2019 Ford Edge ST First Drive Review
We were expecting rain the entire time we were in Utah. Even after we landed, we had a truncated lunch in order to hit the mountain roads before the weather rolled in. The sun eventually shone through grey skies stretching from Salt Lake City to Park City, lighting a sea of red and yellow leaves resting atop newly paved switchbacks. With the storm looming, we attacked a great stretch of road to push the new 2019 Ford Edge ST hard before the weather turned.
The Edge has been revised for 2019, though this isn’t an all-new model like Ford would have you believe. Changes include refreshed styling, an updated powertrain, and new standard and optional equipment, building on what was already a strong midsize contender. You can check out our full review of the 2019 Edge right here. Still, the most notable addition for 2019 is the new Ford Performance-tuned Edge ST, a replacement for the Edge Sport and the first crossover to wear an ST badge.
In the next year or two, the Fiesta, Focus, Fusion and Taurus will all disappear from our market. That will leave the Mustang as the only car left on Ford lots. With Ford going all-in on crossovers and SUVs in the U.S., it needed a vehicle to carry on the practical-performance image currently embodied by the Fiesta ST and Focus ST and RS.
The engine’s power is stymied by a transmission that’s all too eager to upshift. Mash the gas and there’s a second or so delay while the transmission considers its options. The 2.0-liter EcoBoost in the standard Edge can feel punchier despite being down 100 pound-feet of torque versus the ST. The smaller engine always seems to be right where you want it, so there’s no downshifting when you get on the power. The shift delay with the V6 seems to kill any on-paper power advantage. The Edge ST’s power appears to comes on strong and the engine gives a mighty roar, but passing isn’t as effortless as you want it to be.
The ride is firm, but the firmness doesn’t totally mitigate body roll. There’s still significant lean through corners and good amount of brake dive. It handles decently for a crossover, but this doesn’t feel like the Focus ST’s big sibling. Nor does it have the buttoned-down feeling of other performance crossovers like the Audi SQ5 or Porsche Macan, to which Ford compares the Edge ST.
The non-ST Edge is very impressive, even without the V6. We’re just not sure the Edge ST is a good value or that its ST credentials are enough to justify the badging. It’s the ultimate Edge, sure, and it’s a good crossover. It’s just not good at being an ST.