The 2018 Ford Edge has the same engine type for its SE, SEL and Titanium trims. Each vehicle is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo inline-four with 245 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. The Sport possesses a 2.7-liter turbo V6 with 315 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. The SEL and Titanium models can also be upgraded to the V6 unit. A front-wheel drive system and six-speed transmission gearbox is standard for the Ford Edge models. There is an option for an all-wheel drive in the series as well. We took the all-wheel drive Sport trim of the new Ford Edge for a spin. So far, it has performed well during the test drive. The acceleration of the auto from zero to 60 mph was at 8.3 seconds, which is pretty average compared to its rivals in the market. The stopping power of the SUV's brakes are superb as it only need 119 feet to stop from a 60 mph run. The steering, handling and transmission was adequate too. The Ford Edge Sport was only tested on a paved road under a fair weather. We bet it could also perform well off-road with its all-wheel drive system and with the right tires for the rugged terrain.
The 2018 Ford Edge's most affordable unit is the SE trim. It has automatic headlights, remote locking and unlocking, 4.2-inch central display screen, rearview camera, Bluetooth, USB port, voice commands and six-speaker audio system. The SEL takes the notch up a little with the addition of heated side mirrors, parking sensors for reversing, keyless entry, auto-dimming rearview mirror, climate control, power-adjustable front seats and satellite radio. Going for the SEL adds heated front seats, nine-speaker sound system, 8-inch touchscreen under the Sync 3 infotainment system, extra USB port, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. The Titanium brings up the game with 12-speaker Sony audio system with HD radio, driver's seat with memory settings, ambient interior lighting and hands-free liftgate. Lastly, the Sport tops everything up with its sports suspension, variable-ratio steering and power-adjustable steering wheel. Those who want to further customize their 2018 Edge can get the optional packages offered by Ford such as the upgraded navigation system, panoramic sunroof, xenon headlamps, ventilated front seats, bigger wheels, rear-seat entertainment system, 12-speaker audio and several driver assistance systems. The number of optional upgrades vary for each trim though.
The standard rearview camera makes reversing the SUV a lot easier. The parking sensors also help compensate for the blind spots of the auto. Furthermore, there are a lot of optional technologies that help improve its safety like the blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning, forward collision alert, automated parking and 180-degree front camera. The crossover garnered a five-star rating in collision tests conducted by various government and private agencies tasked in monitoring highway safety, particularly the Institute for Highway Safety. The rigidity of its roof, side panels, head restraints and seats all gained a -Good- scores.
The 2018 Edge features a muscular look accentuated by its sharp edges, striking body lines, prominent radiator grille, narrow lights, high ground clearance, dual exhaust tips and 18-inch wheels. There are noticeable similarities between the visuals of the Edge and the Ford Escape, but the Escape distinguishes itself from its sibling with its bigger body that can house more room inside making it a more ideal ride for the family. Going for the higher trims starting from the SEL adds LED light accents and there is also an optional panoramic sunroof across the range, except for the base SE trim. The wheels get bigger on the SEL and Titanium with a measurement of 19 inches. The Sport takes the 20-inch wheels plus more accessories for its athletic feel and appeal. Overall, the 2018 Ford Edge just carried over all the cosmetic features and engine configurations found in its 2017 model. The only updates in the 2018 SUV come in the form of its more advanced safety, comfort and driver assistance systems starting in the SEL trim. The Sport Appearance Package for the SEL up to the Sport trims is introduced in the 2018 Edge that offer new magnetic metallic-painted 10-spoke 19-inch wheels, rear spoiler, plus front and rear skid plates. The package include blacked out bezels and window trims too. In addition, the kit revamps the interior of the SUV with new fabric material and stitching.
The interior of the 2018 Ford Edge's standard SE trim is mostly covered in black leather surfaces. Glossy black plastic is used to house its controls and chrome accents highlight some of its important elements like the 4.2-inch central display screen. Basically, the 2018 Ford Edge is available in four trims. These are the SE, SEL, Titanium and Sport trims. The SE is the standard model of the range so it only has all the basic stuff you need during a trip, except with a handful of advanced tech on board. The SEL and the Titanium add a few tech and comfort features. The range-topper is the Sport with more navigation, entertainment, safety and comfort elements. The price of the Ford Edge goes up from $29,220 in its standard SE to $40,675 in Sport. So, we recommend the SEL for you to best experience the features of the unit without throwing much of your money with too much tech and accessories that are not essential in your daily driving. The cabin of the auto is nothing out of the ordinary but we felt very comfortable in its seats. Its covers can be upgraded with better materials in the trims above SEL and the optional packages of Ford for the vehicle. The interior was well-insulated from outside noise during our 60 mph cruise. Then, there is plenty of room in the vehicle with its five-seating capacity.
The crossover has a 39.2 cu-ft of cargo capacity when the rear seats are up and 73.4 cu-ft when the seats are folded down.