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With a diploma in hand and the promise of a salary to come, recent college graduates often purchase a vehicle as a reward for their years of hard work in school. At Carvana, we believe that this first crucial decision of adulthood should be fun, and done with as little hassle as possible, saving you from what has typically been an archaic right of passage. With that, we’ve done the research with you in mind! Below we have compiled our list of the top vehicles we recommend for recent college graduates.

Sedan: 2013 Honda Civic

  • There’s a reason why this is one of the most popular vehicles in America. With five seats, plenty of room for your passengers, 28 mpg city/39 mpg highway, the Civic is perfect for daily life.
  • The Civic has a clean, professional body style, but if you are looking for something a little more sporty, the Civic Coupe offers you that option.
  • Our Carvana price has a range of $13,000 – $14,500, making it a very affordable buy.

Hatchback: 2014 Chevy Sonic

  • With 19 cubic feet of cargo volume, and up to 30.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down, it is easy to store and transport bulky items inside the Chevy Sonic.
  • The spacious seating and comfortable steering make long drives more relaxing and manageable, creating a better experience on long trips.
  • This is the least expensive vehicle on our list of recommendations and still remains a solid choice, falling within a price range of $10,000 – $11,000 for certain models and options.

Wagon: 2013 Kia Soul

  • Soul is a suitable name for this vehicle, as this vehicle is for the artistic individual who stands out from the crowd.
  • The box-like design provides ample head and legroom for taller passengers and is ideal for city street parking.
  • The Soul offers great fuel economy with 25 mpg city and 30 mpg highway and the best powertrain limited warranty (10 years/100,000 miles).

SUV: 2014 Jeep Patriot

  • With four-wheel drive, 23 mpg city and 30 mpg highway, the Patriot is great for both the daily routine and weekend adventures.
  • The Patriot is rated as one of the least expensive SUVs on the market. If you would like to spend your money on a bike and climbing gear, but still be able to haul it around, then this is the perfect match for you!
  • This vehicle pays homage to the original classic Jeep design that America fell in love with.

Truck: 2014 Toyota Tacoma

  • This workhorse offers a more sturdy, versatile option for college grads. With greater height and weight than a sedan or hatchback, it provides more safety and driver visibility in the city, and the ability to go off-road in the country.
  • The Carvana price ranges from $24,000 to $32,000, as there are many options available. If you are looking for better gas mileage, a smaller engine will cost less both up front and at the pump. If you are looking for more power, a larger engine can give you up to 236 horsepower.
  • The 60.3-inch truck bed makes hauling easy, so that move closer to your new job will be a breeze.

Coupe: 2013 Chevy Camaro

  • The Camaro comes standard with an engine that has 323 horsepower! So, if you have aspirations of joining the cast of the Fast and the Furious, the Camaro will give you all the power and style you need to be an action star! (*Explosions not included*)
  • In the event that someone goes “too fast, too furious,” the Camaro received a top five-star rating in crash tests for both front and side impacts, help ensure that you and your passengers walk away safely from any potential accidents.
  • The Camaro is highly customizable to fit your fuel-injected fantasies, with options to have a manual or automatic transmission, a supercharged engine with over 400 horsepower, a Coupe or Convertible, or touchscreen navigation.