The current generation of Ford’s mid-size two-row crossover has been around for a long time and despite it feels outdated in some aspects, it still marks pretty good sales numbers. That’s why the company doesn’t rush with discontinuation. According to the latest reports, the current model will remain in production for another year or two. After that, we will see a completely new, probably all-electric SUV as a successor. This also clearly indicates that the 2023 Ford Edge will hit the market without more important updates.
You may count on an SUV that still has a lot of good things to offer, despite the age. We like its capable engine options, as well as a long list of standard and available features. Furthermore, the cabin is very generous, whether it’s about passenger or cargo space. On the other hand, the handling could be more engaging, while the overall interior quality is lower when compared to classmates.
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 2023 Ford Edge could easily be the final production year of the generation. Therefore, it’s hard to expect any bigger changes. The overall design will certainly remain the same, based on the good-old CD4 platform. So, we are talking about a front-wheel-drive crossover (AWD available), which is easy to drive but which isn’t as engaging as rivals like Honda Passport, not to mention rear-wheel-drive-based rivals. On the other hand, the ride is smooth and comfortable.
Visually, the current generation was updated in 2019 and we haven’t seen bigger styling changes since then. That refresh brought a completely new look, based on the brand’s contemporary design language, which still feels fresh and competitive. Therefore, the next year’s models shouldn’t bring any notable change in this aspect.
Unlike the exterior design, the interior was updated a few years later. The 2021 model year came with a massive 12-inch touchscreen, while a few more revisions to the dashboard were made as well, along with certain improvements regarding materials quality and sound insulation. However, the overall cabin layout didn’t change significantly and we are still talking about a design that feels less upscale when compared to rivals.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about in terms of space. This crossover comes with two rows of seats and both accommodate adults with ease. The front seats offer decent comfort and side support, while the driving position is pretty good too. The cargo area offers around 39.2 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo volume goes up to 74 cubic feet. Those are pretty good ratings for the segment.
We don’t believe that the 2023 Ford Edge could bring bigger changes in this aspect. Therefore, all models should come standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, proximity 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. Among upgrades, you can find goodies like a panoramic roof, ambient interior lighting, wireless device charging, navigation, and a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.
The same thing is with safety features. So, base versions should come equipped with forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, automatic high beams, rear parking sensors, rearview camera etc. The list of options should include lane centering assist, evasive steering assist, adaptive headlights, front-view camera, rain-sensing windshield wipers etc.
2023 Ford Edge Engines
We are pretty sure that the 2023 Ford Edge will continue with two familiar engine options on offer. Base models should continue with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 250 horsepower, as well as a pretty impressive 280 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and returns around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway, which are pretty good numbers for the class.
Also, there is the optional 2.7-liter V6, which puts out around 335 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. As you may presume, this engine offers better performances but also comes in pair with a more up-to-date 7-speed transmission, which is quicker, smoother and doesn’t hunt for the right gear like the base 8-speed unit does. On the other hand, the downside of this version is lower fuel economy, which goes around 19 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
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 Chevy Blazer, Honda Passport etc.