2015 Nissan Micra
Base price: $9,998
Why we like it: Canada’s cheapest new car has just landed in dealer showrooms and it’s no-frills transportation for any graduate with hefty school debts. Bonus: Nissan offers a special purchase plan for new grads.
2014 Fiat 500
Base price: $13,495
Why we like it: It’s fun, funky and fashionable. You can grow up later.
2014 Hyundai Veloster
Base price: $19,849
Why we like it: Any hard-bargaining business grad should be able to get a deal on this youthful and uniquely stylish sports car – which dealers need to clear out for the 2015 model.
2014 Toyota Prius c
Base price: $20,440
Why we like it: The baby of the Prius hybrid family, this tiny city car is a fabulous fuel miser. Grads will appreciate the gas savings.
Base price: From $10.25/hour and $89/day
Why we like it: In lieu of carrying costs – insurance, maintenance, etc. – gas, insurance and 200 km per day are included.