Agree with your observations.
So far loving the Edge ST. Tons of room. traded in a 2016 Focus Titanium .
Had my 540 HP, 2007 Shelby GT500 Convertible totaled after getting hit from behind at 80K from a texting driver. Put some cash towards the Edge.
20" wheels, 401A package, Titanium White.
Put 18" Aluminum rims and Blizzaks on it for winter. 6" of snow, no issues at all. Handles amazingly in the snow.
Only complaint, the steering wheel heater is too hot. Have to turn off after a few minutes as it just gets too hot on the bare hands. Needs a way to reduce temperature.
Seats get very hot on 3 but can be reduced down to 1 which is better.
Overall, love the vehicle, I am doing the dual horn upgrade in the spring, will also replace horn relay to compensate for the additional current draw of the second horn.