2022 Ford Edge

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The Car Connection Expert Review

Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director
October 25, 2021

Buying tip

The standard Edge suits most drivers fine, but skip the pricey Edge ST if you’re shopping for speedy looks; the ST-Line will do just fine.

features & specs

SE AWD
SEL AWD
ST AWD
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
MPG
21 city / 28 hwy
MPG
19 city / 25 hwy
MSRP
$34,905
MSRP
$37,345
MSRP
$43,760

The 2022 Ford Edge brings stellar safety and strong value to the crossover-SUV party, but the interior’s showing its age.

What kind of car is the 2022 Ford Edge? What does it compare to?

With the 2022 Edge, Ford fields a five-seat crossover SUV with on-road driving set to the foreground, and SUV-style off-roading put in cold storage. It’s more like a Chevy Blazer in that regard than a Jeep Grand Cherokee or even a Honda Passport, but they’re all fighting for the same attention span.

Is the 2022 Ford Edge a good SUV?

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The Edge scores very well in safety and does well in features and utility on its way to a TCC Rating of 6.7 out of 10. (Read more about how we rate cars.)

What's new for the 2022 Ford Edge?

Just a couple of appearance packages; all-wheel drive and a 12.0-inch touchscreen have been made standard, too.

The Edge’s shape goes back to the mid-2010s, and it’s still handsome; it’s just grown awfully familiar, with plain lines and discreet details that get overpowered by showy rivals. The spare silhouette still comes off better than the plain interior, where a big touchscreen does most of the heavy lifting, in terms of style. (If technology is style, that is.)

Base Edge crossovers tap a 250-hp turbo-4 for power, and send it to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic. This Edge isn’t as quick as it is composed; acceleration’s fine, but ride quality’s better, so long as drivers steer clear of the biggest wheel-and-tire options. Predictable handling and acceptable speed get broomed on the Edge ST, which dials up 335 hp from a turbo V-6 and puts the screws to its independent suspension. It’s swifter, more capable, and more tense as it tracks down the highway or bobs through mountain passes, an answer in search of a question.

The Edge seats five in sheer capacity, but its seats could stand more strategic stuffing. They’re thin and less comfortable than those in competitors, despite being surrounded by lots of head and leg room. Cargo space shines, at 39.2 cubic feet behind the rear seat, but trim quality in the borderline spartan cabin is just average.

Crash-test scores and active safety gear excel, with a NHTSA five-star overall rating  and an IIHS Top Safety Pick, standard automatic emergency braking and active lane control, and options for a front-facing camera and a surround-view camera system.

How much does the 2022 Ford Edge cost?

The $36,150 Edge SE puts value at a premium with its standard all-wheel drive and 12.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Take the $38,590 Edge SEL to get heated power front seats, synthetic leather upholstery, and LED headlights; the $45,005 Edge ST may be too much, in a few different ways.

Where is the 2022 Ford Edge made?

In Oakville, Ontario.

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2022 Ford Edge

Styling

The name’s ironic; few SUVs look smoother.

Is the Ford Edge a good-looking car?

It’s safe in its stylish stance, but the Edge has grown awfully familiar. It earns a tick in the win column for the spare but still elegant body, so it’s a 6 here.

We’d never have predicted the Edge shape would outlast the far funkier Flex, but here we are. It’s the same egg-shaped crossover it’s been for a decade, and reframed headlights and a big grille haven’t done much to change its well-worn silhouette. The details please most drivers in Titanium or ST trim, which take on luxury or sport hues with distinct colors and bigger wheels.

The Edge’s cabin hasn’t aged as well. A new 12.0-inch touchscreen last year overcame some unflattering smaller screens in its past, but the minimalist interior borders on the stark with big pieces of flat plastic and lots of small buttons that tuck in too unobtrusively. Glossy plastic dresses things up but goes the distance to capture all the smudges and fingerprints it can.

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Performance

A taut ride and ample turbo power help the Edge keep the pace.

Even if it’s not the spicy ST version, Ford’s Edge satisfies crossover drivers with its ride and its ample-or-better acceleration. It’s a 6 here.

Is the Ford Edge 4WD?

All-wheel drive now is standard on every Edge.

