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First Drive: 2019 Ford Edge Review

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Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:00 AM

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With a passing glance, the 2019 Ford Edge would appear no different from its 2018 counterpart, especially in profile. But as mid-life vehicle refreshes go, there is more than meets the eye.

Under the hood, the new 2019 Edge drops its 3.5-liter V6 in favor of a standard turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine as standard equipment for the SE, SEL, and Titanium trim levels. The powertrain is also now mated to a new, Ford-first, 8-speed automatic transmission instead of the previous 6-speed.

FIRST LOOK: 2019 FORD EDGE

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Grey Front Right Quarter

The 2019 Ford Edge is a mild mid-cycle update featuring new drivetrains, a restyled exterior, and more standard safety technology. (Beverly Braga)

The Sport trim level is discontinued, but is replaced with the all-new Edge ST, marking the first time a crossover or SUV has been tuned by the Ford Performance team. Sweet! A corporate gag order won’t allow me to talk about it and its specially-tuned 2.7-liter twin-turbo V6 engine until October 9, 2018, though. Sigh. Guess you’ll just have to come back.

Capable climber

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Grey Profile

Changes are least noticeable when viewing the 2019 Ford Edge in profile, unless you’re a stickler for wheel designs. (Beverly Braga)

In the meantime, I did take a well-equipped, early-production Edge Titanium front-wheel-drive model for a spin through the Wasatch Back region of Utah, which passes through high-elevation cities like Winter Olympian-friendly Park City.

All-wheel drive wasn’t necessary during the dry, sunny morning, but even FWD with winter tires would prove inadequate once winter dumps deep snow upon the region’s mountain switchbacks and blind curves. But the new drivetrain proved itself capable enough as summer transitioned to fall.

The 2019 pairing produces 250 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, a plus-five increase to both figures. Making this engine standard also improves the Edge’s fuel economy ratings from 20 mpg in combined driving with the V6 (FWD and AWD) to 25 mpg (FWD) and 23 mpg (AWD) with the 4-banger.

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Surprisingly, given the new 8-speed automatic, fuel economy sees little improvement over last year’s optional turbo four. With FWD, the number rises from 24 mpg in combined driving to 25 mpg. With AWD, the rating for combined driving remains the same at 23 mpg.

At altitude in Utah, the turbocharged 2.0-liter audibly expressed its effort during hill climbs, but the engine note was hardly a panting whine. The new transmission worked just fine as well. Sport mode adjusts throttle response and shift points but doesn’t change steering feel, which I would have appreciated in quick corners. In Sport mode the engine also bellowed louder than I preferred, so I deferred to the Normal drive mode through some of the mountain passes.

The Ford Edge boasts a rather firm ride, but that doesn’t mean it’s an uncomfortable one. Although the Edge felt a tad floaty in some corners, the vehicle was generally more composed than others in the midsize crossover class and the suspension was plenty absorbent over gravelly terrain and road bumps.

More style but weird ergonomics

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Front Seats

Ergonomics are a bit wonky with a higher than average seat height and awkwardly angled steering wheel, but at least the leather-trimmed seats themselves are comfortable. (Beverly Braga)

Admittedly, the bolsters will feel less than ideal for narrower body types, but the leather-trimmed seats in my test car were plush and accommodating.

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