On the outside, the 2011 Ford Edge is entirely familiar, but we're liking the look of the new edition more than that of the old. The big grille goes deep in a Volkswagen way, so massive we doubt Bobby Flay would challenge it to any face-off. The silhouette is more of an echo of the original Edge, though the fenders are a bit more pronounced. It's made a name for itself with a smoothly sculpted shape, though, and mostly the Edge carries that sensibility over intact.
Inside, the dashboard, instrument cluster, center stack, and console have all been redesigned. The plastics are nicer, most of them using soft-touch materials, and their shapes are less blocky. Vertically grained wood trim gives the dash some heft, and like BMW, Ford's streamlined its controls for better graphic impact. A large LCD screen dominates the control stack and it houses Ford's MyTouch system, which lifts the iPhone interface neatly into the automotive realm.
The Edge Sport model has blacked-out grille inserts, a body kit, and other subtle visual cues, along with grey inserts and contrasting stitching on the seats—like the Mustang, as Ford points out.
Ford engineers also improved the Edge's aerodynamics, dropping the drag coefficient from 0.385 to 0.363. Their many tricks included cutting the size of the openings where air enters the engine compartment by 40 percent, but directing the underhood airflow better.