Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for College Graduates


The battle for 1st place was a tough one, but ultimately the sporty rear-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis Coupe edged out the sporty front-wheel-drive Volkswagen GTI by just half a percentage point — 17.8 percent to 17.3 percent of the vote. Trailing the two front-runners at 12.7 percent was another Hyundai candidate, this time the new Sonata.

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. Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    1. Hyundai Genesis Coupe

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe bundles excellent rear-wheel-drive driving dynamics and brisk performance into an attractive — and attractively priced — package.

  2. Volkswagen GTI

    2. Volkswagen GTI

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Volkswagen GTI is quite possibly the most refined "hot hatch" ever brought to our shores. If you don't demand maximum performance, put the GTI on your short list.

  3. Hyundai Sonata

    3. Hyundai Sonata

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The previous Sonata was a solid contender, but for 2011, the Hyundai Sonata vaults itself to the top of the class.

  4. Hyundai Tucson

    4. Hyundai Tucson

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Hyundai Tucson may not be as big as its main rivals, but it makes amends with a handsome cabin, an ample features list, sporty handling and a low price. It's a top pick for a small crossover.

  5. Ford Mustang (V6)

    5. Ford Mustang (V6)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Ford Mustang is a dog and pony show — the base V6 is crude and unpleasant, but the V8-powered GT is a muscular sports coupe to be reckoned with.

  6. Mazda Mazdaspeed3

    6. Mazda Mazdaspeed3

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The old Mazdaspeed 3 was already our top choice for a budget performance car; the redesigned 2010 model is even better.

  7. Chevrolet Camaro (V6)

    7. Chevrolet Camaro (V6)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    It was worth the wait. With segment-topping performance and value to complement its striking styling, the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro is our top pick among modern-day muscle cars.

  8. Mini Cooper

    8. Mini Cooper

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A marvelous marriage of British character and German know-how, the 2010 Mini Cooper is stylish, fun to drive and remarkably good on gas.

  9. Volkswagen Jetta

    9. Volkswagen Jetta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta remains the only discount-price European sedan (and wagon) offered for the U.S. market. A large array of trim levels and powertrains further increases the Jetta's appeal.

  10. Toyota Prius

    10. Toyota Prius

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The Toyota Prius remains the most fuel-efficient and space-efficient hybrid on the market. A few flaws remain, but the changes made for 2010 generally make for a better Prius.

  11. Dodge Challenger (V6)

    11. Dodge Challenger (V6)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Like its ancestors from the 1970s, the 2010 Dodge Challenger doesn't quite match the maximum performance generated by its muscle-car rivals, but in exchange it delivers a more luxurious driving experience.

  12. Chevrolet Equinox

    12. Chevrolet Equinox

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Chevy Equinox is a stylish and comfortable entry in the highly competitive small crossover segment. RAV4 and CR-V shoppers should take notice.

  13. Subaru Forester

    13. Subaru Forester

    What Edmunds.com says:
    More grown up in both size and character than past iterations, the 2010 Subaru Forester is a top pick in the highly competitive small SUV segment.

  14. Mazda CX-7

    14. Mazda CX-7

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to a sharp design and peppy powertrain, the 2010 Mazda CX-7 brings some much-needed fun to an otherwise practical but mostly bland segment.

  15. Suzuki Kizashi

    15. Suzuki Kizashi

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is a whole new ballgame for the brand and an impressive, potential class-leading entry in the ultra-competitive midsize sedan segment.

  16. Honda Civic Si

    16. Honda Civic Si

    What Edmunds.com says:
    For a reliable and enjoyable-to-drive small car, you're not going to do much better than the 2010 Honda Civic.

  17. Honda CR-V

    17. Honda CR-V

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Honda CR-V remains one of our favorite compact crossover SUVs. More power this year should help with its traditionally sluggish performance; however, the absence of an optional engine upgrade continues to be an Achilles heel.

  18. Honda Insight

    18. Honda Insight

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Honda Insight largely improves upon the tried-and-true formula of the rival Prius, and it costs thousands less.

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