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The high school Class of 2018 is just weeks away from their big day, and that marks the arrival of our annual list of best cars to give as a graduation gift.
Giving your graduating student a new vehicle is a timeless tradition, one that is passed down from generation to generation, and becomes a moment they will never forget. The vehicle will be their companion in the years to come, their summer road trip chariot, and will be an important part of their post-secondary/college experience. More importantly, it will be the vehicle that brings them back home to you on long weekends and holidays. You need to know that their car will be safe, dependable, and efficient, while suiting their unique personality. We know how important this decision is, which is why we have out together a list of Toyota vehicles you can trust to take care of your prized student.
3 New Toyota Vehicles to Give as a Gift to a Student from the High School Class of 2018
2018 Toyota Corolla
The Corolla is the world's most popular (and best selling) car, but does that mean your new grad will dig it as much as the rest of the global population?
For one, they'll be happy that this dependable vehicle doesn't look like a typical dependable vehicle. The 2018 Corolla is the sportiest version to date. The sleek shape is literally highlighted by LED Daytime Running Lights, and rear combination taillights with available LED backup lights. If your student likes something a bit edgier, you can opt for the available rear spoiler to boot. There are many colors to choose from, which will help you match the car to your grad's personality, from dynamic Barcelona Red Metallic to the unique and head turning Galactic Aqua Mica.
The new Corolla is also as online and connected as your modern student. Interior tech features standard smartphone connected Bluetooth, standard advanced voice recognition, a USB port, available Integrated Navigation, and an available high-resolution 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display that will help them keep track of their daily journey on the road. The available Smart Key System also opens their new world up to a roomy and convenient interior that offers 60/40 split rear seats that will allow them to swap out passengers for school bags and assorted gear with ease.
The time on the road is also enhanced, especially if you opt for the SE and XSE, which will provide your young yet responsible driver with performance-inspired touches such as steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters and a Sport Mode. This certainly isn't their grandparent's Corolla, although with standard with Toyota Safety Sense P and the Star Safety System, it certainly could qualify.
The 2018 Corolla starts at just $16,790.
2018 Yaris Hatchback
The updated Yaris may very well be the ultimate late-teen / new grad vehicle. This sporty hatchback has almost as much character as your spirited student, with available 16-inch machined alloy wheels and available LED Daytime Running Lights that feature a dynamic accent light bar. Color options are just as energetic, with popular (with the kids) colors including the likes of Ruby Flare Pearl and Blue Eclipse Metallic.
If the refreshed Yaris looks high-tech, that's because it darn well is. The 6.1-inch touch-screen display with a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity includes advanced voice recognition, music streaming, a standard backup camera, and available Connected Navigation.
The hatchback with available remote keyless entry is roomy and uber-convenient, featuring easy-reach cup holders, door pockets, a center storage cubby, and plenty of space for that stack of college/university school books and accompanying gadgets.
This is also one of the most cost-efficient cars on the current market, with an EPA estimate of 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway, and one of the safest compact cars around, thanks to the standard Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package. TSS includes Toyota's Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and more. The vehicle also boasts nine standard airbags, and Toyota's Star Safety System.
The 2018 Yaris Hatchback starts at just $15,490.
2018 Prius c
This generation cares about the environment more than any other, which is why any Prius by default makes immediate sense. But it's not just the eco-practical nature that makes the 2018 Prius c a perfect pick for your new grad.
The super sporty new look (including 15-inch alloy wheels) has redefined the aesthetic of the hybrid, forever changing past perceptions of this being a vehicle for "squares". Don't believe it? How does the color Tangerine Splash Pearl sound?
The flexible new 5-door design has a puzzling among of cargo space, and features 60/40 split fold-down rear seats. But the interior really is all about the tech. As one of the most technologically advanced rides on the market, your student will embrace the fun (yet convenient) stuff such as Bluetooth with streaming audio, while appreciating the tech options that intend to enhance their efficient driving experience. The energy monitor screen provides them with real time data, while the combined use of ECO and EV Mode will help them maximize fuel economy. The ECO Savings monitor will clarify the vehicle's fuel cost and mpg average, and them them know how much they (or you, as a their financier) are saving. And of course, like all of the vehicles on this top list, the Prius c also comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense and the Star Safety System, giving you as their parent complete peace of mind.
The 2018 Prius c starts at just $22,090.
Graduation day is coming soon, so be sure to schedule a test drive today.