If you're looking for a medium-sized SUV but don't need three rows of seats, the 2022 Ford Edge and its two-row rivals are available and offer more space than most compact crossovers. The Ford looks nice and offers either a turbocharged four-cylinder or a 335-hp twin-turbo V-6, but the latter is exclusive to the performance-oriented ST trim. A host of competitors offer similar packages, such as the Chevy Blazer, the Honda Passport, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, and some are simply more refined. The Edge's cabin can be outfitted with numerous luxury and convenience items, including a giant 12.0-inch infotainment display, but its aging design and down-market materials take passengers out of the premium-SUV fantasy.
What's New for 2022?
Entry-level SE trims can now be optioned with a Black Appearance package starting in the 2022 model year. It adds 19-inch black wheels and a host of black exterior accents. The SEL trim also gains an optional Adventure package, which comes with 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires, faux-leather upholstery, and gray and black exterior accents. Several new dealer-installed accessories join the spec sheet, too, including a center console-mounted safe. Flight Blue and Forged Green join the color palette.
Pricing and Which One to Buy
While the ST model's boosted V-6 power sounds enticing, its price is anything but. We'd compromise by going with the mid-range SEL model with the turbocharged four-cylinder. Moving up from the SE to the SEL adds plenty of features to warrant the increase in price, including a leather-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, a partially digital gauge display, a nine-speaker stereo system, heated front seats, a six-way power-adjustable passenger's seat, LED fog lamps, and more.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The base turbocharged four-cylinder makes 250 horsepower and, despite its casual acceleration, should provide adequate power for most customers. If you're looking for an SUV that can keep pace with a Volkswagen Golf GTI from zero to 60 mph—and quite a few other zippy cars as well—check the box for the Edge ST, which gets a 335-hp twin-turbo 2.7-liter V-6 and standard all-wheel drive. It's not as light on its feet as the athletic Mazda CX-9—our benchmark for crossover handling—but the Edge is reasonably enjoyable to drive and provides reassuring stability in corners. Its steering is nicely weighted, if not particularly communicative, and its ride is comfortable over imperfect road surfaces.
Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG
Four-cylinder models are rated by the EPA for up to 29 mpg highway, and even the sporty ST model manages to earn a 25-mpg highway rating. We haven't tested the four-cylinder with its new eight-speed automatic yet, but on our 75-mph fuel-economy loop the ST managed 25 mpg, matching its estimate. For more information about the Edge's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.
Interior, Comfort, and Cargo
Plenty spacious for four adults, the Edge's cabin is a comfortable place for a commute or a road trip. Materials throughout the cabin are nicely chosen, but panel fit and finish could be better; we noticed a few misaligned dashboard pieces in our test vehicle. Otherwise, the interior design is simple and understated, with plenty of room for people and cargo. If putting junk in the trunk is important to you, the two-row-crossover segment is a great enabler. With the rear seats folded, the Edge accommodated 29 of our carry-on suitcases. Its competitors are all closely matched in cargo room, but the Edge's thoughtful storage cubbies and slightly roomier cabin might seal the deal.
Infotainment and Connectivity
All Edge models come with Ford's latest Sync 4A software interface with a large 12.0-inch touchscreen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard and can work through a wireless connection. Ford also offers a Wi-Fi hotspot on all Edge models, but in-dash navigation remains an optional feature.
Safety and Driver-Assistance Features
Several desirable driver-assistance technologies are standard—including automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and blind-spot monitoring—with more advanced features offered as options. For more information about the Edge's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:
- Standard automated emergency braking
- Standard lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
- Available adaptive cruise control
Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
There's nothing edgy about the Edge's warranty coverage—it's strictly average for the segment, with nothing to help it stand out to consumers.
- Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
- Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
- No complimentary scheduled maintenance