AutoTraders Best New Cars for New College Grads

May 25th, 2022 by

Whether you are leaving college without a car, or need a new reliable model to get you to and from your new job, it may be time to reward yourself with a new car!

AutoTrader has compiled a list of the best new cars for recent college graduates. Each model is less than $30K, and offers great fuel economy and impressive reliability records.

2022 Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick

The new 2022 Ford Maverick does it all! This small pickup truck has space for four to five passengers, an easy-to-wash bed, and a standard Hybrid powertrain that nets an impressive 37 miles per gallon.

Compact but mighty, the Ford Maverick is built for makers and doers, stunningly fuel-efficient, and packed with clever technology and features. The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick is the truck for people who never knew they wanted a truck.

2022 Honda Accord Hybrid

2022 Honda Accord Hybrid

The 2022 Honda Accord’s 47 miles per gallon rating builds upon the sedan’s impressive road manners, many standard features and solid upscale feel.

A new Sport trim joins the Accord Hybrid lineup for 2022, replacing the EX trim. Key standard features of the Sport include 19-inch alloy wheels, black rear spoiler, LED headlamps and fog lights, wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, heated front seats, Sirius XM radio, 8-speaker audio system, sport pedals, and the full suite of Honda Sensing® safety and driver-assistive technologies.

2022 Honda Insight

2022 Honda Insight

The Honda Insight exists at the center of excellent fuel economy and classy cabin design. This small sedan looks a lot like a Honda Civic, but its Hybrid powertrain delivers fuel consumption as low as 52 miles per gallon combined.

The Insight is more equipped than ever before. It features many comfort, tech, and safety features including a spacious 5-passenger cabin, 15.1 cubic feet of storage space in the trunk, and an 8-inch color touchscreen.

2022 Kia Niro

2022 KIa Niro

The Kia Niro is a small Hybrid SUV. It’s a great choice that delivers fuel economy as high as 50 miles per gallon combined. A slightly more expensive Plug-In Hybrid is available as well as a fully electric version which may qualify for federal, state, and local incentives.

The Niro also sports the new Kia logo and offers more than 63 cu.-ft. of cargo space and a long list of standard Kia Drive Wise Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.

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