Spring is finally here. Birds are chirping, flowers are in bloom, and thousands of new college grads are anxiously waiting to throw their hats in the air.
Here at Honk HQ, we decided to get ready for commencement day by heading to the library and researching the most popular cars for new grads.
Our final paper is full of coupes, sedans, and hatchbacks with plenty of personality. Compared to previous years, however, you may notice that this list of top cars for the Class of 2010 comes up short on pickup trucks and SUVs.
Given their general sensitivity to the environment and the sky-high fuel prices this class experienced at the end of their Sophomore year, the shift to smaller and more fuel efficient cars makes a lot of sense. Who wants to spend hard-earned cash on a gas guzzler when there are expensive student loans to pay off?
What you’ll find in place of off-roading gear is technology – and lots of it. Gadgets and software are a way of life for these members of the Echo Boom generation and it shows in their vehicle choices.
The winning Mazda 3 on this year’s list can be had with a Bluetooth hands-free phone system, satellite-based navigation system, keyless engine start, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic climate control, and high-intensity discharge headlights that can swivel to illuminate corners at night. These kinds of features used to be reserved for mom’s Mercedes, not fuel-sipping junior sports sedans.
So finish cleaning out your dorm room and take a look at Honk’s 21 Best Cars for College Grads: