A traditional gift for a high school graduate can be as small as a watch or as big as a car. If you are able to afford a car for your graduate, AOL Autos has some great advice when shopping.
Avoid SUVs and small cars
"A higher center of mass in SUVs usually gives them unforgiving handling characteristics compared to passenger cars. Small cars should be avoided because they do not always provide the passengers the same protection that larger cars do, especially in collisions with other larger vehicles."
Steer clear of sports cars
"According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an insurance-industry affiliate, the statistics show that younger people are more likely to be in a speed-related crash in such vehicles."
Newer vehicles are generally better
"Newer models offer more safety features, plus they have better structural crash protection (i.e. the car will sacrifice itself for the driver, not the other way around). Newer cars are also less likely to suffer from stalling problems or other component failures that might cause a lack of control, especially for inexperienced drivers."
Based on this advice, check out these models:
Buy locally: O'Neill's Chevrolet Buick in Avon, Davidson Chevrolet in Collinsville, Carter Chevrolet of Manchester, or Gengras Chevrolet in East Hartford.
Buy locally: Bill Selig Ford in Windsor, Morande Ford in Berlin, Monaco Ford in Glastonbury, Crowley Ford Lincoln in Plainville, or Hoffman Ford Lincoln in East Hartford.
Buy locally: Hoffman Honda in Simsbury, Liberty Honda in Hartford, or Schaller Honda in New Britain.
Buy locally: Hoffman Toyota in Simsbury, Hartford Toyota Superstore in Hartford, Stephen Auto Mall in Bristol, or Stephen Toyota Scion in Bristol.
Buy locally: Hoffman Nissan in Simsbury, Harte Nissan in Hartford, or Crowley Nissan in Bristol.