Crossover vehicles have rapidly evolved. If at first they were more practical streetwise alternatives to SUVs, they've now shaken off any of those rugged styling cues entirely--and the Ford Edge has been, to its name, right at the forefront of that styling transition.
The Ford Edge hews exactly to the template, with soft contours complemented by a few crisp edges and surfaces here and there. Today's version isn't so different from the first-generation model that tooled the streets from the 2006 to 2010 model years, but it still looks reasonably fresh on the outside.
Except up front. The massive grille takes up even more space than before, going from hibachi to full kamado in the span of one model year. Ford started with a VW-like front-end appearance here, then expanded it, expanding the inlet almost to the bottom of its wide chin. It remains an outsized challenge to the rest of the clean, almost plain design.
Overall, the Edge has changed very little since its last makeover in 2011. The latest design has better materials inside, with softer-touch plastics and a finer aesthetic appeal, combined with less blocky shapes inside.
The mock carbon fiber trim found on SE and SEL editions is one of the few trims we find somewhat at odds with the upgrade. On Limited models 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. Black-tinted metallic trim, a body kit, and grey inserts on the seats, with contrasting stitching, altogether help give the Edge Sport a quite different look.
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.