Most of us have fond memories of our first cars. More likely than not that car was less than glamorous. In a lot of cases our first vehicle may have been a piece of junk, albeit an inexpensive piece of junk. It may have been second hand, rusty, and the doors may not have closed properly. But regardless of how cool or stylish our first car was, we still loved owning it and got many hours of enjoyment out of driving it. Really, there’s no car like the first one we own. So, as young people everywhere contemplate buying their very first car, we take a look at the 10 best first cars for students or young professionals embarking on their career and for whom money is tight.
10. Volvo S60
There’s a reason why Volvos have earned a reputation as the car driven by old hippies: they last for friggin’ ever. Volvos are one of the safest and most reliable cars on the road, making them ideal for teenagers and young adults. We especially like the S60, with the models made in the 2000s — particularly between 2004-2007 — being especially great choices. And while a new Volvo will set you back quite a bit of money, an older model with 80,000 plus miles on it can be had for under $5,000. A good rule of thumb is to look for a Volvo that is 8 to 10 years old. We know that age might turn some people off, but trust us, a 10-year-old Volvo is usually safer and more reliable than newer models from most other manufacturers. Many models are available in a turbocharged version too!