How fast is the Ford Edge?

It’s quick enough with the base 250-hp 2.0-liter turbo-4 (so rated on 93-octane fuel; we’re still not sure why Ford does that), which gets distributed among all its wheels through an 8-speed automatic. At about eight seconds in the 0-60 mph run, it’s adequate for daily driving chores and interstate cruising, and it’s relatively unobtrusive as it streams out power.

With an independent suspension all around and electronic power steering, the Edge tracks smoothly down the highway and damps out the road with ride tuning on the firmer side of the SUV spectrum. We’d skip the bigger wheels and tires on the options list, since they rough up the crossover’s road manners. In more basic tune, it’s comfortable and quiet, with precise steering; it can also tow up to 3,500 lb.

Spend up for the Edge ST and Ford drops in a 335-hp 2.7-liter V-6 (also rated on 93 octane) for a 0-60 mph time of under six seconds. With revised suspension and steering and optional performance brakes, the ST can handle just about any winding road with utter confidence. However, with 20- or 21-inch wheels, the Edge ST’s composure stiffens like a Doberman when the doorbell rings.

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Comfort & Quality

Very roomy and reasonably comfortable, the Edge could use better seats.

With space for five passengers and their cargo, the Edge earns a score of 7 for utility. It’d be higher if its seats had more padding.

Base cloth seats in the Edge feel flat and don’t lure us into long-distance drives; spend more for Titanium or ST models and Ford builds in more support (and nicer cloth or leather covering), but that should be a given beyond $40,000. Edge SEL SUVs and those that cost more come with power front seats with heating.

Three adults will fit in the second row, with good leg room of more than 40 inches and ample head room. Again, the seat itself isn’t shaped well, with a downward tilt at the front edge of the short bottom cushion.

The Edge offers 39.2 cubic feet of storage behind the back seat, which folds down to boost that space to 73.4 cubic feet. A power liftgate comes standard on the SEL and higher trims, but the former hands-free tailgate function is gone.

The Edge’s interior design dates from a decade ago, and the plain trim and basic shapes read through good assembly quality. A 12.0-inch touchscreen dominates the dash and distracts from the cabin’s age, too. We’ve seen worse for the price, but we’ve seen better, too.

 

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Safety

It’s a 10, but then...roof pillars.

How safe is the Ford Edge?

With great crash-test scores and a plethora of safety gear, it’d be a 10—but the Edge’s fat roof pillars block the view to the rear.

The IIHS gives the Edge its Top Safety Pick award, but only the optional headlights on Titanium and ST versions qualify; their “Acceptable” performance outdoes the stock “Poor” headlights. The NHTSA pegs it at five stars overall, with just one four-star rating for rollover resistance.

Every Edge gets blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and automatic emergency braking. Adaptive cruise control becomes available with the SEL trim, along with a front-facing camera.

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Features

Massive infotainment and standard all-wheel drive outweigh Ford’s pedestrian warranty.

The Edge gets the nod for standard features, infotainment and value, for a score of 8 here. With more warranty coverage—it’s just 3 years/36,000 miles—and more interesting options, it’d rate even more highly.

Which Ford Edge should I buy?

The $36,150 Edge SE has cloth upholstery, all-wheel drive, 18-inch wheels, and a 12.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We’d move up a notch to the $38,590 Edge SEL for its power heated front seats, LED headlights, keyless start, and synthetic leather upholstery. 

With the ST-Line, Ford adds some cosmetic touches without upgrading the drivetrain, and this year’s new Adventure and Black trim packages do the same on different visual vectors. 

How much is a fully loaded Ford Edge?

The Edge Titanium brings upgraded audio and leather upholstery for more than $40,000; the $45,005 Edge ST gets grippy cloth seats and the more potent powertrain.

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Fuel Economy

The Edge plays the middle part in gas mileage.

Is the Ford Edge good on gas?

It’s a mid-size gas-powered SUV, so it’s no surprise the 2022 Edge earns middling gas mileage. Based on the turbo-4 version with all-wheel drive, it’s EPA-rated at 21/28/23 mpg—and it’s a 4 here. 

With the turbo V-6 on board, the Edge ST carries EPA ratings of 19/26/21 mpg.

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