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The 2021 Ford Edge Is the Perfect SUV for Recent College Grads

Congratulations, you have your degree and are ready to take on the world. However, what kind of vehicle is the best one to take on the world in? When it comes to buying a new vehicle, there are a lot of choices in a market that is saturated with sedans, SUVs of various sizes, small trucks, medium trucks, big trucks, minivans, and sports cars, and deciding which one is right is a tough decision. For the recent college graduate, navigating through the plethora of choices may seem daunting, but there is one vehicle type with a versatile design that rises above all others: the SUV—specifically, the 2021 Ford Edge.

Plenty of Space

Recent college graduates may be ready to tackle the world, quite literally, and there is no better vehicle to start your outdoor adventure in than an SUV. Whether you like riding bikes on the trail, camping by the lake, or backpacking in the mountains, you’ll need a car that can carry you and everything you need. Luckily, you can ditch the backpacks full of books and utilize the plethora of space available in an SUV to store all of your adventure equipment. Equip your SUV with a ski rack on top or a bike rack on the back and free up even more of the ample space inside your vehicle.

Plus, there is plenty of room in an SUV to fit all of your college friends. Take weekend trips with your best friends to see the sights, visit each other, and ride the high of having finally gotten your degree. The interior of the 2021 Ford Edge is roomy and comfortable, with seating for up to 5 people, so none of your friends will feel cramped as you head out on your excursions. The Edge also offers thoughtfully-placed storage cubbies throughout the cabin.

With all of the seats up and all of your friends in place, you still have access to 41.7 cubic feet of cargo space. However, if you just want to pack up and take a trip by yourself to celebrate, then you can fold down the seats to reveal up to 74.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. So, with or without your college roommates tagging along, there is plenty of space in the Ford Edge for you to fill up as you journey forward.

Off-Road Chops

It’s no secret that college campuses are cramped, and now that you are free of the classrooms and books, you might find yourself craving some adventures outdoors. If you really want to enjoy the outdoor activities you crave, your best bet is an SUV. An SUV will have all the power you need to get you to the top of that steep road, where your favorite fishing spot lies (with all that storage space for your gear). Your SUV will also get you through rough road conditions better than any sedan.

Plus, if your new steps in life take you somewhere with snowy weather, an SUV like the Ford Edge will be your best friend. Like most SUVS, the Ford Edge offers all-wheel drive and traction control systems that make conquering rough terrain much easier, and in some cases, a lot more fun. The Ford Edge comes with a standard turbocharged four-cylinder engine that boasts 250 horsepower and 275 lb-ft of torque, which is more than adequate power to get you to your destination, wherever that may be. If it is power that you crave, there is a 2.7-liter V6 option that will give you 335 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. So, you can conquer any road or weather condition in your path in style.

SUVs are Affordable

If you’ve recently graduated, then finances are probably at the front of your mind. The good news is that the 2021 Ford Edge is affordable, even though it is a new model. The 2021 Ford Edge has a very reasonable estimated starting price of $32,495, which is reasonably low for a brand new SUV, or any vehicle for that matter. Even an Edge with all of the options and features you desire comes at a good price.

Don’t let the initial price of the Edge scare you because an SUV is more than just a vehicle; it’s an investment in your future. What makes an affordable SUV such a deal is that you get a lot for your money. The added cargo space, the all-wheel drive, and the powerful engine are features that give you more for your hard-earned dollars. Plus, SUVs are reliable and dependable, so the Ford Edge will last you a long time and still get you a good price if you decide to sell it in the future. Make the investment in yourself and your future traveling and commuting now.

A woman getting in a 2021 Ford Edge is shown through the passenger side.

SUVs Are Great for Towing

Going hand in hand with the level of academic freedom leaving room for adventures, recent college grads will love the towing ability of an SUV. Whether you have a boat, jet skis, or an ATV, you will need a way to get these adventure toys where you’re going. Or, if you are just about to graduate, you’ll probably find the ability to tow a small trailer, along with the excellent cargo capacity, especially helpful when moving out of your dorm, rented apartment, or even your house.

The 2021 Ford Edge has a towing capacity range of 1,500-3,500 pounds, which is plenty to tow your favorite toys to the lake, trail, or wherever you need to go. The Ford Edge also offers several safety features and options that help make towing safer, including parking assist, steering assist, and lane-centering assist. So, if the Ford Edge is your first car, or the first vehicle you’ve done towing with, then you will have some extra assistance and assurance.

SUVs Are Fuel-Efficient

Going hand in hand with the affordability factor, fuel efficiency is something you’ll want to have in your new SUV to help you save money on gas (and helping reduce emissions is just a bonus). In the past, SUVs were not very fuel-efficient, but that has changed tremendously over the years. Modern SUVs get good gas mileage while still able to deliver the power you desire. In fact, some SUVs get better gas mileage than some sedans. A fuel-efficient SUV means you save money on gas, and you save time not having to stop at the gas station so frequently.

If you are interested in a fuel-efficient SUV, the Ford Edge is the SUV for you. The 2020 Ford Edge was able to get an impressive maximum of 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway, and the 2021 model will probably get just as good, if not better, ranges. When you combine the price of the Edge and the fact it gets good gas mileage, you have a very affordable SUV that will continue to save you money for years to come.

A red 2021 Ford Edge is parked on a city street with a restaurant in the background.

Room for Fido

While in college, you probably weren’t able to keep a pet, but now that you’ve graduated, you can. We highly recommend an SUV if you are planning to get a dog. The large cargo area is just as good for transporting dogs as it is transporting skis and camping equipment. Not only is it easier for your dog to lie down in an SUV, but there is also more room for Fido to move around. So, as you start figuring out where you are going to work and live, you know that you’ll be able to take your furry friend along for the ride.

Versatility Is Key

So as you can see, there are plenty of reasons why a recent college graduate should at least look into owning an SUV. As you head out into the next stages of your life, you are going to need plenty of capability and space to keep up with you. If you are ready to start your journey into the future with your degree in hand, then drive off campus in the 2021 Ford Edge.