First Drive: 2011 Ford Edge Review
Ford's cutting edge crossover impresses
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. 2011 Ford Edge Brown" vspace="4" width="293" align="right" border="0" height="220" hspace="4">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.
Photos by Chris Allen