3 Great Car Choices for Your High School Graduate
High school graduation is right around the corner. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your grad? If so, get them the ultimate graduation gift to head off to college, a new car. This guide to the best car for your high school grad will give you plenty of options your graduate will love.
When it comes to vehicle shopping for someone who is 18 and fresh out of high school, there are a few things you will want to keep in mind (for both them and you), affordability, fuel economy, technology, and warranty. With that being said, that is why we chose the following vehicles.
Talk about affordability, the Chevy Spark’s pricing begins at just $13,000 and it includes two years of scheduled maintenance in addition to its 3-year/ 36,000-mile basic warranty and five-year/ 60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
When it comes to safety and entertainment technology, your graduate will never be bored, but will always be safe. It is a win-win situation for both of you. Safety technology including OnStar basic plan for five years, a rear vision camera, traction control, and StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist all come standard. Entertainment technology including a four-speaker audio system, bluetooth phone connection, and the Chevy MyLink system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all come standard.
The engine in the Chevy Spark is a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine. The engine pumps out 98 horsepower and 94 lb-ft of torque. The best part of the engine is it’s impressive fuel economy. The engine gets the Spark and EPA estimated 30 city and 38 highway mpg.
The Mitsubishi Mirage is even more affordable than the Spark (by a little), with a starting price of $12,995. The Mirage comes with an amazing warranty to help keep the vehicle running for as long as possible. The Mirage comes with a five-year or 60,000-mile basic warranty and a ten-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty. It doesn’t get better than that!
Again, both safety and entertainment technology are abundant in the Mirage as well. Safety features including hill start assist, active stability control, advanced dual-stage airbags, and tire pressure monitoring are just a few of the many standard safety features that come with the Mirage. A four-speaker audio system with AM/FM and USB capability and a 12-volt power outlet come with the base model Mirage. There are also plenty of additional add ons for those looking for more safety and entertainment.
The engine in the Mirage is a 1.2-liter MIVEC DOHC 3-inline engine that puts out 78 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. Believe it or not, the Mirage is even more fuel efficient than the Chevy Spark. The Mirage gets an EPA estimated 37 city and 43 highway mpg. If fuel efficiency is the biggest factor for your grad, this is the car for them.
The Kia Soul is a bit more expensive than the Mirage and Spark, but that is because it comes with more standard features. The pricing for the Kia Soul begins at $16,100. The Soul also has a five year or 60,000-mile basic warranty and a 10-year or 100,000 mile powertrain warranty.
Even the base trim has entertainment features like AM/FM radio and USB capability, SiriusXM satellite radio, a six-speaker audio system, bluetooth technology come standard. The Kia Soul will keep your graduate safe with standard features including electronic brake-force distribution, vehicle stability management, hill start assist control and more.
The Soul comes packed with a 1.6-liter I-4 engine, but it is also available with an upgraded 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. The base engine produces 130 horsepower and 118 lb-ft of torque, while the upgraded engine puts out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque and both are fuel efficient. The base engine gets an impressive 26 mpg in the city and 31 mph on the highway mpg and the upgraded engine averages 25 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
*Interested in one of these or another vehicle for your graduate? Check out our entire inventory at MIami Lakes Automall online here. *