15 Best Vehicles for Young Professionals

2021 Hyundai Tucson

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.

Acura ILX

The 2022 Acura ILX, the cheapest vehicle in Honda’s premium lineup starting at $26,500.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.

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.

Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai Tucson 2021
The 2021 Hyundai Tucson $23,700.
Hyundai Motor America

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.

Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback 2021
The 2021 Subaru Outback starts at $26,795.
Subaru of America, Inc.

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.

Ford Escape

Ford Escape 2021
The 2021 Ford Escape starts at $25,555.
Ford Motor Company

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

Tesla Model 3
The Tesla Model 3 is the most popular electric car in the world starting at $43,990.
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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.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic 2021
The 2021 Honda Civic starts at 21,250.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc

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.

Kia Forte

Kia Forte 2021
The Kia Forte is the automaker’s best-selling car, starting at $19,090.
Kia America

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.

Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70
Starting at $37,525, the luxury sedan is the cheapest in the Genesis range.
Genesis Motor North America

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.

Nissan Sentra

Nissan Sentra 2021
The 2021 Nissan Sentra starts at $19,510.
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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

Toyota Prius Prime 2021
The 2021 Toyota Prius Prime starts at $28,220.
Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc.

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.

Volkswagen Passat

Volkswagen Passat 2021
The 2021 Volkswagen Passat has a suggested starting price of $23,995.
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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.

Jeep Wrangler

Jeep Wrangler 2021
The 2021 Jeep Wrangler starts at $28,870.

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.

Subaru Forester

Subaru Forester 2021
The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $24,795.
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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.

Kia K5

2021 Kia K5
The Kia K5 starts at $23,590.
Kia America

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 Elantra

Hyundai Elantra Hybrid 2021
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid starts at 23,550
Hyundai Motor America

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.

Ford Maverick

2022 Ford Maverick
The Ford Maverick name was given a new model for 2022 after the classic 1970-77 Ford Maverick two-door sedan and starts at just $19,995.
Ford Motor Company

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.

Subaru Crosstrek

Subaru Crosstrek 2021
The 2022 Subaru Crosstrek starts at $22,245.
Subaru of America, Inc.

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.