In a crowded field of medium-sized utility vehicles, Ford’s muscular, performance-focused Edge crossover splendidly putting down 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque has always stood out, offering buyers a sportier, well-handling machine in a stylish package.
First, with the Edge Sport introduced back in 2009; then, replaced with the Edge ST in 2019 when Ford Performance finally got their way with this popular seller, managing to pump out 20 extra horses — from 315-hp to 335-hp, respectively — from the same 2.7L EcoBoost V6 found in both variants.
And before older sibling Explorer joined the ST family for 2020 with its whopping 400-hp, the Edge ST held the crown as Ford’s quickest SUV to date. Regardless, a mid-size crossover putting down 335-hp is pretty impressive.
Also impressive is the fact the current model sports the most powerful V6 engine available in the medium utility segment — that’s quite the feat going up against the glossy luxury models including the Audi SQ5, Range Rover Evoque, and new 272-hp 2021 Acura RDX A-Spec with its 2.0L VTEC engine.
Edge ST power compared to Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium
Compared to the other trims in the Edge lineup, the ST is world’s apart in terms of power.
The 2020 Edge SE, SEL, and Titanium all produce 250-hp @ 5,500 rpm and 275 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm courtesy of a 2.0L 16-valve EcoBoost inline-4 powerplant. Yes, an 85-hp and over 100 torque differential. And these non-ST trims come with front-wheel drive as standard, with all-wheel drive as optional.
Of course, ST buyers aren’t the conventional Edge consumers who are simply seeking a well-designed mid-size utility with ample cargo and the latest tech. The same could be said about the new Explorer ST.
Even the folks at Pursuit Systems in Hollywood are using the Edge ST as their new camera car.
More than just horsepower
Big power aside, Ford Performance’s first SUV is fun to drive, from the open highways to twisty backroads. The specially tuned 2.7L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine pairs to an 8-speed automatic transmission offering quick shifts for a smoother drive and better handling.
Add standard all-wheel drive offered with selectable traction control, and ST-tuned sport suspension and steering systems to the mix, the 2020 Edge ST will sprint 0-60 in under 6-seconds.
Enhanced stopping assembly & bigger wheels with ST Performance Package
For even better handling, add the optional ST Performance Brake Package for improved stopping abilities.
All Edge models, including the ST, find ventilated discs up front. But in the rear, the ST with the Performance Package gains performance discs versus the ventilated discs in the base ST; also, the front and rear pad material with this package are also performance pads, compared to comfort pads found across the Edge lineup, including base ST.
The ST Performance Package also ramps up the wheels — from the base ST’s 20-inch aluminum wheels with high-gloss black-painted pockets wrapped in 245/50R20 tires, to the bigger 21-inch premium gloss black-painted aluminum upgraded rollers wrapped in 245/50R20 rubber.
End of the day, the Edge ST with its 335-hp is for buyers seeking a medium-sized utility that offers the type of performance and handling simply not abundantly available in this segment, and at a price point nowhere near the pricey Germans.
It stands out from the crowd, and with the Explorer ST in the lineup, Ford SUV shoppers are pretty much covered on the performance front.
2020 Edge ST performance specs:
- Engine: 2.7L DOHC 24-valve EcoBoost V6
- Horsepower: 335 @ 5,500 rpm
- Torque: 380 lb.-ft. @ 3,000 rpm
- Displacement: 166 cubic inches
- Valvetrain: Hydraulic compensating lash adjuster
- Fuel capacity: 18.4 gallons, FWD; 18.5 gallons, AWD
- Drivetrain: Intelligent AWD with all-wheel drive disconnect standard
- Transmission: 8-speed automatic
- Suspension: MacPherson strut and L-shaped lower control arm with isolated subframe and stabilizer bar (across the Edge lineup but ST is specifically tuned)
- Steering: Electric power steering, rack-and-pinion (across the Edge lineup)
- Wheels: 20-inch on base ST; 21-inch with ST Performance Package
- Tires: 245/50R20 standard; 265/40R21 available