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Best Vehicles for New Graduates

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It’s graduation season and high school seniors and college students alike are probably hoping for the ultimate graduation gift, a new vehicle. Finding the right vehicle means more than just getting from one place to another, the car has to be affordable in both payments and maintenance. It also needs good fuel economy and enough room to take your friends and stuff with you on the road. Fortunately, U.S. New and World Report put together a list of 9 Smart Buys for College Grads based on car reviews for 2017 models.

Here are some of their recommendations:

2017 BMW X1 – It might be surprising to see a luxury vehicle on a list of affordable vehicles but when the price starts at under $30K for a subcompact SUV it’s worth taking a look at. The X1 has an impressive list of standard features including front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, 6.5 inch display, and the iDrive infotainment system. It also has a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder with 228-hp and 31 MPG highway.

2017 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 – Not all recent grads will live in the city. Chevy’s Silverado is offered with 3 different cab sizes and 2 bed sizes and either 2-wheel or 4-wheel-drive. With 8 different trim levels to choose from there is certain to be a truck for anyone that needs to haul stuff.

2017 Chevrolet Spark – On the other end of the spectrum is the Chevy Spark. Starting at only $13,000 the Spark includes a rearview camera, touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and even built-in wi-fi hotspot. It also gets up to 38 MPG highway and has a very small parking footprint. This is a great choice for recent high school grads as well thanks to its affordability.

2017 Honda HR-V – The top-rated subcompact SUV gets up to 33 MPG highway with manual transmission. A starting price under $20K and Honda’s renowned reliability make this a great alternative to the typical subcompact sedan. Like the Spark, a rearview camera and Bluetooth connectivity are standard feautres.

2017 Kia Soul – As U.S. News & World Report’s top ranked compact car, the Soul gets praise for having lots of passenger and cargo space. The Soul is also very easy to park and 30 MPG is great for its class. The Soul is also well equipped, even in the base model starting at just $16,100, which is quite a good price for a trendy vehicle.

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