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NowCar Cars for High School and College Gards

Cars for High School or College Grads

Written By, Jordan R.


The little ones aren’t so little anymore, are they? Nope, your kids have grown up, and they’re graduating high school or even college. As you send them off into the real world, you may want to surprise them with a little gift on wheels. Before you do that though, there’s a few things to think about when shopping for a new car, especially for a teenager.


It’s always good to keep a budget in mind when shopping around for a car. Luckily, there are plenty of great cars out there at an affordable price. The 2017 Kia Rio is a good choice, and it comes in the form of a sedan and a hatchback. The sedan has a starting MSRP of $14,165 and the 5-door Kia Rio hatchback starts at $15,495. Both have their own style and are ready to go where your teen or college grad need to.

The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage is another great vehicle to look at. With a starting MSRP of $12,995 that’s pretty affordable, and that’s if it’s brand new. Plus, its fuel economy is excellent.

Fuel Efficiency

If good fuel economy is what you’re looking for in a new car for your teen, then the Mitsubishi Mirage and Mirage G4 are definitely the place to start. With a fuel economy of 37 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway, the Mirage needs fewer fill ups than other average new cars, which means less money spent on gas. The Mirage G4 is has a similar fuel economy, averaging 35/42 mpg city/highway.

There’s also the Chevrolet Spark if your budget can stretch a bit. The Spark has a starting MSRP of $13,000 and a fuel economy of 38 mpg on the highway. Not bad, and the technology is pretty great. What smartphone connected teen wouldn’t like to have Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and a built-in wi-fi hotspot with 4G LTE? Plus, the 2017 Chevrolet Spark comes with Teen Driver modes so you can manage what does and doesn’t work while driving.


All of the vehicles mentioned have decent warranties.

All new Chevrolet vehicles are backed by a three-year or 36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty and a 5-year or 60,000-mile powertrain warranty (100,000 miles for qualified fleet purchases). Additionally, the vehicle’s exterior is protected by a 3-year or 36,000-mile corrosion warranty, a 6-year or 100,000-mile rust-through warranty, and buyers receive complimentary roadside assistance for 5 years or 60,000 miles. There is also a 2-year scheduled maintenance plan that comes standard.

Kia models are backed by an industry leading warranty. They come with a 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, a 5-year or 60,000-mile limited basic warranty, and a 5-year or 100,000-mile limited anti-perforation warranty.

But Mitsubishi has the best warranties in the auto industry. Compared to the above, every Mitsubishi vehicle is covered by a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty, and 7-year/100,000-mile anti-corrosion and perforation limited warranty.

Now that you know about some great vehicles for your teen or college student, find your car with us or contact us for some advice on what car to get.

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