A Fresh Edge: The 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite

Front 3/4 view of 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite
The 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite.
It's been a bit over three years since the last time I drove a Ford Edge, and there have been some changes---both in the Edge itself and in its place in Ford's future.

In the fall of 2015, the Edge was the middle child of Ford's crossover SUV lineup---bigger than the Escape, smaller than the Explorer---with some wondering how much of a future there was for any crossover that didn't have a third row of seats.

But now, with Ford's decision to focus its portfolio on the Mustang, the F-Series pickups, the Expedition and its crossovers, the Edge looks like it could very well be Ford's future bread-and-butter machine.

Rear 7/8 view of 2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite
2019 Ford Edge Titanium Elite.
As for the Edge itself, it's had a mild refresh for 2019, with sportier front and rear fascias, grilles, hoods and liftgates.   The new standard transmission is an eight-speed automatic, and automatic start/stop is also standard.  Those two items boost the EPA fuel economy average to 22 city/29 highway from the prior 20/28.  Power continues to come from Ford's 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder, which makes an impressive 250 horsepower.

Ford has also put a priority on drive assist technology as standard equipment for the 2019 Edge, with Ford Co-Pilot 360, which includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, rearview camera and auto high-beam headlamps.  Post-impact braking and rain-sensing wipers are also standard.

The base price of $38,760 for the Edge Titanium also includes wireless phone charging, a Bang & Olufsen premium audio system, heated leather-trimmed seats and a hands-free foot-activate liftgate as standard equipment.   That's just the start of a very long list of what comes with at the base price:

  • Stainless exhaust tips
  • LED fog lamps
  • Chrome grille
  • Automatic bi-LED headlamps with auto high beam
  • Wiper-activated headlamps
  • LED signature lighting
  • Power heated folding exterior mirrors with LED turn signals, approach lamps and memory
  • Rear door privacy glass
  • 60/40 folding rear bench seat
  • Ambient lighting
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Eight cupholders
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Illuminated sill plates
  • Ten-way power adjustable heated driver and front passenger seats with driver memory
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with cruise and audio controls
  • 12-volt powerpoints
  • Two smart charging USB ports
  • FordPass 4G Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Intelligent access with pushbutton start
  • Remote start
Interior view of 2019 Ford Edge Titanium
2019 Ford Edge Titanium interior.
That doesn't leave a lot out, but our tester did have a few extra-cost options:

  • Equipment Group 301A---Evasive steering assist, voice-activated touchscreen navigation, adaptive cruise with stop and go and lane centering, enhanced active park assist, heated rear seats, cooled front seats and a panoramic vista roof ($4,150).
  • Titanium Elite package---.245/50R20 A/S black sidewall tires, 20-inch bright machined aluminum wheels with premium dark stainless-painted pockets, body-colored front bumper and lower fascia with chrome inserts, a body-colored rear bumper, and body-colored lower side cladding with chrome inserts ($1,195).
Add destination charges of $1,095 and the bottom line comes to $45,200, but Ford is currently offering $2,000 of incentives on the Edge Titanium, so that really works out to $43,200---which, remarkably, is $385 less than the Edge I reviewed three years ago.  

If you don't need a third row of seats---and let's be honest, the vast majority of us don't and the vast majority of vehicles with them are a compromise in terms of third row comfort, cargo space or both---the 2019 Ford Edge is a solid choice for a crossover.