One dream nearly every American kid holds dear is getting their first car. Thing is, in most cases, what they’re dreaming of isn’t practical, nor it is usually the safest car a fledgling driver should own. In other words, that kid’s dream come true is a parent’s worst nightmare.
But wait; there is hope.
Here’s a selection of the best new and used cars for graduates with style, practicality, and a nice complement of safety features. For the used cars, we looked at three-year-old models priced under $20,000, which qualified for their manufacturer’s certified pre-owned programs and the warranty protection they afford. For the new cars, we looked at models priced under $25,000.
Your kid’s dreams really can come true—without waking you with a start in the middle of the night.