Whether you’re buying your first new car or the first car you’ve ever bought with your own money, the purchase process is a major undertaking and probably the most expensive decisions you’ll ever make.
news week has compiled a list of the best cars, trucks and SUVs for young professionals taking into account price, fuel consumption, passenger space, technology and appearance.
Every vehicle on this list comes with standard or available Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For those looking for a premium car on a budget, the Acura ILX might be what you’re looking for. The ILX offers a mix of luxury and sportiness, with heated seats as standard, a sunroof and driver safety features such as Lane Trace Assist, Forward Collision Warning and Driver Alertness Monitoring.
This compact SUV has enough space to comfortably pack a few friends or your four-legged friend. The newly redesigned Hyundai Tucson is fuel efficient and provides a smooth ride for commuters. A hybrid model is available that not only offers better fuel economy but also offers a snappier start. In addition, the Tucson has a range of desirable standard and available safety features, including Lane Trace Assist, Forward Collision Warning and driver alertness monitoring.
The Subaru Outback appeals to the young outdoor professional with its adventurous appearance, standard four-wheel drive and cargo-friendly cabin. The spacious interior makes the Outback perfect for a weekend away with friends and the fuel economy makes it suitable for the transition to your daily commute. Starting in the 2021 model year, the Subaru Outback now comes standard with adaptive headlamps and a rear seat reminder system.
The Ford Escape is a great option for weekend adventurers on a regular commute schedule. Available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains, along with a traditional combustion engine variant, this fuel-efficient compact SUV offers plenty of passenger and cargo space. The Escape comes standard with two USB ports, a 12-volt power outlet, six cup holders and Ford Co-Pilot360 safety and driver assistance technology.
Tesla Model 3
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly electric vehicle, the 2021 Tesla Model 3 base model may be for you. The cheapest version of the Model 3 has rear-wheel drive and an estimated all-electric range of up to 267 miles. Long Range and Performance versions are available for a higher price.
The Honda Civic is a low-frills car whose price makes it ideal for someone who is still paying off student loans. This small car comes standard with a 7-inch infotainment touchscreen, satellite radio and speed-dependent volume compensation. If you opt for a higher class, you get heated seats, a fully digital driver information screen and navigation. The Civic also offers a host of standard driver assistance features, including adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistant.
The 2021 Kia Forte is a value-oriented, budget-friendly option. In addition to being economical, the Forte offers a long list of standard features, including an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. The 2021 Forte also comes standard with Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Monitoring and Forte Collision Warning Safety and Driver Assist.
the 2021 Genesis The G70 offers the luxury of a sports sedan at an affordable price. The cabin is equipped with a heated steering wheel and front seats as standard. The G70 also comes standard with several safety and driver assistance features, including Lane Trace Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Assist.
The 2022 Nissan Sentra is a predictably reliable, economical little car that is an excellent option for someone looking for a combination of safety features, comfort and convenience at an affordable price. The Sentra comes standard with remote keyless entry, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind spot warning and automatic rear braking.
Toyota Prius Prime
The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime is the only member of the Prius family that you can get with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, meaning it can run on all-electric power as well as a traditional petrol-powered hybrid.
The Prius Prime has solid fuel economy and comes standard with heated front seats, automatic climate control and remote keyless entry. The models also come with several standard active safety features, including traffic sign recognition and pedestrian and bicycle detection.
The 2021 Volkswagen Passat offers a comfortable ride and a spacious rear seat for some passengers or a four-legged companion. Each model comes with a solid list of driver assistance and infotainment features, including automatic emergency braking and blind spot monitoring.
The Jeep Wrangler is a popular vehicle for off-road adventures. The Wrangler comes standard with automatic air conditioning and power windows, but also has a removable roof and doors. Opting for a higher rank will bring buyers with an infotainment touchscreen with navigation and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Like much of the Subaru range, this standard four-wheel drive Forester compact SUV fits the description for an adventurer’s ideal ride. The Subaru Forester features several standard driver assistance technologies through the EyeSight safety system. Subaru has made adaptive LED headlights and automatic high beam standard for the Forester range from 2021.
The spacious and sporty Kia K5 is a nice car to comfortably pack a group. The cabin boasts plenty of legroom and generous trunk space, making it a useful alternative to the increasingly popular crossover SUVs. This large sedan has wireless connectivity for your smart devices and satellite radio as standard. Kia offers Lane Trace Assist, Lane Departure Warning, Rear Cross Traffic Assist and Driver Alertness Monitoring for the K5 as standard.
Hyundai has completely redesigned the Elantra for 2021 so that the four-door now comes with modern exterior and interior styling and more advanced technology features than before, including Automatic Emergency Braking System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Automatic Rear Braking . The Elantra is also offered as a hybrid and in a performance N variant.
The Ford Maverick is the brand’s first standard hybrid pickup. It is highly adaptable, equipped with a modern cab with desirable technology and offers excellent fuel economy. The pickup also comes with a range of standard safety features, including pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking and automatic high beam.
The Subaru Crosstrek comfortably accommodates four adults in its spacious cabin thanks to ample leg and headroom in the rear. The compact SUV has several standard safety features, such as automatic pre-collision braking, lane-keeping assistant and adaptive cruise control.