Autotrader Names 10 Great Cars for Grads in 2021

May 17, 2021

Editors Recommend Best New, Used Rides for Recent College Graduates

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ATLANTA, May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — After getting through another trying school year, many of this year’s college graduates are in the market for a new vehicle as they launch into the world to forge their chosen path. Following the commemoration of the hard work they put in during the student years, young adults find themselves in need of their own car as they begin this next phase of life. To help guide the class of 2021 as they consider which vehicle to purchase, the experts at Autotrader recently named 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates with a practical focus on value, fuel economy, safety and reliability.

“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,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Autotrader. “There are many factors to consider and hundreds of different car models available in the marketplace, so it can feel overwhelming when trying to decide which vehicle to choose. We understand that with a job offer in hand it may be tempting to consider splurging on a dream car, but we advise grads 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.”

All vehicles on this year’s 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates list – a mix of new and used cars and SUVs – are available for under $25,000 and achieve a combined fuel economy rating of at least 30 mpg. Check out the Great Cars for Grads selections for 2021.