Best Cars for Recent Graduates in 2020

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New Cars That Help Ease You Into the Adult World

Congratulations! You’ve graduated from school, and now it’s time to graduate from your old car, which may have been held together with duct tape and wishful thinking, to a new car. One that’s reliable, safe, and not too expensive. You can see those student loans on the horizon, and you don’t need a car that adds to your budgetary burden.

We’ve rounded up the best cars for recent graduates, whether the grad is buying it for themselves or a parent is helping them out with this major purchase. We focused on a few key traits for this list. The sticker price weighed heavily, so the most expensive vehicle on this list has a starting price of $25,000. We also looked at reliability scores and our Best Car for the Money awards, which take into account the cost of ownership. 

Safety was important because younger drivers tend to have less experience on the road and higher insurance premiums, and safer models can help with both of these things. We also looked for a decent list of standard infotainment features because we are not your grandparents. 

As new information becomes available for these models, we update our scores. So scores and rankings mentioned in this slideshow might not match exactly what you find in the full reviews. 

Keep reading to see the best cars for recent grads.

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