What Are the Best Cars for New Graduates?

Graduation season is about to start, and what new graduate doesn’t need a new car?! From driving to interviews to starting a new job to moving across town or the country, new grads need reliable transportation. Yahoo Autos recently compiled a Best Cars for Recent Graduates list, and to no surprise, some Jim Shorkey cars made the cut! Check out what they had to say about each one.

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Used: 2012 Ford Fiesta

Another compact car that comes in both a sedan and a hatchback and is fun to drive is the Ford Fiesta. For 2015, a base Fiesta starts at $14,455, and can be priced up to the super sporty Fiesta ST for $21,435, Like the look but not the price? A 2012 Fiesta still can bring all of the fun but will set you back $5,000 to $6,000 less than a brand new version — although you won’t find a Fiesta ST older than 2014 because that was its first year of production.

 

Jim Shorkey New 2015 Kia Optima Pittsburgh North HuntingdonNew: 2015 Kia Opima

Used: 2011-2014 Kia Optima

If a midsize sedan is what you are seeking, look no further than the Kia Optima. For 2015, the Optima’s styling has held it’s own and is still as sleek, sophisticated, and sporty as the day it was first revealed in 2010. While a used 2011-2014 Optima can be found at discounts from the original MSRP, it’s probably a good idea to keep an eye on the 2015 model year which will soon be marked down to make way for the newly redesigned 2016 Kia Optima coming out later this year.

 

Jim Shorkey New 2015 Jeep Renegade Pittsburgh North HuntingdonNew: 2015 Jeep Renegade

Used: 2011-2013 Jeep Patriot

Looking for a modern looking SUV and the brand that epitomizes American off-road driving? For 2015, Jeep has introduced the five-seater Renegade. Starting at $17,995.00 for the front-wheel-drive version, the Renegade is a sophisticated new look for Jeep that compliments the elegant Grand Cherokee, but on a smaller scale. It even comes in the dirt-loving Trailhawk 4X4, starting at $25,995. The older, less well-liked Patriot will have more cargo room and can be found used for under $15,000, although Jeep quality has been iffy in the past; as with any used car, a thorough inspection is recommended.

 

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Jim Shorkey Brands Take Over Motor Trends’ Top 20 Selling SUVs List

The SUV isn’t exactly a hard sell. These road warriors are usually equipped with four-wheel drive for on- or off-road capabilities, and often include the towing capacity of a pickup truck with the passenger-carrying space of a minivan or large sedan. However, the current automotive market is saturated with SUVs, making your decision a little more difficult.

Motor Trend recently ranked the top selling SUVs, and one thing is for certain: People are buying Jim Shorkey brands. From the Jeep Cherokee to the Dodge Journey, check out which of our SUVs made the list and what Motor Trend has to say about them.

20. Jeep Patriot: 84,028

With a brand dedicated to SUVs, it’s no wonder Jeep has four models in the top 20. The Jeep Patriot is the least expensive way to get into a Jeep model. Two four-cylinder engines are offered: a 2.0-liter (158 hp, 141 lb-ft of torque) or a 2.4-liter (172 hp, 165 lb-ft). A five-speed manual is standard and a six-speed auto is available. Front-drive is standard, and two four-wheel-drive systems are available: Freedom Drive I and the off-road-oriented Freedom Drive II.

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19. Dodge Journey: 85,151

Although five-passenger seating is standard, the Dodge Journey is one of the most affordable crossovers available with a third row and seating for up to seven passengers. Powertrain offerings include a 2.4-liter (173 hp, 166 lb-ft) inline-four mated to a four-speed auto or 3.6-liter (283 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to a six-speed auto. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available.

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13. Ford Edge: 100,924

The Ford Edge sits between the compact Escape and three-row Explorer in the automaker’s lineup. Ford offers three engines. The base is a 3.5-liter (285 hp, 253 lb-ft) V-6, and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 and a 3.7-liter (305 hp, 280 lb-ft) V-6 are optional. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, with all-wheel drive available with the V-6 engines. The Edge’s advantage is much more interior volume than the smaller Escape, as well as the available V-6 engines.

9. Jeep Cherokee: 160,793

The all-new 2014 Jeep Cherokee effectively replaced the Liberty in the SUV-maker’s lineup. The Cherokee is available with a choice of a 2.4-liter (184 hp, 171 lb-ft) I-4 or 3.2-liter (271 hp, 239 lb-ft) V-6 and three four-wheel-drive systems, including Jeep Active Drive I, Jeep Active Drive II, and Jeep Active Drive Lock. A nine-speed automatic is the sole transmission. Despite controversial looks and an unconventional transverse powertrain, Jeep sold just 532 fewer Cherokee models than the traditional Wrangler.

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8. Jeep Wrangler: 161,325

The Jeep Wrangler could be considered the last hardcore off-road SUV left on the market, thanks to its body-on-frame construction and solid front and rear axles. Power comes from a 3.6-liter (285 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6 mated to either a six-speed manual or a five-speed automatic. And of course all Wranglers come with a standard four-wheel-drive system with a 2WD High, 4WD High, Neutral, and 4WD Low ranges. The Wrangler is the only choice for serious off-roaders.

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7. Jeep Grand Cherokee: 166,610

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the SUV brand’s most luxurious offering. And with the SRT model, it’s also the fastest and most powerful. Four engine options from mild to wild are available. The base engine is a 3.6-liter (290 hp, 260 lb-ft) V-6, and a 3.0-liter (240 hp, 420 lb-ft) EcoDiesel V-6 and a 5.7-liter (360 hp, 390 lb-ft) Hemi V-8 are optional. The SRT model is powered by a 6.4-liter (475 hp, 470 lb-ft) Hemi V-8. All engines are backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Grand Cherokee is available with rear-drive or all-wheel drive.

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6. Ford Explorer: 172,707

At one time the Ford Explorer was the best-selling SUV in the U.S. by a wide margin, selling more than double what it has sold this year. The Explorer is offered with two engine options, and the Explorer Sport is offered with a third, more powerful powerplant. The base engine in the Explorer is a 3.5-liter (290 hp, 255 lb-ft) V-6, and a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) EcoBoost I-4 is available. Front-drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available with the 3.5-liter. The Explorer Sport is powered by a 3.5-liter (365 hp, 350 lb-ft) EcoBoost V-6 and a standard all-wheel-drive system. All models feature a six-speed automatic. The Explorer seats seven passengers in three rows.

2. Ford Escape: 280,609

Since its last redesign, the Ford Escape has gained in popularity. With three engine choices and several trim levels, the Escape offers lots of choices for consumers. A 2.5-liter (168 hp, 170 lb-ft) is the base engine, and two EcoBoost engines are available: a 1.6-liter (178 hp, 184 lb-ft) I-4 and a 2.0-liter (240 hp, 270 lb-ft) I-4. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic. Front-drive is standard, and the EcoBoost engines are available with all-wheel drive.

Lights, Camera, Action! New Chrysler and Jeep Videos

Car shopping can be a long and laborious process that, frankly, many people do not have time for. Here at Jim Shorkey, we strive to make this process easier and more convenient. Recently, Rich Stevens, sales associate (and budding movie star!) at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Irwin, put together some videos to help you save time! Start your car shopping here with Jim Shorkey and check out the 2015 Chrysler 200, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and the 2014 Jeep Patriot videos from the comfort of your living room. Then stop by the store and let Rich know which vehicle you want to test drive!