The Ford Edge was introduced into Ford’s lineup as a CUV in 2007 and remains available through the present. The Edge is known for its performance and for having the features consumers expect from today’s vehicles, including towing. But what is the towing capacity of a Ford Edge?
The Ford Edge has a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds depending on the year, engine type, and if it has a tow package installed.
There’s a bit more to know about Ford Edge towing capabilities which we’ll cover in today’s guide.
Ford Edge Towing Capacity By Year
The Ford Edge has been in production from 2007 through the present, so we’ve listed out the maximum tow capacity by year below for reference.
Note that for each model year, there are many variables that affect the total towing capability of each vehicle year, so we recommend checking your specific Edge model year below for an in-depth guide and to get the most accurate information.
Here’s the maximum Ford Edge towing capacity by year:
2023 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2022 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2021 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2020 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2019 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2018 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2017 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2016 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2015 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2014 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2013 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2012 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2011 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2010 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2009 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2008 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
2007 Ford Edge Tow Capacity: 3,500 pounds
You can also read our guide on what makes a vehicle towing capacity to learn all the aspects that go into it.
Here’s a video showing the Ford Edge being put to a real-world road test:
Ford Edge Braked Vs. Unbraked Towing Capacity
All vehicles have different towing capacities based on whether or not you’re towing a trailer that has trailer brakes installed.
Trailer brakes allow the trailer to stop faster than if only the vehicle is using its brakes, allowing the vehicle to tow more weight, so braked towing capacity will always be higher than unbraked towing capacity.
Ford Edge Braked Towing Capacity: Up to 3,500 lbs.
Ford Edge Unbraked Towing Capacity: 1,500 lbs.
Ford Edge Towing Capacity Factors
There are a few factors that affect the Ford Edge tow capacity.
The Edge’s tow capability varied a bit by year and generation.
The early model years had a starting towing capability of 1,000 pounds, which increased to 1,500 pounds in later years.
Also, for many years the tow rating for a higher-spec engine without a tow package was 2,000 pounds, but for some years this wasn’t an option at all.
Some trim levels have access to the higher engine specs, while others do not.
If your engine spec is lower due to trim level, your Ford Edge will not be able to tow as much weight.
For the majority of Ford Edge model years, you could only achieve the max towing of 6,000 pounds if you had the Class III Trailer Towing package installed.
If you don’t have that trailer towing package installed, don’t worry: for all the research we did, we only found that the towing package included simply a hitch and wiring harness which can both easily be installed after the fact.
Number of Passengers
A big factor in calculating your vehicle’s towing capacity is how many passengers you’re carrying, which directly calculates into the vehicle’s GCWR.
This is true of all vehicles, not just the Ford Edge, so always take into consideration the total load of your passengers and gear in addition to what you’re towing.
Ford Edge Engine Specs
There are two engine options for the most recent generation Ford Edge.
Ford Edge 2.0L EcoBoost Engine
The base model Ford Edge engine is a Twin-Scroll 2.0 Liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine paired with an eight-speed transmission.
This engine produces 250 horsepower and 275 lb.-ft of torque.
This engine is standard on all trim levels besides the ST.
Ford Edge 2.7L EcoBoost Engine
The Ford Edge ST engine is a 2.7 Liter V6 EcoBoost engine paired with a seven-speed transmission.
This engine produces 335 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft of torque.
Ford Edge Tow Package Info
Does The Ford Edge Have A Tow Package?
Ford offers a Ford Edge towing package called the Class II Trailer Tow Package (53G).
The Ford Edge 53G Class II Trailer Tow Package package includes the following:
- Class II Trailer Hitch
- 4-Pin Wiring Harness
- Trailer Sway Control
Can You Install A Trailer Hitch On a Ford Edge?
If you plan on towing anything with your Ford Edge, you’ll need a tow hitch and wiring harness.
Depending on what you’re towing, you’re going to need a ball mount (aka a trailer ball hitch) so you can attach items for towing.
Make sure to get the right trailer ball size that matches your hitch and trailer.
