There’s a reason more and more drivers are taking a look at crossover SUVs. They mark off a lot of boxes for a lot of drivers, after all. They’re sturdy and reliable, with power and performance that can handle the daily rigors of urban and rural roads alike. They’re roomy without being overpowering and provide plenty of options for drivers to customize their ride. This is the recipe that makes the 2022 Ford Edge a runaway success.
We’ve been told time and time again that there’s no such thing as a “perfect” vehicle, but the Ford Edge is able to accommodate a lot of needs and wants in a single midsize two-row crossover SUV. From engine options that more than get the job done to trims that put everything right where it needs to be, and safety features that will provide greater confidence on the road of life, the 2022 Ford Edge manages to make a lot of dreams come true at once. Let’s take a detailed look at Ford’s winning formula for this not-too-big, not-too-little, but just right crossover.
The key to success is often the same one that starts the engine…at least metaphorically speaking, since all 2022 Ford Edge SUVs come equipped with push-button start. In fact, remote start is an option for several models. Regardless, the fact remains that the 2022 Ford Edge has been given two very highly praised engines.
The first and standard in nearly every trim is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4. Good for 250 horsepower and 280 lb-ft of torque, this engine proves that life doesn’t have to move in slow motion. With plenty of zip to handle the quick accelerations of city life and the stamina to handle road trips, this engine provides a polite and responsive drive. It also provides a reasonable fuel economy to help you get where you need to go. EPA estimates include 21 miles per gallon on city streets, with 28 miles per gallon on the highway.
Those who select the super-sporty ST trim will be treated to a 2.7L twin-turbocharged V6. This engine takes things up several notches with its 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. With its sport-tuned suspension and trim-specific road-hugging tires, the drive style of the ST and its peppier engine is a bit different than the standard 2.0L, which will thrill those looking for a little more excitement and inspiration on the road. The estimated fuel economy here is 19 miles per gallon city and 25 miles per gallon highway.
One key feature of the 2022 Edge is that all models include standard all-wheel drive. The result is an agile ride in all sorts of conditions or terrain, which can improve your peace of mind when things get sloppy outside.
Extending your peace of mind is Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 technology, included in each trim of the 2022 Edge. Each trim level gets its own package of standard safety and driver assistance equipment. The SE trim starts things out with the necessities, including automatic wiper-activated headlamps, rear parking sensors, BLIS, lane-keep assist, and a rear view camera. The SEL and ST-Line trims unlock a variety of packages and options, including Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, as well as Evasive Steering, which enables the Edge to automatically help you get out of sticky traffic situations. The most luxurious model, the Titanium trim, as well as the sporty ST trim, include additional technology such as rain-sensing windshield wipers to help drivers get the most out of their vehicle.
Each 2022 Ford Edge is also equipped with roll stability control and traction control, tuned to keep drivers on the road in a variety of conditions. Paired with the intelligent all-wheel drive that comes standard on each Edge, this provides greater road grip and response when taking sharp turns or corners and when dealing with damp conditions. Bi-LED headlamps are also on board, making long trips through the misty hillsides less intimidating and more scenic.
With so much to love about the 2022 Ford Edge offered as standard equipment, it might seem like choosing the ideal trim for you could be harder than you expected. The 2022 Edge is offered in five trims: SE, SEL, ST-Line, Titanium, and ST.
The SE may be considered the base trim, but it has plenty of charm. The infotainment system is equipped with Ford’s new SYNC 4A technology, which Ford is teasing as “the smartest version of SYNC ever.” SYNC 4A has been programmed to learn your needs and anticipate your requests, which is a definite improvement over flipping through a large CD binder or scanning endlessly through radio stations. Also on board are a FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM radio, and dual-zone automatic climate control, all of which can be managed through the 12-inch centralized touchscreen.
The SEL trim adds a few fun extras, such as a driver-configurable digital gauge cluster and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, but the true fun of the SEL trim is the extra packages that are unlocked at this level. For drivers that love to customize, the SEL trim can be outfitted with a Class II Trailer Tow Package, an Adventure Package, which adds ActiveX seating, and 18-inch wheels, which add remote start and a power liftgate.
For those who enjoy a sleek, sporty appearance but don’t require the level of performance found in the Edge ST, the ST-Line offers all the looks but keeps its need for power in check. Instead, it provides some of the top-shelf glamour found in the Titanium trim. Remote start and a wireless charging pad come standard in the ST-Line, along with a 110V power outlet and ActiveX power-adjustable heated front seats.
Moving up to the Titanium trim adds a few bonuses that many drivers will find irresistible. This includes a hands-free liftgate, which is operated with foot gestures, ambient lighting throughout the cabin, memory settings that recall exterior mirror settings for drivers, and an upgraded Bang & Olufsen 12 speaker audio system. The Titanium trim also adds leather-trimmed bucket seats, with the option to provide the rear passengers with heated seats, as well. Additional options are extended to Titanium drivers, including the Titanium Elite appearance package, which adds chrome to the exterior, and Brick Red Brunello accents to the interior. You’ll also be able to tack on options such as voice-activated navigation, ventilated front seats, and an Enhanced Active Park Assist System that can handle impressive parking feats such as parallel parking and reverse perpendicular parking on its own.
Many of the interior and safety features included in the ST trim mirror those of the Titanium, but remember - this is a very special edition. Not only will drivers enjoy the peppier engine mentioned earlier, but active noise control, a sport-tuned suspension, 20-inch wheels, and specialized floor mats. Also exclusive to the ST are leather-trimmed seats with Miko inserts, embossed captain’s chairs, and a perforated leather steering wheel featuring the ST logo. Drivers can add many of the comfort and convenience options from the Titanium trim to the ST, but a special ST Performance Brake Package is also offered. This supplies the ST trim with 21-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, Colorado Red painted calipers, front and rear vented disc brakes with custom front rotors, and summer-only tires. In other words, you’ll be cool as can be from Stop to Go.