5 Cars That Are Perfect for New College Grads


Honda gave the entire Civic lineup an extensive refreshing for 2013 because a 2012 redesign of the model fell flat with consumers and auto reviewers.

As a result, this year’s Civic Si feature a better-looking exterior, a higher-quality interior and upscale features such as Bluetooth and a rearview camera as standard equipment.

The 140-horsepower Si — which 6.7% of Edmunds readers picked as 2013’s best college-grad car — also comes standard with improved suspension, better steering and additional soundproofing for a smoother, quieter ride.


Fourth-best car for grads: Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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The sporty Hyundai Genesis Coupe boasts rear-wheel drive, a turbocharged engine and other performance features you’d normally only expect on higher-priced vehicles.

“The Genesis Coupe is budget-friendly car that still manages to be sharp looking,” DiPietro says. “It’s a good choice for recent grads who are looking for a performance coupe.”

Hyundai has refreshed the model for 2013 with better suspension, improved steering and a standard, 274-horsepower four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The Genesis Coupe, which 6.8% of Edmunds readers picked as 2013’s best college-grad car, also comes standard with Hyundai’s industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

Available options include a 348-horsepower V-6 engine and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Third-best car for grads: Kia Optima
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This midsized sedan carries a modest price, but offers good looks, posh finishes and an impressive 200-horsepower four-cylinder engine.

“The Optima is one of those models where you seem to get a lot more car than you paid for in terms of styling, quality and refined performance,” DiPietro says. “It has this upscale vibe about it that belies its price tag.”  http://www.mainstreet.com/node/28601?page=2 for more !


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