Top 5 Sports Cars for College Graduates

Breaking down the top five sports cars for college graduates, these vehicles may not excel at fuel economy, but they provide an enthusiastic driving experience at affordable prices.
Contributing Writer Derek Shum


1. Scion FR-S – The long awaited FR-S introduced in 2013 offers more than what the Scion TC has; more power, more responsive steering and high-end styling. Many experts have noted its comparison to the Nissan 240SX and the Mazda RX-7, the predecessor to the RX-8. Possessing an above average fuel economy among sports coupes, the 200-horsepower in the FR-S may be a turnoff for entry car enthusiasts. However, potential options may be added with additional pricing, topping around than $30,000.


2. Subaru Impreza WRX– The Subaru Impreza WRX may not be your average commute car as it boasts an aggressive styling, featuring relative appearances of aftermarket accessories even though the model itself comes in stock. Offering various models from the regular sedan to the famous WRX STI, the Impreza only has manual options available. The Impreza WRX features enhanced performance steering in between tight corners and delivers a powerful turbo that generates its output to 305-horsepower. In fact, the car can go from 0 to 60 mph in a scorching 4.5 seconds, 1.8 seconds behind the exotic Nissan GT-R. Of course, all of this comes in a below-average fuel economy of a combined 21-mpg in city and highway.


3. Golf GTI – One of the selling points about the Golf GTI is its interior space and utility functionality, something its competitors fails to excel at. Presenting both four-door and two-door options, the interiors are better than most of its competitors. Its fuel economy, although not as impressive as the Toyota Corolla, comes pretty close for a car that offers sporty performances.


4. Ford Mustang – Similar to its nemesis, the Chevrolet Camaro, the Mustang is one of the most popular cars among teenagers and college students. With an affordable MSRP of $22,510, college graduates should look no further for this car if they are looking at its base model’s 3.7-liter V6-cylinder engine. As generic as any other household brand name, the setback of the Mustang is that it appears ubiquitously everywhere in the United States. In fact, sometimes it fails to stand out among the crowd.


5. Dodge Challenger – Considered as a rehash of the classic retro style from the last few decades, the Challenger has more than 300-horsepower and features a V6-cylinder engine.  It offers more interior room than more of its competitors. The car also retains more than 50 percent its depreciating value. College graduates can look to regain its value if they choose for something more environmentally friendly in the future. However, the car suffers from poor fuel economy and presented blind spots in its rear windshield.