Best Hyundais for a New Graduate

May 6th, 2022 by

When a graduate moves from high school to college or from college to the beginning of a career, they need access to a dependable and safe car or sport utility vehicle. Hyundai makes a range of vehicles that are ideal for graduates. Let’s take a look at these models below.

2020 Hyundai Elantra

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is ideal for drivers who want a strong combination of safety and high-tech features in their cars. It scored a four-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a federal organization dedicated to ensuring that the vehicles sold to Americans are road-worthy and safe. It comes equipped with six airbags, a vehicle stability management system, lane-keeping assistance, forward collision mitigation featuring automatic emergency braking, and a tire-specific pressure warning system.

The 2020 Elantra has a reputation for solid handling and long-term reliability. It is available in the SE, SEL, Value Edition, ECO, Limited, and Sport trim levels, with the SE trim starting at just over $19,000. Insurance prices for this car are around $300 lower per year compared to the national average. Its unified torsion beam strut suspension system grants a highly sturdy and stable ride.

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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If you’re looking for a strong sport utility vehicle for your graduate, consider the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent nonprofit dedicated to the same goals as the National Highway Safety Administration, gave the coveted Top Safety Pick rating to this SUV. It is available in the SE 2.4, SEL 2.4, SEL 2.0T, Limited 2.4, and Limited 2.0T trim levels. 

The numbers relate to the engine that powers each trim. The 2.4-liter regular gas inline-four engine generates 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. The 2.0-liter standard gas inline-four engine grants 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. It manages to be smaller and faster because it comes with a turbocharger.

Its safety features include a set of six airbags, a driver alertness monitoring system, a tire-specific pressure warning system, front and rear collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, blind-spot collision avoidance assistance, and electronic stability controls. This Santa Fe can tow up to 3,500 pounds and carry up to 1,237 pounds. The insurance for this sport utility vehicle is a paltry $158 a month on average.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

If your graduate is environmentally conscious, they’ll be glad to get their hands on the especially green 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid. The Ioniq is available as a standard hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. It has an all-electric range of 29 miles. If your graduate’s next educational institution or new workplace is within that range from their lodgings, they can make every related commute without spending a single cent on gas.

It is powered by a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a 1.6kWh lithium-ion battery tied to a 32kW electric motor. The combination grants 139 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The transmission is a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid comes in Blue, SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels. Its safety features include lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, a tire-specific pressure warning system, forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, and a set of seven airbags. This Ioniq’s insurance coverage averages around $135 a month. Its multi-link strut suspension system is unified, granting a solid and extremely stable ride.

2021 Hyundai Venue

If style is just as important to your graduate as technology and safety, the 2021 Hyundai Venue is the vehicle for them. It has a smooth and refined exterior look, with a grated metal grille, thin and bright headlights, and large penetrating fog lights. Its body lines are similar to those of high-style European cars. Two-tone upholstery and exterior paint jobs are available. 

It is available in SE, SEL, and Denim trim levels. The insurance for this SUV is exceptionally cheap, beating the national average by over $450 per year. This Venue is powered by a 1.6-liter Smartstream four-cylinder engine granting 121 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. This type of engine is particularly fuel-efficient.

The 2021 Hyundai Venue’s safety features include a driver alertness monitoring system, lane-keeping assistance, lane departure warning, a backup camera, forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, electronic stability controls, and a set of six airbags. This Venue can tow up to 1,780 pounds and carry up to 1,158 pounds of cargo.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata is exceptionally reliable and affordable. It is incredibly roomy, its steering is silky smooth, and its dual-clutch automatic transmission is ultra-responsive. Most of these vehicles come with efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder engines providing 185 horsepower and 178 lb-ft of torque. On average, the insurance cost for this vehicle is around $119 a month.

Its rack and pinion steering system grants this Sonata a tight 35.8-foot turning radius, making it ideal for navigating through crowded city streets and packed parking lots. The average used 2018 Sonata still has 200,000 miles of life left in the engine, so they’re remarkably reliable and long-lived for their price point.

The 2018 Sonata’s safety features include a tire-specific pressure warning system, an optional Blue Link Emergency SOS system, electronic stability controls, rear cross-traffic alert, a backup camera, ABS driveline traction control, and a set of nine airbags. It’s called the Sonata because this sedan is available with a crystal-clear 12-speaker Bose sound system, and its sound insulation is amazing for its class. If you want a greener Sonata, this one is also available in hybrid and plug-in hybrid forms.

When your high school or college graduate hits the road in one of these grand Hyundai vehicles, you can be sure they’re driving off in safety in a reliable, dependable, and solid vehicle. For more information on these and other models great for graduates, contact Spokane Hyundai. Our team of educated vehicle professionals will happily help you find the ideal Hyundai for your graduate.

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