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Auto review: For all its quirks, it should be the Ford Edgy ST

By Scott Sturgis, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Business News

2020 Ford Edge ST AWD: A Mustang but taller?

Price: $52,540 as tested. The ST Performance Brake Package added $2,695; Cold Weather Package added heated steering wheel and more for $495. More below.

Conventional wisdom: "No quicker than the old Sport model," says Car and Driver.

Marketer's pitch: "Top IIHS safety pick." Wow. Exciting.

Reality: Somewhere between a Focus RS — and a Windstar.

What's new: The Ford Edge ST is a new name (well, new for 2019) for the sporty version of the Ford Edge midsize SUV.

 

Driver's Seat: But first, Ford Edge, how I haven't missed your cockpit. The long dashboard top, second only to an old Windstar or Pontiac Trans Sport for pizza box carrying abilities. The angled dashboard front, with the instrument cluster and infotainment systems oddly contorted. The seat that won't go the way I want and the steering wheel that telescopes just not far enough.

Odd perch: Maybe the name "Edge" refers to the feeling I get peering over the edge of the long, long hood? The front feels so long it's like the opposite of a minivan. It's like piloting a Duesenberg or a 1947 Lincoln Continental.

Up to speed: Despite its quirks, much is forgiven when driving. The Edge ST has plenty of juice to liven things up; Sport mode especially quickens the pace.

The 2.7-liter EcoBoost V-6 creates 335 horsepower and gets to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds, according to Motor Trend. But Car and Driver and Motor Trend both note that it doesn't have the oomph of earlier Sport models.

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