2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future

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2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
2019 Ford Edge ST first drive review: Down payment on the future
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2019 Ford Edge ST, 2018 Detroit auto show

Basics, bettered

The 2019 Ford Edge ST doesn’t dampen any of the crossover’s packaging appeal. It’s not the richest-looking interior for what can reach $54,000, but the Edge ST maintains the vast front-seat space—you can swing an arm between the door and a leg—and betters it with thickly bolstered sport seats.

The back seat’s the perfect slide-across height for medium-sized adults, and the Edge has excellent knee and foot room. With the panoramic sunroof, head room is tight for back-seat passengers, but the back seat rest reclines, and three can sit across for short trips, no worries. Storage is fine, but the center console in front is deep but not particularly wide: If you’re transporting a vase full of flowers on a daily basis, look no further.

Every 2019 Edge gets forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and active lane control as well as adaptive cruise control. Each also gets a meh-resolution touchscreen interface that sports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, plus USB ports.

The addition of the ST badge brings the aforementioned bigger wheels, as well as a wider grille, dual exhausts, and an array of blacked-out trim that burnishes off some of the weight of time. It still looks fresh, even if it’s not particularly young.

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The bottom line

With the Edge ST, Ford has begun to probe how many drivers are willing to chuck their current notions of performance and transfer them to an SUV silhouette—and how much they’ll pay for it.

In a timeline of all past and present ST machines, the Edge disrupts the time-space continuum. There’s no turning back: Ford won’t be introducing new Focus and Fiesta badges in the U.S., but it does have a new Escape crossover and a new Explorer SUV ready to roll. The future for this two-letter badge definitely has a wagon form factor.

The ST badge never was a sea-change for any of its host vehicles; this is no nutso edition that blows the spec sheet out in all directions. That would be the job of an Edge RS. That would imply an AMG-like strategy, and that would make us think. Escape RS? Please tell us there’s someone who cares little enough about their career track to mock up an Explorer RS. That woman is a hero.

Do all that, and then we’ll really know what an ST is, and what it can do. And then we’ll know whether the $43,350 Edge ST is money down on a future of sporty SUVs—or if it’s considered payment in full.

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