Best Cars For Graduates

Best Cars For Graduates

The 2020 school year has almost come to an end and many parents are sending their kids off to college. As a celebratory and practical gift, many parents choose to buy a car for their soon-to-be graduates.

We have compiled a list of the top 4 car options for 2020 graduates. These vehicles have great EPA estimated gas mileage, are size appropriate, have plenty of cargo space for moving, and are packed with safety features.

What Your 2020 Graduate Needs In A Car

Great Gas Mileage

Sending your graduate off to college means they will be traveling a lot. More than likely they will come home for winter break, summer, and whenever they are homesick. To lower the cost of driving back home, your recent graduate needs to have a car with great EPA-estimate gas mileage.

Size Of Car

You don’t want to send off your recent graduate to college in a full-size SUV or truck. Due to the lack of parking and the size of parking sizes, a smaller car is ideal for college students.

Cargo Space

College students move so many times it’s hard to count. Instead of paying for a moving service or vehicle, the amount of cargo space in your recent graduate’s vehicle can save time and money. When looking for a car for your soon-to-be college student, cargo space is everything.


One of the biggest concerns parents have with sending their recent grad off to college is safety. How safe will my graduate be? Well, these vehicles have built-in safety features that are designed to see things before they do, so you can know your teen is going to be safe.

Best Cars For Graduates

Buick Encore

The 2020 Buick Encore is a subcompact SUV that is great for recent graduates looking for a small SUV that will fit in any parking space. This SUV has an EPA-estimated 25 city and 30 highway. It offers 18.8 ft³ cargo space and 48.4 ft³ with the seating area. Even though this SUV is smaller than most, it has fold-flat front passenger and folding second-row seats to give your recent grad most room for moving. As for safety Buick specializes in safety features; the 2020 Buick Encore comes standard with a long list of safety features, such as Forward Collision Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. The Encore also allows you to add on more safety features to give the most peace-of-mind a parent can have.

2020 Buick Encore Inventory

Buick Encore GX

The 2020 Encore GX is the perfect choice for 2020 graduates. It is bigger than the Encore and has a sporty look with innovative technology that your teen will LOVE! The GX offers an EPA-estimated 30 city and 32 highway. The cargo space is 23.5 ft³ and 50.2 ft³ with the seating area. The GX also has a fold-flat front passenger seat and folding second-row seats to fully maximize cargo space. The Encore GX comes standard with more safety features than ever; read more about the GX’s standard and available safety features.

2020 Buick Encore GX Inventory

Buick Envision

If you are looking for a car that is a bit bigger than the Encore or Encore GX, the Envision is the next size up. Its cargo space is 26.9 ft³ and 57.3 ft³ with the seating area. The 60/40 split fold-flat rear seats allow for bedding, storage containers, clothes, and anything else your grad will need to fit into their car. The Envision offers an EPA-estimated 22 city and 29 highway. Much like the Encore and GX, the 2020 Buick Envision, offers innovative safety features that will ease any parents’ fears of safety.

2020 Buick Envision Inventory

GMC Terrain

The 2020 GMC Terrain is the most versatile SUV out of this list. This compact SUV offers 29.6 ft³, 63.3 ft³ with the rear seats folded, and 81 ft³ with the passenger seat folded; for a subcompact, this SUV is ideal for a college student that wants an SUV that is small enough to fit into small parking spots, yet big enough to utilize for moving. It has an EPA-estimated 26 city and 32 highway. The 2020 GMC Terrain comes standard with the GMC Pro Safety Package, which includes so many safety features its hard to count.

2020 GMC Terrain Inventory

Best Used Cars For Graduates

When looking for the best cars for graduates, it can be challenging to stay in budget and get the best features. Which is why we offer the best used cars for graduates in Northwest Indiana. Our used car inventory has a variety of makes and models that won’t break the bank. Most of these pre-owned vehicles are GM Certified or Circle Premium Certified. View our entire USED CAR INVENTORY to find the best used car for your 2020 graduate.