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A white 2023 Ford Edge is shown driving on a road.

An Edge Over the Competition

Accolades, glowing reviews, and happy drivers—what more could a vehicle ask for? Lavish praise has adorned the Edge since its arrival in 2006. In fact, Consumer Reports has included it in lists such as “one of the best midsize crossovers in terms of reliability and fuel efficiency” and “one of the best American vehicles on sale today.” High praise indeed, especially when you consider that one of the components of the Consumer Reports scoring sheet is “owner satisfaction.” This isn’t a fluffy, paid-for review—it comes directly from drivers who own a Ford Edge; those who are driving one day in and day out—to work, school, and stores. Their experiences inform Consumer Reports’ data, which—as you’ve seen—has led the Edge to the top of the charts.

The 2023 Ford Edge is no exception, and it’s built on previous Edges’ success to become an incredibly popular family vehicle that still looks edgy and is powerful enough for an adventure. With its handsome good looks, outstanding performance, and high praise, the Ford Edge does—in fact—have the edge over its competition. What other midsize crossovers have generated so many awards and word-of-mouth recommendations?

A silver Ford Edge is shown parked near a building.

Edging Performance

Performance can make or break vehicle sales. If the powertrain isn’t capable enough, it will feel like you’re huffing and puffing up hills—and no one wants that feeling when there’s a line of cars behind you. You want something with a bit of oomph, even if you’re planning on keeping to city streets. You never know when there’ll be inclement weather, traffic, detours, or other irregularities on your route home.

The Ford Edge’s powertrain is strong, starting with a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0L EcoBoost engine (every model except the ST comes standard with this powertrain), providing 250 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The twin-scroll engine system is an improved turbo system that increases not only fuel efficiency but turbine efficiency as well. Intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD) is also standard and is especially helpful in rain, sleet, snow, gravel, dirt, and mud, as it can divert available power toward the front wheels, preventing your stranded wheels from spinning helplessly—instead boosting traction to enable a quick exit from the aforementioned weather or road conditions. This engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission for a driving experience that is seamlessly smooth and incredibly fun.

If you’re looking for more power, check out the Ford Edge ST model, which features a twin-turbo 2.7L EcoBoost Turbo V6 capable of producing 335 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. This is especially helpful when you decide to haul heavy items or tow your weekend toys to your favorite spot. With the Edge, you’ve got enough power for it all.

The black and white interior and dash of a 2023 Ford Edge is shown.

Cutting-Edge Tech

When it comes to tech and safety, many SUVs have standards like a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Others might have some specialty items for an additional fee, such as a wireless charging pad, a backseat entertainment package, or extra cupholders. The newest Ford Edge, however, has a few things that other vehicles don’t have.

Ford’s Co-Pilot360 technology system, for instance, includes safety features like BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane-Keeping Aid and Alert. Pair that with the two 4.2-inch cluster screens, a 12.0-inch infotainment center, a FordPass Connect 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, SiriusXM with 360L, cabin particulate air control, and intelligent access with push-button start, and you have a modern, savvy, vehicle to take you wherever you need to go. All of these features—safety and tech alike—are included on the base trim level.

Wondering what else the Edge has to offer? Try the ST trim level, which comes with plenty of helpful and exciting features, like AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control and Curve Control, Auto Start-Stop technology, an Enhanced Active Park Assist system, a Bang & Olufsen stereo system with subwoofer, ambient lighting, and driver’s seat memory. This wealth of features makes the Edge a highly sought-after family vehicle.

No matter the trim level, the Edge is equipped to handle almost anything, from poor road conditions to boredom. You’ll have easy access to all the tech and safety the Edge has to offer at the touch of a button or the turn of a knob. You can also add available features, if you so choose, whether you’re interested in the cool front or heated back seats, cargo nets, the universal garage door opener, or the split-view 180-degree camera situated at the front of the Edge.

A green 2023 Ford Edge ST is shown driving on a highway.


That’s right—the Edge also shines regarding the variety of upgrade packages available. Some are more practical, others have added tech, and some are a fun way to customize your Edge. Whether you’re looking to add a package or not, it’s helpful to know what’s offered; you may not realize you need one of the packages until you find out what it entails.

The SEL Sport Appearance Package is for those drivers who want their Edge to stand out with its sporty style. Adding this package to the trim level of your choice upgrades the exterior to include the Navy Pier ActiveX seats, complete with orange stitching, a perfect combination ready for summer by the lake. There are also four 18-inch Carbonized Gray wheels, along with black beltline molding, mirror caps, and perhaps the most important feature, the roof racks, which are a lifesaver when you’ve got ungainly or heavy items that need a safe, secure space to stay without crowding out passengers.

Wanting something to make life easier for you? Take a look at the Edge Convenience Package, which includes a perimeter alarm, a wireless charging pad, a 110-volt 150-watt AC power outlet, a remote start system, a universal garage door opener, and a power liftgate. The latter three, in particular, are excellent for situations where you’re loading up or unloading while enduring inclement weather conditions.

In addition to the convenience package, Ford’s Cargo Accessory Package can help keep things tidy and clean, as well as covered-up to prevent anyone from seeing the goodies inside. The retractable cargo area cover is included with this package, along with a rubber cargo area mat. The rear bumper protector keeps dents and scratches from wayward grocery carts, unwieldy sports equipment, and heavy pieces of furniture.

If you’re planning on taking the Ford Edge on vacation, you’ll want to ask about the Class II Trailer Tow Package, which comes standard with the ST but is available for all trim levels. With this package, the Edge is equipped to tow 3,500 lbs, or the equivalent of a travel trailer, utility trailer, a fiberglass or aluminum fishing boat, or a pair of bikes, snowmobiles, or jet skis.

Living on the Edge

The 2023 Ford Edge has plenty of room, lots of features, and several optional packages that will help you create the mid-size crossover SUV of your dreams. Whether you enjoy a sporty, stylish, or rugged look, the Edge can be customized to suit your taste. It can also be enjoyed just on its own since it has plenty of fun, helpful features across all trim levels.

Even at the base trim level, it’s luxurious enough for a family to be comfortable and relaxed even during a long road trip. With its modern tech and safety features, and the ability to tow your vacation accessories with you, the Edge is the ultimate expression of American family life. Even if you’re not a Ford fan, it’s worth checking out the 2023 Ford Edge just to see what it’s like when America’s favorite automotive company provides the perfect family vehicle—for families from Maine to Washington.