As millennials, we have an eye for style. We are ambitious, creative, unique, and hard working. And we hope for a car that can reflect this. Sadly, most of us are on a tight budget. Whether it is college debt or that you are currently at the bottom of a company, working to build your way up, most millennials are also notoriously thrifty. Luckily, style and substance can both be had on a millennial’s budget. Sure, you won’t be driving a Porsche to your internship, but the cars in this list are unmistakably cool with prices that won’t hurt your bank account where it hurts.
Sure, the name might not exactly conjure notions of cool, but the VW Golf can perform with the best of them. It is a compact hatchback, meaning it packs a lot of space into surprisingly tight quarters, and the 37 mpg city rating is certainly to die for. What’s more, despite its modest appearance, the Golf is an undeniably fun car to drive. Like a craft beer served in a mason jar, the most satisfying things in life often come in very modest packaging.
Approaching its fifth decade as one of America’s most popular sedans, the Civic is likely not a stranger to you. Your parents might have owned one. Your friends probably drive them. Perhaps your first car was a Civic, handed down from a family member. Despite its economical price, the Civic features a bold design, fitting of a luxury car, and these bold choices extend to the interior, sporting bluetooth, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist, among others. Sometimes the most popular things are popular for a reason. The Civic has certainly earned its place as an ideal car for millennials.
Although many a millennial might be hesitant to go with a larger car, the CX-3 (technically a crossover) offers so many brilliant features, that you might want to reconsider. As far as SUV’s go, this one is beautiful, a car that is sure to stand out from those of your colleagues. It handles swiftly and is powered by a 2 liter 4 cylinder engine and providing over 140 pounds of torque. For the more adventurous buyer, this car would be right at home on rougher terrains, and it does not even weigh 3,000 pounds. Yes it is a crossover, but there is so much more packed into the CX-3.
Chevrolet’s 2018 Cruze is truly a car for the modern age. It is both stylish and technologically connected, two features that any young adult would appreciate. Standard in this vehicle are a 4G LTE wi-fi hotspot in addition to Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and several other apps specific to this car. What’s more, the 40 mpg highway rating shows you that cutting edge technology doesn’t always have to come with a high price tag. The Chevrolet Cruze is not only the stylistic choice for millennials, but it is also the most practical.