Best Cars for Class of 2022 Graduates

Con-grad-ulations to all 2022 graduates! Graduating is so exciting, and a great way to reward yourself for this achievement is with a new ride!

If you’ve been driving a hand-me-down since high school, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the incentives being offered to graduates, and sometimes to those up to two years out of college. Most automakers offer between $250-$1000, and other automakers offer more attractive rates. 

Let’s take a look at some of the highly accoladed cars for graduates going out into the world.

1. Hyundai Kona – From $21,300, leasing from $239/month, $400 graduate discount

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Named best sub-compact SUV in 2021, the Kona continues to impress with standard features, fresh styling, and attractive incentives for fresh graduates. Loaded with safety features, cool tech features and boasting outstanding gas mileage, this car could be the ‘total package’.

2. Toyota Corolla – From $20,425, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

A perennial bestseller, the Corolla makes a ton of financial sense for the optimistic Class of 2022 graduate with a freshly pivoted mortarboard tassel.  Two body styles and a plethora of trim levels mean there’s a Corolla for every adventure. 

3. Honda Civic – From $22,550, leasing from $209/month, $500 graduate discount

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Another classic and now in its eleventh generation, the Civic is known for its affordability, efficiency and durability. Offered in either traditional sedan or more practical hatchback form, its generous cargo space makes it perfect for both driving around town or the next road trip with college friends.

4. Subaru Crosstrek – From $22,645, leasing from $245/month, graduate finance/lease rate available

The rugged and handsome Crosstrek by Subaru offers the best of on-road driving manners with off-road capability.  With an attractive base MSRP and a ton of options and aftermarket accessories, the Crosstrek should appeal to the explorer in all of us! 

5. Mazda 3 – From $20,800, leasing from $279/month, graduate finance/lease rates available

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Among the most stylish cars in its class but with a base price of just over $20,000, the Mazda3 sports a super elegant interior that will build confidence on the way to the first (and maybe second) jobs.   


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