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We’re Driving The 2021 Ford Edge ST – What Do You Want To Know?

We’re spending the week with the 2021 Ford Edge ST. Our Edge ST is coated in Performance Blue paint (which is no longer available in the 2022 model year) over an Ebony interior, plus a couple of optional packages to boot:

  • Equipment Group 401A ($5,750)
  • ST Performance Brake Package ($2,695)

The MSRP for the base 2021 Ford Edge ST is $43,100. Our Edge ST has $8,445 in options, which combined with the $1,245 delivery fee brings the total MSRP to $52,790.

The 2021 Edge ST with the twin-turbocharged Ford 2.7L V6 EcoBoost is rated to produce 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque and features a new-for-2021 seven-speed automatic transmission. Ford Authority previously tested a 2019 Edge ST, but that model came equipped with the old eight-speed gearbox. Fuel economy comes in at an EPA estimated 19 miles-per-gallon in the city, 25 on the highway, and 21 combined.

We’re spending a week with Ford’s high-performance crossover, so if you would like to know more about it, ask your questions in the comments section, and we’ll reply as soon as we can, as part of our interactive review.

Ready… set… go!

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Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Mike T.

    I’ve been looking at the Edge ST as a replacement to my current Edge V6 but haven’t been able to drive one because dealers around me don’t have any and don’t know when they will have any. So how does it drive overall? Does it feel quick?

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    1. Alex Luft

      Yeah, inventory is certainly an issue.
      Overall, the Edge ST drives really well. It feels very competent and well put together. And yes, it certainly feels quick, whether off the line or passing. In fact, I would even describe it as being more than quick… fast, even. Even better, it’s easy to drive the Edge ST quick…. it’s a comfortable and effortless companion.
      Also, I’m a huge fan of the seats: the bolstering is just right, the materials are spot on, and the ventilation feature is much appreciated in this Miami heat.

      Thanks for the question!

      Reply
  2. Joe Dirte

    How’s the tablet style center screen?

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    1. Alex Luft

      I must preface my answer by saying that I’m not a fan of the tablet-style screens. That said, this one gets the job done. The colors are vivid, the touch response is fast, and the CarPlay integration is well-done. However, I still wish for the HVAC controls to be physical buttons, rather than be on the screen. As it stands, I am forced to look down at the screen to control HVAC settings, which is something that doesn’t happen with physical buttons.

      Thanks for the question!

      Reply
  3. William D Mullaney

    I’ve had my Edge ST since 2019 and at 32,000 miles we have had to replace a battery under warranty and replaced the Hankook 20″ tires with Michelins. Otherwise, it has been flawless. The price to replace it has increased by $10,000 in MSRP and the interest rate has moved well above 0%. Is the updated transmission and tech on the later models make it worth getting a newer Edge ST before Ford discontinues the model altogether at the end of 2023?

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    1. NCEcoBoost

      The battery on my ’17 Fusion died 2 years in and Ford wouldn’t pay for a new one. So, I had to shell out the $300 (that much thanks to start/stop). I’m wondering if they’ll replace the engine when that goes (like others are doing) if it does so out of extended warranty (thanks to low miles due to COVID). Unless you’re a die-hard Ford fan, I’d look elsewhere for a replacement when that time comes; most Edge engines are caught in the same engine replacement situation. In this class, I’d go Santa Fe hands down right now. It’s less expensive than the smaller Tucson, feature for feature and nothing in the class has its many features, dollar for dollar (and big incentives will appear when the chip crisis subsides (if it ever does).

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  4. N

    I drive a 2020 Edge ST. I love it! Very competent vehicle. Well built comfortable and fast. What I don’t understand is why Ford would discontinue a model that is this nice? Why?

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    1. Alex Luft

      I second your notion that the Edge ST is comfortable and has several great attributes, including being comfortable while also being quick (fast, in fact).

      As for why it will be dropped, the following is just my analysis of the situation, and not anything official from Ford.

