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Sharper Than Ever: 2019 Ford Edge Titanium AWD Test Drive

No matter how sharp a blade is, it can get dull. Things work in a similar way in the automotive world. A hit vehicle can lose its appeal over time if it doesn’t gain features that keep it competitive with its rivals and relevant to consumers.

The Ford Edge is a well-named example of this concept. The second-generation version of the midsize SUV has been on the market since the 2015 model year. To keep it sharp, Ford has substantially updated it for 2019. The refreshed Edge sports a restyled exterior, updated infotainment and safety technology, a more modern transmission, and a new performance-focused ST model.

I enjoyed the power, comfort, and interior space of the last Edge I tested, a 2016 Sport. After I got the keys to a well-equipped 2019 Titanium model with all-wheel drive, I learned that the Ford Edge is sharper than ever.

2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Exterior

The outgoing Edge was already an attractive vehicle. Ford facelifted it for 2019 and managed to make it look even better. The new model is familiar, but softer and more polished around the edges. Ford’s designers gave the 2019 Edge a new front fascia and redesigned the headlights. If you look closely, you’ll notice the newest Edge has a reshaped hood. The most obvious change is the ‘19’s grille. In the rear, the Edge wears an updated fascia, liftgate, trim between the new taillights, and exhaust outlets.

The Titanium Elite Package made my press loaner look even better by swapping out the black lower body panels for body-color pieces in the same beautiful Ruby Red as the rest of the Edge and adding front and side chrome accents. A set of attractive two-tone 20-inch wheels added the finishing touches to the appearance upgrade.

2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Interior

The cabin of the 2019 Edge largely resembled the interior of the outgoing model, but that’s a good thing. My press loaner offered plenty of room in the front row for all 5’10” of me and my 5’8” girlfriend. Shortly after she sat in the shotgun seat for the first time she told me how comfortable it was.

Headroom and legroom in the 60/40-split second row was impressive. I got even more comfortable there once I leaned the seats back. Equipment Group 301A took the Edge’s comfort and luxury (and safety – more on that later) to the next level by adding a cooling function to the front seats (heat came standard), heated rear seats, and a generously sized Panoramic Vista Roof, which made the already spacious cabin feel even roomier and more upscale.

The Edge Titanium comes standard with a hands-free, motion-activated rear liftgate. It made loading groceries stress-free. If I had my hands full, I just waved a foot under the rear bumper, and the hatch opened up to reveal 39.2 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats. With the press of a switch in the cargo bay, I could fold those down and increase the Edge’s carrying capacity to 73.4 cubic feet.

2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Performance

Ford did a great job of pairing the Edge’s dimensions with its engine. Direct fuel injection and twin-scroll turbocharging help the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine generate 245 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque (on 93-octane gas). Acceleration was satisfyingly brisk, just as I expected it to be. It’s hard to call the Edge Titanium fast, but then again, it’s not supposed to be. That’s what the sporty 335-horsepower Edge ST is for.

The Edge routes its power through a new eight-speed automatic and either front- or all-wheel drive with a fuel-saving disconnect feature. My test vehicle was equipped with the latter. According to the EPA, its combination of engine and drivetrain layout was capable of getting 21 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined.**

Out on the suburban streets and highways of Austin, Texas, the Edge was remarkably composed. I couldn’t help but mutter to myself how quiet its cabin was, even at 70 mph. The ride quality was smooth and well managed no matter how rough the road underneath me happened to be.

Manually parking the Edge was a snap thanks to its user-friendly dimensions. If I needed a little help reversing into a spot, driving out of one, or parallel parking, Equipment Group 301A’s Enhanced Active Park Assist feature was ready to help me out.

2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Safety

Perhaps the biggest change Ford made to the 2019 Edge was giving it the new Co-Pilot360 suite of safety technologies as standard equipment. Look for it in other Ford vehicles in the near future. In its most basic form, Co-Pilot360 includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, Lane-Keeping System, a rearview camera, and automatic high beams.

One major part of Equipment Group 301A is Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+. That has all of the features of the basic system and some noteworthy additions. Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go and Lane Centering allowed me to maintain a following speed and distance from the vehicle in front of me without having to dance my right foot over the gas and brake pedals. As its name implies, it even did that in stop-and-go traffic (a common condition in my neck of the woods). Evasive Steering Assist was there to provide extra steering power in case I needed to suddenly maneuver around an obstacle. The voice-activated navigation system let me enter an address without taking my eyes off of the road.

2019 Ford Edge

2019 Ford Edge Titanium Overall

By giving the Edge a new look and more up-to-date features, Ford has honed its popular midsize SUV into an even better vehicle for 2019. To experience it for yourself, head over to an AutoNation Ford dealership. Prices start at $29,995*, but if you want to get an Edge just like my all-wheel-drive Titanium media special, expect to pay $47,585.

*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

**Based on EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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