The 2021 Ford Edge comes front-wheel drive standard with available Intelligent All-Wheel Drive. This is not your standard all-wheel drive system but one that leverages smart technology to provide the proper balance between front-wheel and rear-wheel torque. It maximizes fuel economy and acceleration on dry road conditions and traction in inclement weather and poor road conditions. This will improve the overall handling of your Edge while avoiding slippage and skidding. The Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system comes standard on the 2021 Edge ST model.
There are two exceptional engines on the 2021 Ford Edge. All models except for the Edge ST feature a Twin-Scroll 2.0-liter EcoBoost gas engine. This comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission to provide you with greater control over engine performance. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost utilizes twin-turbochargers to provide you with 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. This engine features direct fuel injection to improve overall efficiency.
The Edge ST has an even more powerful 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 gas engine. This features a dynamic twin turbocharger to produce an impressive 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Ford has paired this engine with a 7-speed automatic with paddle shifters, which will give you the benefit of improved responsiveness like on a manual transmission but without the hassle of working a clutch.
The 2021 Ford Edge features two very efficient engines. If you choose an Edge with the 2.0-liter I-4 engine, you can expect to get 21 miles per gallon in city driving and 29 miles per gallon on the highway with front-wheel drive, and 21 miles per gallon in the city and 28 miles per gallon in highway driving with all-wheel drive. The Edge ST with the 2.7-liter V6 also gets surprisingly good gas mileage even with the superior acceleration of its engine. Drivers of the Edge ST can get up to 19 miles per gallon in city driving and 25 miles per gallon on the highway.
Ford has designed each 2021 Edge with four-wheel independent suspension. This will not only give you a softer overall ride but also make it easier to turn this crossover, particularly in tight spots. Look for the Edge to corner more easily than most other crossovers. The electric power-assisted steering will help in this regard, with a firmer grip of the road than many other power steering systems that at times can feel sloppy. The Edge will also do well off the light, especially the Edge ST with its powerful V6 gas engine.
Ford has moved to the forefront of the automotive world when it comes to safety technology. This is the result of Ford’s pioneering Ford Co-Pilot360 Technology, standard on all 2021 Ford Edge models. Ford Co-Pilot360 is an ingenious suite of active safety features designed to make driving safer for you, your passengers, and the other drivers on the road. By making Ford Co-Pilot360 standard on the Edge, Ford is showing its commitment to vehicular safety.
Ford Co-Pilot360 Features
BLIS is Ford Co-Pilot360’s Blind Spot Information System. This feature works in two different ways. BLIS will take the guesswork out of changing lanes on a busy highway by making sure there is no other vehicle traveling in your blind spot before you make your move. Cross-Traffic Alert uses the same BLIS technology to determine if another vehicle or a pedestrian is about to cross behind your Edge when you go to back out of your driveway or parking spot. In both cases, BLIS will alert you so you can avoid a collision.
Sometimes when we’re driving, we get distracted. Maybe it’s for only a moment, but that is all it takes to drift into another lane. This can be dangerous on a highway with other cars traveling in the same direction as us and totally disastrous if we drift across a double yellow line into oncoming traffic. Fortunately, the 2021 Edge has a standard Lane-Keeping System. This uses a camera to keep track of lane markings and then alert you if you start to drift. You will hear a warning alarm and feel the steering wheel start to vibrate. In addition, the system will start to steer you back into your lane, so you avoid a collision.
All models of the Edge also feature Auto High-Beam Headlamps. These will automatically come on when the Co-Pilot360 detects low light, so you don’t have to take the time to turn on your high beams. What’s more, the high beams will automatically turn off as soon as you reach an area of the road with sufficient lighting or if the system detects another vehicle, so you don’t distract the other driver.
The Rear View Camera on the 2021 Edge comes with a Reverse Sensing System to help you avoid hitting pedestrians, objects, and other vehicles when you put your Edge in reverse. The image behind you will appear on the 12-inch SYNC 4A touchscreen in your vehicle, allowing you to safely and easily back out of any spot without fear of an accident.
Finally, the Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking will help you avoid getting into an accident in front of your Edge. This system uses camera technology to detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of you and then will alert you of an imminent collision. The Automatic Emergency Braking feature will pre-charge and increase the force of your Edge’s brakes, even automatically applying the brakes to avoid or minimize the impact of a crash.
Passenger Comfort and Capacity
The 2021 Ford Edge has over 113.9 cubic feet of passenger space, making it one of the roomiest crossovers on the road today. This is plenty of room for up to 5 passengers to stretch out and get comfortable. Ford’s designers should be commended for giving an equal amount of space between the Edge’s two rows of seats. Too many other crossovers have plenty of room for the front row passengers but give little attention to those folks seated in the back. This is not the case with the Edge.
For example, front row passengers get 40.2 inches of headroom, while those seated in the back actually get more, 40.3 inches of headroom in total. Similarly, there are 55.9 inches of hip room and 60.3 inches of shoulder room in the front seat of the Edge, with 57.5 inches of hip room and 60.5 inches of shoulder room in the back. Actually, the front row of the Edge only has slightly more legroom than the rear row of seats, 42.6 inches in the front and 40.6 inches in the back.
Even though the 2021 Edge has a very roomy passenger compartment, there is still plenty of space for groceries, parcels, luggage, and other items of cargo you might want to stow in the trunk. Simply open the Edge’s liftgate to access an amazing 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk. If you need more room, simply fold down the rear set of seats to access a total of 73.4 cubic feet of space.
Ford has determined that the key to the automotive future is in technology. This is why it has designed the 2021 Ford Edge as the most technologically advanced vehicle in its class. It starts with the all-new SYNC 4A system. This utilizes cloud-based connectivity and voice recognition so you can operate this advanced infotainment system in a hand’s free manner.
The New SYNC 4A
The SYNC 4A system also updates its own software without you having to go through difficult procedures to stay up-to-date. This is because SYNC 4A is Wi-Fi enabled, so connectivity goes with you wherever you may drive your Ford Edge. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility allow you to link your smart devices seamlessly to SYNC 4A so you can expand the capabilities of the system. SiriusXM satellite radio with 360L completes the package, providing you with 24/7 entertainment, news, and sports wherever you may travel in the USA and Canada.
The SYNC 4A system is accessible on a new center console with a 12-inch portrait touchscreen. This is the largest touchscreen in the Edge’s vehicle class, with a roomier display that is easier to read. It is like the 2021 Ford Edge has its own built-in tablet computer.
Ford also provides each driver of the 2021 Edge with the FordPass app. This handy mobile app allows you to connect your Edge to your smartphone, so you can connect and control your Edge’s security features, schedule service appointments, check on key vehicle information, call for roadside assistance, and earn points for rewards. FordPass even comes with its own 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices in your Edge, so you can stay connected wherever you may roam.