Assuming that you can find a job fresh out of college, you are going to need a reliable ride that is also going to be as easy on the wallet at the pump as possible. Here are the six best cars for recent grads; three new and three used.
- The Scion Xb offers 22 city and 29 highway, starts under 18k and Toyota is offering a $1,000 rebate for recent grads.
- The Ford Fiesta offers 29 city and 37 highway, starts under 14 grand and Ford is offering a $500 rebate for grads.
- The Hyundai Elantra offers 29 city and 49 highway, starts under 18, and Hyundai is offering a $400 rebate.
- The 2006 Volkswagen Jetta offers 22 city and 29 highway and you can buy one for less than $12,000 with about 59k on the mile-o-meter.
- The 2009 Ford Fusion offers 20 city and 28 highway and should run right at $14,000 for a model with less than 45,000 miles.
- The 2009 Mitsubishi Lancer is rated at 22 city and 28 highway. One with about 31k on the odometer should run in the $13,000 neighborhood.
Each of these cars is highly rated for safety and have decent appointments in their trim packages. If they are still too pricey for your tastes, them you will need to be careful about the car you choose. Look for past safety ratings and recalls that affected the model. Research the price range online before shopping, and get pre-approved for a student auto loan. A little research can go along way towards buying a reliable vehicle.