Autotrader Names Top Cars for College Grads

By Staff Writer May 29, 2024 1174
All of Autotraders' top ten best autos for collage grads start under $30,000 and come with a 5-Star Safety Rating. All of Autotraders' top ten best autos for collage grads start under $30,000 and come with a 5-Star Safety Rating.

Experts at Autotrader, a Cox Automotive brand, studied the automotive landscape to determine the Best Cars for Recent College Graduates for 2024.

“As the class of 2024 puts college in their rearview mirror, many will seek a new vehicle as they drive toward their next chapter,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “The most recent data from Cox Automotive reveals the average price for a new car in the United States hovers above $47,000, but we want recent grads to know they don’t necessarily need to spend that much to get a great new car. And, if the grad is particularly savvy, they should research buying a used version of one of the cars on the list. If that’s the case, we suggest considering a certified pre-owned (CPO) model.”

Honda's Civic made the top ten.

All of the featured 2024 model-year vehicles make the grade when it comes to the Autotrader editors’ three primary criteria for this list. First, candidates must have a starting price under $30,000, including destination charge. Next, they must have a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). And lastly, each car must have at least one cool feature that stands out to the editors. This cool thing may be functional, or it might be part of the design, or it might be unexpected, but it is a feature that grads will appreciate.

 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates:

  1. 2024 Chevrolet Equinox
  2. 2024 Honda Civic
  3. 2024 Hyundai Santa Cruz
  4. 2024 Kia Niro Hybrid
  5. 2024 Mazda3
  6. 2024 Nissan Versa
  7. 2024 Subaru Forester
  8. 2024 Subaru Impreza
  9. 2024 Toyota Camry Hybrid
  10. 2024 Toyota Prius
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Last modified on Wednesday, 05 June 2024 10:45