With the Ford Mustang, a college graduate can enjoy the use of a quick, sporty car before family life kicks in.
The 2015 to 2019 model Mustang is one of 10 vehicles that Autotrader has named as the “best cars for recent college graduates in 2019.”
Autotrader managing editor Tara Trompeter said in a news release that each vehicle on Autotrader’s list can serve as an entry-level car “that will have recent graduates riding in style as they begin their new journey.”
The top 10 vehicles from Autotrader for college graduates, not in order, are:
2012-2017 Jeep Wrangler
Long before these graduates were in middle school, this vehicle made its way on the market. Autotrader says the Jeep Wrangler JK generation is perfect for young adults “who want to do some off-roading and like the classic utilitarian look.” Autotrader also notes a 2012 upgrade to the vehicle featured a more powerful V6 engine, automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive.
2014-2019 Kia Soul
Autotrader says the all-new 2020 Kia Soul might be a bit out of price range for college graduates. But in the areas of safety and style, the company says “the outgoing second-generation model” is affordable, spacious and reliable.
2015-2019 Ford Mustang
Mentioned earlier as a “quick, sporty car,” the Ford Mustang began its current generation in 2015 with substantial interior design and quality improvements, according to Autotrader. The vehicle is available with automatic or manual transmission as a coupe or convertible.
2015-2019 GMC Canyon
Friends of college-graduate owners of the GMC Canyon might come calling for moving help when they move out of their dorms. But for college graduates who like the idea of a truck but don't want a big gas guzzler, the GMC Canyon is a great option, Autotrader says.
2015-2019 Honda Fit
Autotrader says that although the Fit’s subcompact proportions might scare people away, this vehicle has “a huge reconfigurable interior.” That includes a back seat that Autotrader says is roomier than several cars that are a size bigger.
2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt features what Autotrader describes as an impressive all-electric range of 53 miles and a modern interior. Autotrader says the vehicle is “a fantastic plug-in hybrid” that suits environmentally conscious and fuel economy-conscious drivers.
2016-2019 Hyundai Tucson
With a roomy, quiet interior and high reliability ratings, according to Autotrader, the Hyundai Tucson is the “best bang for your buck” for a used compact SUV.
2016-2019 Toyota Prius
Autotrader acknowledges that the Toyota Prius might not be the coolest looking vehicle to impress your date. However, the company describes the Prius as “simply one of the most practical a recent grad can buy.” The company says the Prius is a great option for its safety features, “decent sized cargo area” and affordability.
2017-2019 Mazda CX-5
Autotrader describes the Mazda CX-5 as a class leader that will make drivers feel like they're in a much more expensive vehicle. The company compliments the vehicle for its smooth ride, sharp handling and roomy, comfortable seats.
2018-2019 Subaru Crosstrek
The Crosstrek is a “light off-roader with better road manners,” according to Autotrader. With symmetrical all-wheel drive, spacious back seats and good gas mileage, the vehicle is well-suited for camping with friends and spending less at the pump, according to the company.