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Initial thoughts on ‘19 Edge ST

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Hi, I’m just sharing my thoughts on the ST, and wondering if others have similar experiences/thoughts.

 

I chose the ST for the 2.7 EcoBoost.  It’s definitely an impressive engine.  I was aware of the general reviews and 0-60 specs, etc, so I wasn’t expecting a race car, but for a ~4400 lb car it really moves well.  I’m coming from a Hyundai Tucson Sport, and that was truly an underpowered car—passing a truck on a 2-lane highway required a few miles clear road and a lot of ramp-up time to build speed.  This Edge inspires total confidence in such maneuvers! The acceleration is more than ample, but less than vicious.

 

I didn’t get the big tire/brake package, I think that was about 5k, and to me the stock 20” tires are fine and the stock braking is excellent.  

 

The 8-speed shifts slow, which seems to be a common thing with many newer cars.  The paddle shifters aren’t very responsive either, and I t’ll override the “paddle mode” and upshift for you a bit too early, well before redline.  It seems the paddles are more of a “suggestion” to the transmission rather than a control input.  I imagine there are ECU tunes that could help in that area but for me it’s not worth the risk of warranty issues.  For normal driving the tranny is just fine, though not great.

 

The cabin is very quiet when you are just cruising, but I’m not thrilled with the sound at hard acceleration.  I’ve read that it’s either artificial or altered somehow with noise-canceling tech, I’ll have to research how to disable whatever magic they’ve got going on there.

 

I really love the overall styling, it’s very well done, and not overdone.  My one small gripe styling-wise is the shape of the exhaust tips, oddly trapezoidal.

 

No snow yet so can’t comment on the AWD, but I expect it’ll be fine.

 

So those are my initial thoughts, all subject to change as time goes on but I’m really happy to have such a great looking and capable crossover!

Jim

 

 

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I agree with all your observations.  About the exhaust tips: Maybe you may find these more acceptable if they were black,  somewhere in the ST forum I saw pictures of such.     

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On 9/12/2019 at 1:01 PM, Tronjo said:

I agree with all your observations.  About the exhaust tips: Maybe you may find these more acceptable if they were black,  somewhere in the ST forum I saw pictures of such.     

I looked and looked, and most of the ones online are 8" long or longer.  The way the muffler is set longitudinally back there,  the 90 deg bends on either side only leave 4" room to the back edge of the back bumper, so the tips could only be slightly longer than 4", because the 90 Deg bend is right there.  I'll keep looking there has to be something...

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