The styling theme's familiar by now, but the 2012 Ford Edge comes off more elegantly than the first-generation crossover did. The grille's gone deep, in a Volkswagen way--one wonders if Bobby Flay takes it as a personal challenge to his manhood. The silhouette's changed less, but what is there has been crisped up, with more pronounced fenders and emphatic taillamps providing the fillips on what's really a very clean, almost plain design.
The Edge's interior received a complete makeover last year, and nothing's changed for the 2012 model year. The latest design has better materials, softer-touch plastics, and a finer aesthetic appeal, with less blocky shapes, though we've had about enough of the mock carbon fiber trim found on SE and SEL editions.
There are vertical strips of woodgrain on Limited models, giving the console an architectural lift as the real wood trim does in a Range Rover, and the stack itself has been cleaned up to incorporate an LCD screen, sized medium or large, depending on whether MyFord Touch has been installed. On the Edge Sport, Ford adds on black-tinted metallic trim, a body kit, and grey inserts on the seats, with contrasting stitching.
On any model where it's fitted, the optional Sony sound system sits behind a glossy black panel on the center stack, and lends some high-end audio look to the design. MyFord Touch does the same, with its bright LCD glow.