Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for College Graduates


Proving that one can still have fun after college, the two top spots were driving enthusiasts' favorites. The eminently agile Scion FR-S sports car took 1st place with 15.2 percent of the vote. The still sprightly but more practical Volkswagen GTI wasn't far behind with 12.2 percent. Third place went to the Kia Optima, with the handsome, value-packed sedan capturing 8.5 percent of your votes.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. Scion FR-S

    1. Scion FR-S

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The FR-S is not your friend's boxy Scion. Thanks to sleek styling, rear-wheel drive and sharp handling, the FR-S is one of the most appealing performance cars of 2013.

  2. Volkswagen GTI

    2. Volkswagen GTI

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Volkswagen GTI doesn't boast scorching specifications, but as a whole package -- comfort, drivability and performance -- it's one of our top picks for a sporty hatchback.

  3. Kia Optima

    3. Kia Optima

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Kia Optima is one of our top picks for a midsize sedan. With evocative styling, strong engine choices and a long list of features, it's easy to see why.

  4. Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    4. Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With more power under the hood and added features, the 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe furthers its already favorable standing.

  5. Honda Civic Si

    5. Honda Civic Si

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Just one year after the model's poorly received redesign, the 2013 Honda Civic benefits from a significant refresh that should help restore its luster in the competitive compact-car category.

  6. Volkswagen Jetta

    6. Volkswagen Jetta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta is roomy and quite efficient, especially when equipped with the diesel engine. But other small sedans will likely be more enjoyable to own overall.

  7. Ford Mustang (V6)

    7. Ford Mustang (V6)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Though this generation of Mustang is nearing the end of its lifecycle, the 2013 Ford Mustang remains the top muscle car and one of the best bang-for-the-buck deals.

  8. Dodge Challenger

    8. Dodge Challenger

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Dodge Challenger is sure to delight muscle car fanatics with its power and attitude, while winning over more fans with its civilized road manners and higher levels of comfort.

  9. Chevrolet Camaro (V6)

    9. Chevrolet Camaro (V6) - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    For tire-burning power and Hollywood flash, it doesn't get much better than the 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.

  10. Mazda Mazdaspeed3

    9. Mazda Mazdaspeed3 - Tie

    What Edmunds.com says:
    While the 2013 Mazdaspeed 3 continues to offer invigorating performance, sharp handling and impressive practicality at a budget price, its appeal has been diminished by recently introduced competitors.

  11. Mazda CX-5

    11. Mazda CX-5

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With its fuel-efficient engine, engaging driving experience and daring styling, the 2013 Mazda CX-5 is a good pick for those seeking a sporty yet thrifty crossover SUV.

  12. Toyota Prius

    12. Toyota Prius

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Toyota Prius continues to be the quintessential hybrid, though other newer hybrids are more desirable to drive.

  13. Mini Cooper

    13. Mini Cooper

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to British character and German engineering, the 2013 Mini Cooper is a great pick for a small coupe or convertible.

  14. Toyota RAV4

    14. Toyota RAV4

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Previously looking a little dated among fresher competitors, the Toyota RAV4 returns with a new look and new features that place it again at the forefront of small-to-midsize crossover SUVs.

  15. Subaru Forester

    15. Subaru Forester

    What Edmunds.com says:
    It's neither the most efficient nor the most luxurious small crossover available, but the Subaru Forester will hold special appeal for those drivers who frequently enjoy the great outdoors.

  16. Honda CR-V

    16. Honda CR-V

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Roomy, fuel-efficient and loaded with family-friendly amenities, the 2013 Honda CR-V is one of our favorite compact crossover SUVs.

  17. Ford Escape

    17. Ford Escape

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Ford Escape is a winner in the segment of small crossover utility vehicles thanks to athletic driving dynamics, an inviting cabin and plenty of useful high-tech features.

  18. Chevrolet Equinox

    18. Chevrolet Equinox

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Stylish and comfortable, the 2013 Chevy Equinox is one of our top choices in the highly competitive segment of compact crossovers.

  19. Hyundai Tucson

    19. Hyundai Tucson

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2013 Hyundai Tucson might not be as roomy as its main rivals, but it makes amends with a handsome design, an ample list of features, sporty handling and a low price. It's a solid pick for a small crossover.

  20. Kia Sportage

    20. Kia Sportage

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to a fun-to-drive nature, the 2013 Kia Sportage is a realistic alternative to other top small crossover SUVs on the market.

Comments

  • joeyongo joeyongo Posts:

    Any way people are generally entitled to their opinion, moreover with different people having different preferences and varying choices I am not surprised at the kind of results I am seeing here now. Ideally, my best car for college graduates is still Kia Optima, with Volkswagen GTI second on my list. College students generally love cars that are sleek with a good modern design, but number of students who are married may not like the coupe version of cars because it may not be able to accomodate their spouse and kids comfortably. Usually, it is the young students who are still single that really love coupe car versions and if the survey were to collect personal information of respondents, there is a likelihood that this would have been demonstrated. I think i have shared enough, maybe let someone else contribute what they think about this piece. I usually share my thoughts and tips on Cars at Smart Auto Tips

  • bj2991 bj2991 Posts:

    I'd say, this list is alle very unrealistic. How much money does the average college graduates make? I'm sure it's not enough to buy a Scion FR-S or a golf GTI. Don't even speak about the challenger. Or this person should have a really nice boss that let's you lease one. So why not put second hand cars on the list?

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