Ford Edge Tow Hitch
Trailer hitches come in different hitch classes, which are rated for different vehicle sizes and weight limits.
The Ford Edge uses a Class 2 hitch.
Here’s a great option for a Ford Edge trailer hitch:
- DEPENDABLE STRENGTH. This trailer hitch is rated for 4,000 lbs. gross trailer weight and 600 lbs. tongue weight (limited to lowest-rated towing component)
- VERSATILE DESIGN. This class 3 hitch equips your vehicle with a standard 2-inch x 2-inch hitch receiver, allowing for a wide variety of towing options. It can accept a ball mount, cargo carrier, bike rack, tow hook and much more
- FULLY TESTED. Every CURT class 3 trailer hitch design is tested in real-world, on-vehicle conditions at our Detroit engineering facility. Aftermarket hitches are tested according to SAE J684 standards for the utmost safety while hauling
- RUST, CHIP, UV-RESISTANT. This tow hitch is protected with a unique dual-coat finish of rust-resistant liquid A-coat and highly durable black powder coat. The two finishes are co-cured together for exceptional resistance to rust, chipping and UV rays
- EASY TO INSTALL. This hitch offers a custom, factory fit on select model years of the Ford Edge
Here’s a great ball mount option so you can hook up different types of trailers for towing with your Edge:
- DEPENDABLE STRENGTH. Rated to tow 3,500 pounds gross trailer weight and 350 pounds tongue weight, this ball hitch offers dependability for your towing setup (weight capacity may change if trailer ball is removed).Fit Type: Universal Fit
- VERSATILE USE. This trailer hitch ball mount comes with a 1-1/4-inch shank to fit virtually any industry-standard 1-1/4-inch receiver. The ball mount has a 3-1/4-inch drop, 2-inch diameter ball, 1/2-inch hitch pin hole and 7-1/4-inch overall length
- READY TO TOW. Hitching up your trailer is easy with this ready-to-use trailer hitch ball mount. It comes with a pre-attached tow ball for ready coupling and a trailer hitch pin to securely mount onto your hitch receiver
- CORROSION-RESISTANT. For long-lasting use, this ball hitch is protected with a durable black powder coat finish, and the trailer ball has a polished chrome plating. These finishes resist damage from rain, dirt, road salt and other corrosive threats
- EASY TO INSTALL. To install the trailer hitch ball mount on your vehicle, simply insert the shank into your vehicle's 1-1/4-inch hitch receiver. The rounded shank makes installation easy
Ford Edge Trailer Hitch Installation
Always follow the manufacturer’s directions and use proper safety precautions.
Here’s a great video walkthrough on a Ford Edge trailer hitch installation:
Ford Edge Trailer Hitch Installation Cost
If you’re considering having a tow hitch added to your Edge, expect to pay between $100 and $200 to have a tow package professionally installed (excluding the cost of the tow hitch and wiring harness).
If you’re handy and looking to save money, you can install the trailer hitch and wiring harness yourself.
Hitch Receiver Vs Rear Step Bumper Towing
Some vehicles allow for bumper towing, which means you can mount a tow hitch ball directly on the bumper instead of installing a tow hitch to the vehicle’s frame.
Can I Bumper Tow With a Ford Edge?
The Ford Edge is not rated for bumper towing, so you’ll need to install a frame-mounted hitch like the one we listed earlier in this guide.
How Do I Know If My Ford Edge Has A Tow Package?
You can start by looking under the rear bumper of your Edge to see if you notice a trailer hitch or trailer ball.
That will give you a good indication of if you have a tow hitch already installed on your Edge.
Another way to research this is by checking the paperwork that came with your vehicle or taking it to a local dealer to see what’s installed.
Make sure to have your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) handy if you call the dealer so they can look up the exact specs and whether or not your vehicle has any towing packages or features installed on it.
We’ve gathered all data represented here from the official Ford Edge Owner’s Manuals on Ford’s site and have checked all data thoroughly for accuracy.
Having said that, we still recommend you refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual yourself before towing with a 2023 Ford Edge.