The Ford Edge ST, a new and well-tuned version of their ordinary “SUV” (medium-sized hatchback), is Ford’s first performance crossover, coming long after many competitors.
Ford claims a hefty 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque from their turbo V6. With that much power, all wheel drive is practically a requirement, given the torque steer you’d get in an ordinary front-driver. The company claims best in class power (it helps that the 707-horsepower Jeep Grand Cherokee Hellcat is an SUV, not a crossover).
The 2019 Edge ST will cost $43,350, with well-optioned versions costing around $52,000. That’s about $1,500 more than the Edge Sport, which it’s replacing, according to Automotive News. That includes a $2,695 brake-and-wheel package, various driver assistance and convenience items, and all wheel drive. The suspension and black mesh grille, copied years ago from the 1994 Dodge Ram, are unique to the ST.
The company also sells a four-cylinder “hot hatch,” the Focus ST. The base Edge has a 250-hp 2-liter turbo engine and an eight-speed transmission, which is roughly comparable to the 2019 Jeep Cherokee’s optional 270-horse 2-liter four-cylinder and nine-speed automatic (the base engine on the Cherokee is a mere 180 horsepower).
The author of books on the Dodge Viper, Jeep pickups and wagons, and Chrysler minivans (as well as a kid’s book about early Jeeps), David Zatz has been writing about cars and trucks since the early 1990s; he also writes on organizational development and business at toolpack.com and covers Mac statistics software at macstats.org. His latest book, for kids, is Meet the Jeep.
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