The Ford Edge has proven to be quite a popular vehicle at Consumer Reports in recent months as the crossover has routinely racked up accolades from the research organization. The 2018 Edge made the cut as one of CR‘s most reliable mid-size crossovers, while the 2014-2015 Edge was named one of the best and most affordable used vehicles for teenagers. The recently refreshed 2021 Ford Edge was also recently named one of the best SUVs available for less than $40,000, as well as one of the best mid-size crossovers with standard safety features for under $35k. Now, the 2021 Ford Edge has earned yet another distinction from Consumer Reports, making its list of the 10 best SUVs on sale today.
To compile this latest list, CR simply pulled up its most current overall scores, which are calculated using a number of factors including road test results, test center evaluations, reliability and owner satisfaction scores, available safety features, and both government and insurance industry crash test data. The list is limited to mass-market vehicles, however – no luxury crossovers or SUVs here.
After the dust settled, the 2021 Ford Edge ranked eighth on Consumer Reports‘ top ten list with an overall score of 83 out of 100. CR called the Edge a “pleasant, well-rounded, two-row midsized SUV that’s distinguished by its fine handling, steady ride, and quiet interior, along with a premium cabin feel that rivals some luxury models.”
CR also notes that Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost I-4 provides “strong yet quiet acceleration,” though it prefers the smoother shifts of the old six-speed automatic transmission to the newer eight-speed gearbox. On the inside, the Edge offers plenty of space in all rows and the rear cargo area and features easy-to-use controls, as well as a plethora of standard safety features. The only knock CR has inside is reserved for the left footrest, which can lead to a somewhat cramped driving position.