6 of the Best Cars for Graduates & New Professionals - Columbus Subaru

High School and College Graduation season is fast approaching. This may be the perfect time to reward your graduate with a new car or get yourself a reliable vehicle as you prepare to enter the workforce and a new career. There are a variety of vehicle options in our inventory in Columbus that won’t be too hard on a new grad’s budget while offering the fuel-efficiency, style, and practicality that will help on the next step in life!

We have rounded up a list of six great cars that should be perfect for a new graduate or new professional. These models are all available at our Subaru, Volkswagen, and Audi dealerships in Columbus. Browse our inventory of these models and find your perfect fit today!

1)   Subaru Impreza

The Subaru Impreza is one of our top recommendations for a graduate due to the reliability of the Subaru brand, the options to go for the sedan or hatchback, up to 55.3 cubic feet of cargo space, and excellent safety ratings. The new Impreza sees up to 38 mpg on the highway, making for cheaper commutes to campus or your new workplace. 2019 models start at an impressive $18,595, ideal for those who are just starting out and don’t yet have the funds for a more expensive new car. Highlights of the Impreza include:

?       Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive

?       Blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert

?       LED steering responsive headlights and high beam assist

?       Roof racking

?       Wi-Fi connectivity

?       Harmon Kardon premium audio

2) Subaru Crosstrek

For the grad who has a bit more stuff to haul or wants a vehicle equipped for off-road adventures, the Subaru Crosstrek is an affordable, well-equipped option. The Crosstrek straddles the line between hatchback and crossover, offering the best of both worlds with excellent fuel economy and ample cargo space. Bells and whistles can be added depending on your budget, and you can upgrade this option to include a navigation screen, leather-trimmed upholstery, and more depending on your needs. The Crosstrek starts at an affordable $21,895 compared to others in the crossover off-road segment. Other features that put the Crosstrek high on our list include:

?       Standard symmetrical all-wheel drive

?       8.7 inches of ground clearance

?       Apple CarPlay™ & Android™ Auto Integration

?       Large cargo area with 60/40-split fold-down rear seats

?       Wi-Fi connectivity

?       Rear-vision camera & reverse automatic braking

3) Volkswagen Golf GTI

An excellent option for graduates from Volkswagen is the new Golf GTI. With a starting price of $27,595, the Golf is a little more on the budget but may be the right choice for someone with a new college degree looking to make an impression in the professional world. This sporty car is fun to drive, suits an active lifestyle, and the compact size makes it great for city parking. The roomy hatchback design also leaves more room for friends and hauling gear for weekend adventures. Some features on the new Golf GTI fit for a new professional include:

?       Driving mode selection

?       228-horsepower turbocharged engine

?       Available 8-inch glass touchscreen display

?       Smartphone compatibility

?       Ambient lighting

?       Sport bumpers

?       LED headlights & taillights

?       Available pedestrian monitoring

?       Available keyless access with push-button start

?       Available blind spot monitor

4) Volkswagen e-Golf

New graduates that are more environmentally minded don’t have to blow their budget to get a stylish, eco-friendly car! The Volkswagen e-Golf has been engineered for a fun drive, ready to take on the city. Some features we think new professionals or college students will enjoy with this electric option include:

?       119 EPA estimated combined mpg

?       DC Fast Charger

?       Available 12” digital cockpit

?       App-Connect

?       Available pro touchscreen navigation

?       Blind spot monitor

?       Keyless access with push-button start

?       Ample cargo space

?       Electrically heated windshield

5) Volkswagen Jetta

The newest Volkswagen Jetta has a surprising starting price of just over $18k for all of its great features and proven reliability! Getting ready for a longer commute to your new job? The Jetta offers up to 40 mpg on the highway and 30 in the city. The sporty, sleek look of the sedan and LED headlights and taillights will communicate effortless luxury to your new coworkers or classmates. Other highlights of the Jetta that make this one of our top recommendations for new grads and new professionals include:

?       Panoramic sunroof

?       BeatsAudio™

?       10-color customizable ambient lighting

?       Available ventilated leather seating

?       Available heated front seats

?       Available 8-inch touchscreen navigation

?       Driver personalization

?       Blind Spot Monitor

?       Lane Keeping System

?       Turbocharged engine

Check out our inventory of the new Volkswagen Jetta equipped with all of the driver-assisting, safety, and convenience features perfect for a new chapter of life!

6) Audi A3

If you are looking for more luxury for your new grad, the Audi A3 offers the perfect combination of features, performance, and sophistication. They will love the standard suite of solid efficiency and standard suite of Audi features including a panoramic sunroof, leather seats, and a smartphone interface. The A3 offers a relatively low starting price of $32,500, a much better bargain for a car that offers this much luxury. Other highlights that you will love include:

?       Available fully digital 12.3-inch information display

?       Available full LED headlights

?       Heated front seats

?       Available 4G LTE–powered Wi-Fi hotspot

?       Automated emergency braking & forward-collision warning

Go with a Certified Pre-Owned Model to Save More

If you are still looking for something more affordable for your new grad, consider buying a Certified Pre-Owned Subaru, Volkswagen, Audi, or Porsche at our dealerships in Columbus. These used options offer incredible deals with additional assurance and peace of mind thanks to an extended warranty and thorough inspection to ensure vehicle quality. Browse our inventory of CPO cars today!

Byers Imports is a family-owned dealership that has been serving Columbus for many years. We are dedicated to providing our customers with friendly, professional automotive services and offer an excellent inventory of these great options just in time for graduation. Visit us today or give us a call to inquire about available specials and financing options for recent grads!

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