2019 Ford Edge ST essentials: Fast but lacking … something

Our Opinion: I think it’s a little silly of Ford to cancel all of its cars, and only then add ST badges and upgraded powertrains to its CUVs and SUVs, but here we are. And I suppose if I’m given an Edge, I want the most power possible.
The Edge ST’s sheetmetal is a little tighter and angrier than the basic Edge. The grille is darker, the wheels bigger. It also has dual exhaust. For a midsize crossover, it does look good.
The interior upgrades are welcomed in this normally plain cabin. The ST seats are faux suede-covered and very comfortable, but maybe a little too wide for me. The dash looks huge from the captain’s chair, but the Sync infotainment system is in reach and generally easy to use. The one pro tip is that when using Apple CarPlay, you can’t see the navigation or climate buttons and I never quite figured out how to bring them up — except for hitting the “sound” button, which normally brings up your radio equalizer. After you press that, the normal radio, map and other buttons show up on the bottom. Sync isn’t the only one to suffer this problem. The biggest pain of it is having to use your phone’s navigation and data, as opposed to the car’s setup. If you have unlimited data on your phone, no problems.
The engine is powerful from a stoplight, and the sound reminds me of the RS. Just by listening, I thought it may have been the 2.3-liter turbo-four, but it’s a smallish V6. Max torque comes in at 3,000 rpm, but acceleration is smooth from bottom to top. The eight-speed automatic is fine, not superfast, but it does get faster, and throttle tip-in gets touchier when switched to sport mode. As always with all-wheel-drive vehicles, the best feeling is flooring it from a stop, around a turn, neither hearing nor feeling any wheelslip. It just yanks your head back and goes.