15 Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2019

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These Cars and SUVs Offer Safety, Tech, and Quality at a Good Price

Recent college graduates may find themselves on a tight budget, but that doesn’t mean they can’t afford a new car. The market boasts a wealth of affordable models with solid predicted reliability and fuel economy ratings, the latest in-car technology, plenty of cargo room, and city-friendly footprints for parking and maneuvering in tight spaces. 

As U.S. World & News Report, we’ve evaluated the top models for cargo space, safety features, fuel economy, cabin quality, and more. This mix of mainstream and luxury cars and SUVs challenges the notion that comfort and utility come at a high cost.

The 15 models on this list will ensure that a newly minted college graduate can show up to that first job in style, even while shouldering student loan payments. Read ahead to see the best new cars and SUVs for recent grads.

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