with its gently sloping roofline rather than a more conventional two-box silhouette. Its details are taut and sporty, with twin tailpipes on higher-end versions hinting at performance. ST-Line and ST versions wear big wheels and extra-sporty exterior bits, with red-painted brake calipers lurking behind their black-finish wheels.

New exterior packages this year vary by trim level but can add contrasting exterior trim such as lower bumper moldings, mirror caps, and wheels. The Adventure package mounts all-terrain tires on 18-inch alloy wheels for a more rugged look, though this crossover SUV is more at home in the REI parking lot than it is heading to the woods.

Interior

Inside, the Edge goes high-tech this year with its new 12.0-inch touchscreen, which is mounted vertically and absorbs most audio controls for a clean dash appearance. The minimalist look is dressed up with glossy black plastic and available lighter upholstery hues.

Ford gives ST-Line and ST versions of the Edge sporty black upholstery with more bolstered front seats. Rear-seat riders will find big doors with wide openings and plenty of leg and head room, plus air conditioning vents.

The Edge serves up nearly 40 cubic feet of storage space behind the back seat, which grows to 73.4 cubes with the seatback folded. A power liftgate is standard on higher trim levels.

Driving impressions

More car-like than some competitors, the Edge has easy handling and a comfortable, composed ride even with the biggest wheel options available.

The base 250-hp turbo-4 hits 60 mph in about 8.0 seconds and works well with the 8-speed automatic transmission. While far from spicy, the base engine is refined enough and should be adequate for most typical driving needs.

Edge ST models swap in a 335-hp 2.7-liter V-6 that slices more than two seconds from its 60-mph sprint and delivers impressive power in any situation. The ST also has a taut suspension and various steering tweaks to provide it with sharper handling on a winding road.

The Edge is capable of towing as much as 3,500 lb when properly equipped with the factory-optional trailer hitch.

Final word

Drivers seeking a comfortable interior, clean styling, and a dose of personality would do well to check out the 2022 Ford Edge. This five-seat SUV strikes a commendable balance between utility and usability, with good turbocharged performance in all variants – and a little more fun in Edge ST guise.

 

—by Andrew Ganz with driving impressions by The Car Connection

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