2019 Ford Edge ST First Drive: Honing The Edge

Located east of Salt Lake City, Utah, Emigration Canyon Road is a mass of twisting and turning tarmac that spans 7.8 miles and features an elevation gain of nearly 1,500 feet. It’s a route suited for a spirited stint in a sports car. Or a performance-oriented crossover SUV?

The 2019 Ford Edge ST the first crossover SUV from the Blue Oval to wear the ST badge (the next-generation Explorer also welcomes an ST trim). Although the bar is rather low, the Edge ST is a dynamically superior alternative to its conventional Edge counterpart. Whereas lesser Edge models rely on a 250-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine for motivation, the Edge ST makes haste courtesy of a twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6. Previously offered in the 315-horsepower Edge Sport, the engine adds an extra 20 horses to its stable for its turn in the Edge ST. Torque is up, as well, to a haughty 380 pound-feet – 30 more than last year.

All that oomph gets to the ground by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission that swaps cogs as smoothly as Lewis Hamilton lapping Monaco. All in, Ford claims the Edge ST can scoot to 60 miles per hour in less than 6.0 seconds.

All in, Ford claims the Edge ST can scoot to 60 miles per hour in less than 6.0 seconds.

As in the standard, four-cylinder Edge, the eight-speed gearbox is hesitant to downshift at highway speeds. However, the...