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Car and Driver
has the tough look of a sport utility vehicle
the cabin of the Edge is rather ordinary
sleeker, sportier profile that helps set it apart from the crowd
Kelley Blue Book
The Ford 2008 Edge holds substantial external visual appeal according to most of the reviews seen by TheCarConnection.com's team of experts, but the interior is another story.
The Edge's large, bright grille is the prominent design feature on the outside. Factor in the smoothly arched roofline and attention to details, and the 2008 Ford Edge has one of the more attractive designs among so-called crossover utility vehicles. Car and Driver expresses some mixed perceptions in its very detailed and thorough description of this 2008 Ford: "[it has] the tough look of a sport utility vehicle...[but] looks like a bulky wagon in profile." Cars.com proclaims it "a good-looking...capable crossover," noting that its distinctive front grille "gives the Edge some edge." Kelley Blue Book also comments on the unique three-bar grille, citing it as one of the elements that gives "the [2008 Ford] Edge the sleeker, sportier profile that helps set it apart from the crowd."
The interior of the 2008 Ford Edge feels a little more traditional, with a sporty, upright design to the instrument panel and controls. It's a simple, attractive layout, but the materials and surfaces aren't quite in line with what's available in this tightly competitive class. In contrast to the exterior, "the cabin of the [2008 Ford] Edge is rather ordinary," according to Edmunds. Car and Driver refers to "a cheesy $525 Interior Appearance package (lots of red leather and stitching to relieve you of hard-earned cash)," which Cars.com describes as "red leather inserts." This source says that "the high point is the aluminum trim that comes in the SEL and SEL Plus" versions of the 2008 Ford. Nonetheless, Kelley Blue Book reviewers were disappointed with this interior: "more familiar interior styling doesn't quite live up to the expectations set by its cutting-edge sheetmetal, but it's nonetheless attractive."
If you can live with the unexciting interior, the 2008 Ford Edge is a handsomely styled vehicle.