The current generation of Ford’s two-row mid-size SUV has been around since 2015 and if you ask experts, they will say it feels old in many aspects. However, the market demands them, as the current model still makes pretty good sales numbers. More than 85.000 units have been sold during 2021 and that’s the reason why the production of this SUV will be extended for the next year as well. According to the latest reports, the 2023 Ford Edge will be the final production year. After that, it will be discontinued after the 2023 model year and replaced with an all-electric SUV.
As we are talking about the final production year, it’s quite obvious that there are no significant changes to come. We expect to see a familiar layout, with familiar features and design solutions. The Edge will continue to deliver familiar qualities, such as capable powertrain options, a long list of standard and available equipment, as well as spacious and comfortable seats.
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
Design-wise, the 2023 Ford Edge will definitely continue in the same way, with the design that’s based on a familiar CD4 platform. Most of the parts, in terms of mechanics, are shared with the Lincoln Nautilus and this includes the wheelbase as well, which measures 112.2 inches. Starting from the 2022 model year, the Edge is available in AWD versions only.
Since this is going to be the final production year, we don’t expect changes regarding styling. The 2023 Ford Edge will continue with the same design, which was introduced in 2015 but significantly updated in 2019. That update brought completely new front and rear ends that follow the brand’s contemporary design language.
The inside of this SUV is a kind of mixed bag. On one side there is plenty of room for the passengers, as well as for the cargo. Both rows are adult-friendly and accommodate taller passengers with ease. Also, the front seats offer decent support and a fairly high level of comfort. The driving position is good, both in terms of visibility and ergonomics. The cargo area is also pretty generous with space. You may count on about 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row and 73.4 cubic feet of the total cargo volume. Those are pretty much average ratings for the segment.
On the other hand, what we don’t like about this SUV is the interior quality. The dashboard looks outdated and, more importantly, things like materials and build quality are pretty disappointing. Higher trim levels look a little bit better but still as not as you would expect for a vehicle in this price range.
As we are talking about the final production year, the list of standard and available features probably won’t change much. We expect that the 2023 Ford Edge will come standard with tech goodies like 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, as well as dual-zone climate control and proximity keyless entry. Among options, expect to find things like wireless device charging, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, as well as ambient interior lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a household-style power outlet, remote start, a universal garage door opener, and a panoramic roof.
The same thing goes for safety features. So, all models should come standard with a rearview camera, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, automatic high beams etc.
2023 Ford Edge Engines
We expect that the 2023 Ford Edge will continue with two familiar engine options on the offer. Base models will come with a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which puts out around 250 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. That should be enough to satisfy most drivers, as dynamics are pretty good. Still, if you prefer something peppier, there is a 2.7-liter V6. This one puts out around 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque.
The base engine comes in pair with 8-speed automatic transmission, while the V6 comes with a 7-speed unit. In both cases, all-wheel-drive is standard. When it comes to fuel economy, 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.
2023 Ford Edge Release Date and Price
Since there are no significant changes to come, we presume that the 2023 Ford Edge will arrive sometime in the last quarter of the year. Base models should go around 36.500 dollars, while the key competitors are Honda Passport, Nissan Murano etc.