Autotrader Names the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates

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If you or someone you know just graduated from college, Autotrader is here to help guide you on your car search as you begin the next phase of your life. Trying to find the best car for you can be both intimidating and time consuming. Thankfully, the experts at Autotrader recently named the “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates” based on value, fuel economy, safety and reliability. 

In a news release, Autotrader’s Executive Editor, Brian Moody, stated, “Whether you’re still driving the car you’ve had since high school or you’re ready to purchase your first-ever vehicle, college graduates need affordable, reliable transportation.” There are hundreds of options available and it is important to make sure you choose a quality car that is safe and dependable, while still being within your budget. 

Although it may be tempting to splurge on your dream car when beginning your new career, Moody advises graduates “not to overdo it.” “There are plenty of great new and used cars available for a reasonable price that won’t stretch your first real paychecks too far,” said Moody. Autotrader’s experts narrowed down this list to include a mix of new and used cars and SUVs that are all available for under $25,000, and have a combined fuel economy rating of 30 mpg or higher. 

These are the “10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates” According to Autotrader: 

  1. 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer 
  1. 2018 Ford Focus 
  1. 2017-2018 Honda Civic 
  1. 2018-2020 Hyundai Kona 
  1. 2021 Kia Soul 
  1. 2021 Mazda3 
  1. 2021 Nissan Sentra 
  1. 2021 Subaru Crosstrek 
  1. 2016-2018 Toyota Prius 
  1. 2016-2018 Volkswagen Jetta 

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