Hats off to all the new grads! It’s that time of year again – graduation parties, inspirational “feel good” speeches, framed diplomas up on the shelf.

By now though, it’s the middle of June. The excitement might have worn off a bit as graduates have moved back home and started the search for real life jobs with real life responsibilities.

Along with those new duties – like paying off student loans – comes the need for a good, dependable vehicle. Priced right, and reliable, here are 5 of our top car choices for graduates everywhere. Go on graduates, drive them to those first interviews. Land the dream job. Soon you’ll be commuting with them each day.

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Vehicle Options for You:

ford fiesta 2015 red

           - Starts at $13,965 - $20,945

           - 36 MPG combined highway and road use

           - 3-cylinder EcoBoost engine, Intelligent Access with Push-Button start and Reverse Sensing System

           - Sharp interior that seats 5, more spacious than typical compact cars


nissan rouge 2015 dark blue car

           - Starts at $23,040 - $28,280

           - 26/33 MPG

           - 4-cylinder engine with Rearview monitor, Drive-Assist Display, Push Button ignition, All-Wheel Drive

           - Seats 5, with plenty of storage, legroom, and extra space


kia forte 2015 bright blue

           - Starts at $15,890 - $19,390

           - 26/39 MPG

           - 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed transmission, Voice Recognition Maps, Keyless Entry, Fog lights,        Tweeter speakers, Front Wheel Drive

           - Seats 5 with plenty of room for belongings and storage


honda fit 2015 yellow

           - Starts at $15,650 - $19,925

           - 33 city/ 41 hwy MPG

           - 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed transmission, Push-Button start, In Touch Swipeable Touchscreen, and        standard rearview camera

           - Honda LaneWatch for blindspots and EcoAssist to help you drive more economically and efficiently

           - Subcompact car, seats 5, with ample interior space


mazda sedan 2015 red

           - Starts at $16,945 - $25,045 

           - 30/41 MPG

           - 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed transmission

           - Keyless entry, rearview camera, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert Map

           - Seats 5, compact car with decent space


What do all of these cars have in common?  They have space for passengers, lower end prices, quality MPG stats and fun features. All of these models have multiple add-ons and similar upgrade options. You can also look for used versions or research others that best fit the needs of you or a graduate you know.

Don’t forget to check what your expected car insurance quote will be before purchasing and remember to ask for all qualifying discounts. (Hey, join that alumni program!)

Best of luck, Graduates!


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