When the Ford Edge first went on sale in 2006, it was accompanied by a
TV advertising campaign that showed the vehicle defying the laws of
physics by driving on the edge of walls and buildings. Interestingly,
the overly-attractive twenty-something driver and passenger weren't at
all alarmed by this, and were having fun while the song "Miles and
Miles" by DEE quipped "I like to live on the Edge!". I never understood
this commercial, and much like the commercial, the first generation
Edge felt like a vehicle that probably made sense in concept, but in
practice was just missing a few key details.
It wasn't a bad vehicle, which is evidenced by the 400,000 sold mark
being broken just a few weeks ago, but it could have been improved in
many ways. For 2011, Ford heard the call loud and clear, and has
completely redesigned the Edge inside and out. The result is a vehicle
that stands out in its class for style, refinement, technology and
practicality. When I got the keys, I tried to drive it on the edge of a
building, but Ford engineers stopped me before I hit the wall.
That's probably for the better because you wouldn't want to dent or
scratch the large three-bar chrome grille (painted black on the sport).
It, along with large wheels, low ride height, and LED side markers make
for a masculine vehicle that looks like nothing else in its segment.
The 2011 Edge looks large and in-charge without actually being so,
which is a feat that most designers lust after, but so rarely achieve.