      The Edge has (almost) always not sold in great numbers (selling about half to a third of the Explorer). The current generation is running its lifespan and is in need of a redesign, at least when it comes to small things like technology, cameras, etc. From what I understand, Ford has elected to forego this redesign, and will instead allocate these funds toward developing an electric replacement to the Edge.
      Personally, the one thing I hope the electric Edge achieves is a more inspiring design when it comes to the shape of the vehicle itself. While the current Edge is far from ugly and looks good from some angles, its overall shape is not really all that attractive. That, I believe, is the biggest thing holding back Edge sales.

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  5. Joe R

    I still don’t understand why Ford is getting rid of this model. I now own a 2021 Ford ST Line and love it. This is my second Ford Edge and would certainly consider upgrading to a newer one when time comes to trade. This vehicle fits my driving style very well. I am pleased with the gas mileage over my last one, all without sacrificing performance. Come on Ford, keep the Edge going for a few more years.

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  6. Patrick Farney

    I heard the Ford Edge will be discontinued after 2023. Why buy one now when the value will take a hit after 2023?? Wait and pick up a used one at a better price.

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  7. Carleton W

    Hard to believe an Explorer ST is not much more expensive than an Edge ST. I think the price of the Edge ST is just too much for what you get.

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  8. dwhite

    I have a 2020 Edge ST and love everything about it EXCEPT the 8-speed transmission. While it works pretty well when you are on the gas, at other times it doesn’t seem to know how to down-shift in “spirited” driving. In “S” mode, using the paddles, it doesn’t shift well from 2-to-3. I have to hit the Up paddle again to get it to change to 4 to keep going.
    I’ve read here at Ford Authority, that the 2021 Edge ST’s 7-speed transmission is a software change on the 8-speed, not new hardware.
    I would like to know if there is a way that I can get this software on my 2020.

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  9. Lou

    Is Ford still using the same pathetic one-note horn that my 2020 Edge has? It sounds like a 1974 Pinto horn. It’s embarrassing to use it, not to mention a safety hazard because no one can hear it. Come on Ford spend 50 cents and put a real horn in all your vehicles, it’s not like the Edge is an entry level economy car (which still deserves a decent horn).

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    1. Alex Luft

      “Is Ford still using the same pathetic one-note horn that my 2020 Edge has?”

      Unfortunately, yes. I noticed this the other day when honking at a driver floating into my lane. I do not foresee this changing before the Edge’s upcoming discontinuation after the 2023 model year.

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  10. Dennis

    When will I be able to see the 2023 Edge ST options and then place an order?

    Reply
  11. Tony Buonocore

    I have the 2017 Sport. Love the car. It has every option available. I’ve never had a problem with it except for the back-up camera goes dark sometimes with no audible sound. I won’t use the auto park because of that. No recall on it. Anyone out there having that problem?

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  12. David Pickford

    If this engine had been sent to Australia instead of the full 2 litre diesel we got stuck with sales would have possibly given Ford the numbers to keep it being produced. Everyone loves the cars and what you get for the dollars but are put off by the diesel; didn’t help that it didn’t come as a seven seater which the Aussie Territory it replaced did.

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  13. Britcardriver

    We have a 2019 ST with 42,493 miles on it since purchase May 2019. Purchased to mothball a Mini Paceman S All 4 for later enjoyment.
    The main reason we chose the Edge ST was the ability to carry adults in the rear seats in comfort with easy ingress/egress. The recessed floor sills and lack of wheel arch just makes it easy. From 5’2” adults being able to have good outward vision to head height for the 6’2”ers, everybody has found it comfortable, even on 8 hour drives.
    We have a lot of good to say about the ST, we love it. To the point that we ordered a 2022 Edge ST in early December 2021, but the build date keeps getting pushed back, now late June 2022. Our big disappointment is the discontinuance of the performance blue paint.
    in answer to dwhite’s comment/question on the transmission software: this 8 speed transmission shifting is a farce. It took me three tries at the dealership to get the software update to convert it to the 7 speed which made a big difference. It can be done.
    Love our ST. We planning to keep the 2019 and let the 2022 go to some other buyer for them to enjoy. Been absolutely dependable.

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