Crossover vehicles are the counter-effect to SUV styling, stripped of all the boxy authenticity that made sport-utes so real. Even if a HUMMER H3 was as far from reality as a sport-ute could possibly be.
In the place of all those hard SUV corners and bluff front ends, crossovers get softly rounded curves and gently tapered glass. The Ford Edge hews exactly to that template, and it has since it was brand-new. Today's version isn't so different from the first-generation model that tooled the streets from the 2006 to 2010 model years. It's been smoothed over, almost invisibly in some passages, but it's not radically changed from the outside.
Except up front. That's where a massive grille has taken up even more space than before, going from hibachi to full kamado in the span of one model year. Ford's aped the VW complex here, expanding the inlet almost to the bottom of its wide chin. It's more than pronounced--it's an outsized challenge to the rest of the clean, almost plain design. Does Bobby Flay look at it, and feel a new show coming on? Be patient. It'll pass, just like the same trend's already reversing itself quickly over at Volkswagen.The Edge's interior received a complete makeover in 2011, and nothing's changed for the 2013 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.