Not so long ago, the Blue Oval company announced that Ford Edge will end its production and leave the space for a new electric SUV. However, the company doesn’t want to rush things, which makes perfect sense if we consider that the current model still marks pretty impressive sales ratings. That’s why it’s going to remain in production for another year at least. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2023 Ford Edge will come without more important changes, with familiar design characteristics and features.
In other words, you may count on an SUV that still has some pretty good things to offer. We like its capable engines, as well as a pretty spacious and well-equipped cabin. Furthermore, the cargo area is also spacious, while the infotainment system is great. On the other side, the model definitely shows its age in terms of interior design, as well as in terms of not particularly great handling.
As there are no significant changes to come, we expect that the 2023 Ford Edge will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2023 Ford Edge Design
The current, second generation of this SUV has been around since 2015 but despite the age, it still looks pretty good. That’s mostly because of the 2019 update, which has brought a completely new, far more attractive styling. The visual appearance hasn’t changed much since then but we could say that the current model still follows the brand’s contemporary design language. As the 2023 Ford Edge will probably represent the final production year, we don’t expect any change, though there’s always a chance to see new colors options.
The mechanical aspect is where this SUV shows a bit of its age. It rides on the CD4 platform and features a suspension setup that won’t impress you with handling. Simply, rivals like Honda Passport feel more engaging and easier to drive, though we have to say that the overall driving experience is generally pleasant.
This is where things become obvious the current Edge is from 2015. Simply, the dashboard design feels a little bit old. Moreover, the materials are definitely below segment standards and we could say that’s probably the weakest point of this SUV. However, the company did a few things to keep this cabin up to date. The 2021 refresh brought a new 12.0-inch touchscreen, which is the company’s latest infotainment system.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about regarding interior space. Both rows are generous with space and accommodate adults with ease. Also, the front seats are decently sized and offer decent support, while the driving position is good. The cargo area offers around 39 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.5 cubic feet of the total cargo space, which is pretty good for the segment.
The 2023 Ford Edge might come with a few novelties but we are pretty sure that most of the things are about to remain the same. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, a 12-inch touch screen, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, four USB ports, satellite radio, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and a six-speaker stereo. Also, count on optional features like wireless device charging, navigation, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a household-style power outlet, remote start, and a universal garage door opener, and a panoramic roof.
The same thing is with safety and driver-assistance features. Base models should come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Ford Edge Engines
Things under the hood won’t change either. So, base models will come with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That’s a pretty respectable amount of power and torque, which ensures solid driving dynamics. The engine comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission.
For those who are looking for something peppier, there is a 2.7-liter V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. Also, this engine comes with a newer-generation 7-speed transmission.
All models come standard with all-wheel drive. The base engine returns around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which is pretty good for the segment. The V6 returns around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway, which is about average in the mid-size SUV class.
2023 Ford Edge Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Ford Edge will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year, with a starting price of around 37.000 dollars. Key competitors are models like Honda Passport, Chevy Blazer, Nissan Murano etc.