You may not have considered an older SUV for your current-day needs, but if you’re working with a tighter car budget there are a couple model lines on the market that are perfectly suited as a daily driver in 2018. One of these is the stellar 2009 Ford Edge SEL, a machine that helped promote the crossover craze and that still holds its own today.
Part of this car’s winning formula is its commitment to safety. Front, rear, and side-curtain airbags are sprinkled throughout the cabin and deploy automatically in the event of a collision or potential rollover. It's this overall coverage that helps the mid-size crossover soar in safety examinations from the NHTSA—it received perfect five-star ratings in several impact tests, as well as the body’s overall “Top Pick” award.
There’s a lot to love when it comes to comfort and convenience, too. The 2009 Edge SEL is packed with Ford’s Vista Roof, which opens on command to bring in sunlight on a beautiful day. If you’re packing up for a trip to the lake, the rear seats fold down flat to open up cargo area—it can swiftly balloon from 32.2 cubic feet to 69. And on your way to the destination, the CD-MP3 radio and its aux inputs let you play prepared playlists from your smartphone.