Diploma in hand, education in your back pocket and the world in front of you. Yes, we’re jealous of your recent achievement – and we agree it might be time to reward yourself with another ride.
Whether you’re just leaving college without a car, want a new and reliable model to get you to and from your new job, or plan to use a modest loan to build up credit, now could be a great time to start. go car shopping.
Here’s a look at 10 of the best new cars for recent graduates. Each is inexpensive (under $30,000) and offers great fuel economy, fantastic residual power and impressive reliability records. When it comes to fuel economy, every car except one on our list gets 40 mpg combined or better. That exception is the Ford Maverick, but at 37 mpg, it’s close.
1. 2022 Ford Maverick: $19.995
The reborn Ford Maverick does it all – if you can find one, that is. This small pickup has room for four or even five passengers, an open pull-out bed for equipment and a standard hybrid powertrain that puts together an impressive 37 mpg (almost double that of other versions of the Ford F,
independent thinking person). Your only challenge may be finding a dealer who has one in stock at a price close to the manufacturer’s suggested retail price.
2. 2022 Honda Accord Hybrid: $27,720
Its 47 mpg rating may not top this list, but there’s something to be said for the refined way the Honda HMC,
Accord is about his business. This fuel-sipping sedan has impressive road manners, plenty of standard features, and a solid, upscale feel that belies its sub-$28,000 price tag.
3. 2022 Honda Insight: $25,760
The Honda Insight is at the crossroads of excellent fuel economy and stylish interior design. This small sedan looks a lot like Honda’s own Civic, but its hybrid powertrain delivers a combined fuel economy of just 52 mpg. This model will be released after the 2022 model year, as Honda plans to reintroduce a Civic Hybrid, so it could be an excellent time to get a great deal on an Insight.
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4. 2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: $24,100
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the Hyundai HYMTF puts out 54 mpg together.
Elantra Hybrid is a stylish, complete little car that will make you a stranger at gas stations. To get the best fuel economy, look for the ultra-efficient Elantra Blue trim level.
5. 2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid: $23,600
If you’re serious about saving money, the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid has your number – all your numbers. This well-priced little hybrid offers a combined price of 59 mpg and a price tag well below $25,000. Add to that a 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and there’s a lot to love about the Ioniq.
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6. 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: $27,350
Looking for a little more space for your friends – and their stuff? The Hyundai Sonata is a stylish, economical way to transport everyone in comfort. This mid-sized 4-door has a striking appearance, and in blue it has a power of a whopping 52 mpg. According to the EPA, that means an annual fuel cost of just $1,200. That beats just about any other mid-sized sedan out there.
7. 2022 Kia Niro: $24,690
The Kia 000270,
Niro looks more like a small SUV than a hybrid. It’s a great choice that puts together a fuel economy of a whopping 50 mpg. If your budget can stretch a little, plug-in hybrid and all-electric versions of the Niro may qualify for federal, state, and local incentives.
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8. 2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid: $27,980
Forget the boring Camry models of yesteryear. The latest version of the mid-sized Toyota TM,
sedan wears distinctive styling and features a huge interior with plenty of space, plus a good infotainment system. The most affordable Camry Hybrid – the LE trim – gets an EPA rating of 52 mpg together.
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9. 2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid: $24,050
Long favored for its impressive reputation for reliability, the Toyota Corolla was recast a few years ago with a more expressive character and the promise of even better fuel economy. The Corolla Hybrid’s EPA rating is 52 mpg combined, but the sleek styling gives little hint of its eco-friendly credentials.
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10. 2022 Toyota Prius: $25,075
This long-term fuel savings may be within reach thanks to its reasonable price tag of about $26,000. The Toyota Prius will be the envy of your workplace parking lot, and with the Eco trim level, you’ll see fuel economy of a whopping 56mpg combined.
10 best cars for recent graduates
2022 Ford Maverick
2022 Honda Accord Hybrid
2022 Honda Insight
2022 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2022 Kia Niro
2022 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2022 Toyota Corolla Hybrid
Toyota Prius 2022
This story originally ran Autotrader.com†