- We asked experts what the best cars were for millennials to buy.
- While millennials have expensive taste in rental vehicles, their buying habits are a little more pragmatic.
- Some of the best cars for millennials to buy include models from Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia.
Aside from the purchase of a home, a car is the most expensive item most people will buy.
For the youngest members of the millennial generation — the group between the ages of 22 and 38 in 2019 — the time to buy that first car has arrived. On the other hand, millennials born in the early 1980s might be buying a second or even a third car by now, and may be in a very different life stage than the younger members of the cohort.
So what’s the right ride for members of the millennial generation?
While many millennials may have expensive taste — their favorite cars to rent include Mustangs, Corvettes, and Cadillac SUVs, Avis Budget Group executive Beth Gibson told Business Insider — they’re a little more pragmatic when it comes to actually buying.
We checked in with Will Kaufman, an editor at Edmunds, and Michael Harley, the executive editor of Kelley Blue Book to see which cars they recommended for millennials.
Here are their top recommendations.
Best value — Kia Forte
“It’s hard to argue with Kia for value,” Will Kaufman from Edmunds told Business Insider. “You get a best-in-the-business powertrain warranty and more options than you can shake a stick at.”
The Forte gets good miles per gallon, it comes in four-door, coupe, and hatchback varieties, and it gets excellent safety ratings. The 2019 models underwent upgrades both to interior cabin features, like improved climate controls, and to exterior trim details. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $17,790, it’s hard to beat.
Best compact — Honda Civic
Despite being technically classified as an economy car – a nod towards it frugalness with fuel – the Honda Civic is very well appointed for its pricing,” Kelley Blue Book’s Michael Harley told Business Insider. “A long list of standard equipment ensures passengers are pampered, but the available innovative technology will keep technology-savvy millennials smiling on each trip.”
Best full-sized sedan — Toyota Camry
The Camry has long been a favorite vehicle of consumers ranging from families to single professionals to rental car companies. It makes a great car for the millennial buyer thanks to its reliability, low maintenance costs, and re-sale value.
And appropriately, as the first Camry was produced in 1982, this car is a millennial itself.