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Graduating college is a huge accomplishment that should be celebrated with family, friends, food, adult beverages, and a car ready to take you on your next adventure. Now that you have that college degree under your belt, it's time to jet off into the world as a mature adult ready to attain those long-awaited career goals. A car is vital to getting where you need to go, whether it's across the state, or across the country. 

College kid or family man – shop for your next car on

We set out a few criteria for selection, and then let the Motor1 staff use their imaginations to find the perfect cars for college graduates. As the title indicates, we’re working with a budget of $10,000 or less, with the price based on Kelly Blue Book listings for cars in “very good” condition and with 100,000 miles on the clock (though many could be had with considerably less). All selections also had to be 10-years-old or newer, and with crash test ratings from IIHS of "acceptable" or better.

Scroll through the slidshow to see if we picked your favorite car. 

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