Ford’s Edge has been a reliable and affordable mid-size SUV for years now, thanks to its performance, storage options, and budget-conscious price. For buyers looking to move up from a car to a mid-size SUV, the 2020 Ford Edge offers plenty to like. It’s a step up from the other mainstream choices, offering the performance of a sedan coupled with a quiet cabin and expansive passenger and cargo space, giving it one of the most spacious interiors in its class.
The Edge fills the void in Ford's lineup between the compact Escape and the full-size Explorer. It was first introduced for the 2007 model year, which was followed up in 2015 by a second-generation model. This version got a slight refresh for 2019, and again for 2020, the Edge received slight updates and changes.
The 2020 Ford Edge can be tricked out to bring it to the level of a luxury-class vehicle, but even the base model doesn’t skimp on features like advanced driver safety aids and a strong lineup of standard features. The standard four-cylinder turbo under the hood does a respectable job powering the Edge while also providing good fuel economy.
Across the entire Edge lineup, Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system also comes standard, which includes advanced voice controls. In a sign of the times and during a trend away from physical music media, the new Edge finally says goodbye to the conventional CD player but replaces it with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
Other models on the market may offer optional features and seating for more people, but the Edge’s roomy cabin, fuel economy, cargo capacity, and car-like driving performance are the perfect combination for drivers seeking a functional SUV, which doesn’t break the bank. If these are factors that are important to you, you will want to take a closer look at the brand new 2020 Ford Edge.
The 2020 Ford Edge family consists of four trim levels across the line, with the base SE starting things off. The SEL adds more features and the ability to add on option packages, the Titanium is for drivers who want to most luxurious Edge, and the ST is for performance enthusiasts. The lower three tiers - SE, SEL, and Titanium - are powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine that generates 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque. Tha engine is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive available as an option. The more sporty ST gets its own dedicated powerhouse, a twin-turbo 2.7L V6 pumping out 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. It gets the same eight-speed automatic transmission, but all-wheel drive comes standard.
SE - While it’s the base model, the Edge SE is no slouch and offers an excellent base that the other Edge models build upon. A superior suite of standard features includes 18-inch wheels, reclining rear seats, a rearview camera, a WiFi hotspot, a six-speaker audio system, an 8-inch touchscreen display, dual USB ports for device charging and connectivity, and Apple CarPlay / Android Auto smartphone integration. Useful driver aids also include blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and automatic braking, which all add up to features not found in other SUVs of this class.
SEL - Bumping up a level to the SEL trim adds a few premium touches like a power adjustable front passenger seat and leather wrapped steering wheel. But the big reason to move to the SEL is the starting point for available options, which include heated seats, a hands-free liftgate, GPS navigation system, upgraded audio system, advanced cruise control, and evasive steering assist.
Titanium - This is the most luxurious Edge of the lot, with noise-reducing front window glass, leather seating, front sport seats and ambient cabin lighting. The Titanium also includes most of the options found in the SEL model.
ST - In addition to the larger, more powerful engine, this high-performance Edge also receives a sport-tuned suspension and more precise steering. Inside, the cabin is adorned with leather and suede-like seating along with sporty interior trim accents.
The 2020 Ford Edge brings with it a host of exterior styling changes, beginning with the addition of optional black side rails as part of the roof rack on the SE model. In addition, six new paint colors have been added: Atlas Blue, Dark Persian Green, Desert Gold, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat. On the flip side, three exterior colors are being removed from the lineup: Baltic Sea Green, Stone Gray, and White Gold.
The new Edge rolls along on a stylish set of new wheel options as well, available on the various trim levels: 18-inch Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum (standard on SE); 18-inch split-spoke Sparkle Silver-painted aluminum wheels (standard on SEL); 18-inch bright-machined aluminum wheels with premium dark stainless-painted pockets (optional on SEL and Titanium); 19-inch luster nickel-painted aluminum (standard on Titanium); 20-inch bright-machined aluminum with premium dark stainless-painted pockets (optional on Titanium); 20-inch polished aluminum (included with the Titanium Elite Package); 20 inch bright-machined aluminum with high gloss black-painted pockets (standard on ST); 21 inch premium gloss black-painted aluminum (optional on ST, included in ST Performance Brake Package).
While they are minor, there are some changes to Edge's interior cabin as well. The dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control now comes standard on the base SE trim level, bringing this feature across the entire line of Edge models.
In addition, the 2020 Edge does away with the single-CD player on the Titanium and ST trim levels. In addition to reflecting a general trend in how the public generally consumes musical entertainment, this also marks the discontinuation of the CD player across all Edge models, as the SE and SEL trims removed it for the 2019 model year.
Finally, the SE now gets a manual day/night rearview mirror instead of the automatically dimming version, which no longer comes as standard or optional equipment.
The 2020 Ford Edge also includes several optional package changes over previous models. On the SE, there is a Driver's Package, which includes a 10-way power adjustable driver's seat and a reverse sensing system.
A new Titanium Elite Package includes 20-inch polished aluminum wheels with all-season tires, door inserts with Brunello finish and Brick Red accent stitching, front and rear bumpers with body-color finish and Bright Chrome insert in front, front and rear floor mats with Brick Red embroidered Edge logo in front, plus Brick Red accent stitching, instrument panel appliques, Bright Aluminum side lower cladding with body-color finish and Bright Chrome inserts, upper grille with Bright Chrome accents and Bright Chrome surround and ebony upholstery seating with Brunello perforated inserts.
The ST model has an optional Convenience Package, and the AWD SEL and Titanium models get the Class II Trailer Tow Package with Trailer Sway Control. With this package, drivers get up to 3,500 lbs of towing capacity and additional help to see where the trailer is swaying as they drive.