By all accounts, the Ford Edge ST has been a hot addition to The Blue Oval’s rapidly-expanding truck and SUV/crossover lineup. Performance utilities are all the rage these days, and the ST is pretty darn fast for a practical family hauler. But not everyone want or needs to get from home from their kid’s soccer practice in record time. Some folks just like the way the ST looks. Luckily for them, the new 2020 Ford Edge ST-Line offers up the perfect solution.
The Ford Edge ST-Line wears the ST’s aggressive bodywork and looks the part of a performer. But instead of packing the ST’s 2.7L EcoBoost V6 that produces 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, the ST-Line gets by with the standard 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 that makes 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Like the ST, the ST-Line also employs an eight-speed automatic transmission. But while all-wheel-drive is standard on the ST, it’s optional on the ST-Line, and front-wheel-drive is standard.
For those who don’t care about more performance but enjoy the way the ST looks, the Ford Edge ST-Line will save them a ton of cash, as its starting price is $5,165 less than the ST: $38,100 versus $43,265. But the average onlooker will never be able to tell the difference between the two, unless they notice that the actual ST badge present on the “real” ST is missing from the ST-Line.
That’s because the Ford Edge ST-Line wears a unique ST-style grille with body-colored bumpers, black ST beltline molding and lower sport cladding, standard fog lamps, signature LED lighting, black roof rack side rails, 20-inch gloss black aluminum wheels, and unique Edge ST-Line badging.
The Edge ST-Line also comes loaded with technology including standard SYNC 3 with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze, and Ford+Alexa compatibility, plus a wireless phone charging pad. Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist Plus technology featuring Enhanced Active Park Assist, Evasive Steering Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, with Stop-and-Go, Lane-Centering, and All-Wheel-Drive Disconnect is optional.
Since its introduction in 2018, the Edge ST has been a sales success, as Ford has sold twice as many units as it did of the previous Edge Sport. In 2019 and 2020, nearly 13 percent of all Edge sales have been ST models.
One might call the Edge ST-Line a regular Edge with the looks of the hotter ST, and they wouldn’t be wrong. It’s worth noting that this is the first Ford product to receive the ST-Line treatment in North America. Overseas, Ford has already been offering the ST-Line treatment on another model – the Fiesta.