Sometimes it’s hard to find a great SUV to transport family but it’s easy and fun to drive, but the 2018 Ford Edge might fit that criteria. Although it does not have three lines of larger SUVs, the Edge still offers plenty of passenger and cargo space. It’s also relatively easy to park and gets a higher fuel economy than larger models.
There are three engine options: a fuel-efficient, four-cylinder turbocharged, a smooth V6 and a muscular twin-turbo V6 on the Sport model. All-wheel drive is optional for all except Sport (which is standard), and all have the same six-speed automatic transmission.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Ford Edge is a five-passenger midsize crossover SUV offered in four trims: SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport.
Standard features for the 2018 Ford Edge SE include 18-inch alloy wheels, remote unlocking and locking, automatic headlights, air-conditioning, a rearview camera, rear privacy glass, a height-adjustable driver seat, 60/40-split folding and reclining rear seatbacks, Bluetooth, a 4.2-inch central display screen, voice controls, a six-speaker sound system with a CD player and a USB port.
The SEL trim adds rear parking sensors, LED headlight accents, an exterior keyless entry pad, heated exterior mirrors, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats, upgraded cloth upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and satellite radio.
The optional Equipment Group 201A for SEL adds heated front seats, leather upholstery, the Sync 3 infotainment system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and an additional USB port, and a nine-speaker audio system.
The 2018 Ford Edge Titanium gets all above features as standard along with a hands-free liftgate, 19-inch wheels, noise-reducing front windows, driver-seat memory settings, front sport seats, ambient interior lighting, upgraded interior trim and a 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio.
The Sport adds unique front and rear styling, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, a power-adjustable steering wheel, variable-ratio steering, sport-themed interior trim and perforated leather and simulated-suede upholstery.
Some of the luxury features are available on lower trim levels as options. Other options (bundled into packages) such as bigger wheels, xenon headlights, a panoramic sunroof, ventilated front seats, a navigation system, a rear-seat entertainment system and a 12-speaker sound system.
You can also equip the 2018 Ford Edge with extra safety features such as automatic wipers, automated parking system, blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, a lane departure warning and intervention system, a 180-degree front camera and second-row outboard inflatable seat belts.
Under the hood, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque is standard on SE, SEL and Titanium models. A 3.5-liter V6 with 280 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque are available as optional on the SEL and Titanium models. Both engines come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. All-wheel drive is optional. EPA fuel economy estimates for AWD models at 23 mpg combined (20 city/27 highway) and 24 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway) for FWD models.
The 2018 Ford Edge Sport comes exclusively with AWD and a turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 engine that produces output 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed automatic is also standard and fuel economy stand at 20 mpg combined (17 city/24 highway).
The 2018 Ford Edge interior is mostly covered with soft touch material. The door, dash and center console are soft to touch from the hips up. That shows almost every surface has a quality feel. The only drawback is the standard center stack, which is made of hard plastic, basic controls and small screens. But thanks to the optional Sync 3 infotainment system that change the entire dashboard into a sleek modern.
The 2018 Ford Edge cabin feels spacious, with plenty of room for all passengers. The front passenger sits on a supporting bucket seat, and the adult will sit comfortably in the back seat. The 2018 Edge back seat is also wide enough for three people, making it a viable proposition for a five-member family.
The cargo space is also very impressive. With the back seat in use, the 2018 Edge has a 39.2 cubic feet cargo space. With the rear seats folded, it expands to 73.4 cubic feet. Both numbers are at or near the top of the class.
Release Date and Price
The 2018 Ford Edge production is expected to start in September. Currently, anticipate a release date in October. Key competitors to the Edge include the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, GMC Acadia and Audi SQ5.
Official pricing will start at $30,215 for the popular SE models( include destination fee). Opting for all-wheel drive adds $1,995 for an MSRP of $32,210. At the top of the range, the Edge Sport reaches $41,670.