With the moniker “Edge” spelled out on its liftgate, Ford’s stylish midsize crossover draws a line in the sand. Someone had to. Depending on how you count them, there are nearly 100 sport utilities and crossovers on showroom floors at this minute, and many more are on the way. The segment is a noisy place where upwards of 30 brands compete for your dollar, so it’s easy to get drowned out in the cacophony of capaciousness unless the message is clear and compelling. Some horribly conflicted breeds, like the Honda Crosstour, may die out, while others, such as the Nissan Juke, continue to defy all odds by surviving outside the petri dish.
Meanwhile, the 2015 Ford Edge formula is simple: Be muscular but well-groomed, like a bouncer in a tux. And don’t let practicality get in the way of style. No roof racks, skidplates, running boards or knobby tires here. A vestigial third-row seat or mommy mirror? Fuggetaboutit. The Edge is urban chic with a big slanted nose, prominent three-bar grille, fast windshield, strong shoulders and bulging fender flares, complemented by a raised driving position and some of the most aggressive-looking rims in the ‘hood. You want factory-installed bad-boy Dubs on a crossover SUV? Edge has them. Ear-melting, seismic subwoofer? Um…that you’ll have to install yourself.