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2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek

Subaru's new XV Crosstrek makes a fine companion for those setting out into the world. It features large cargo capacity for all one's possessions and the ability to carry mountain bikes, snowboards, and other outdoor equipment. Standard all-wheel-drive aids safety when the weather turns rough.

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2013 Scion FR-S

What better way of enticing a child to study hard then presenting one of the most popular new sport cars as a reward. The FR-S combines exceptional looks with finely-tuned handling and modern cabin electronics. It isn't too powerful for inexperienced drivers to handle, either, so you can rest easy letting your child fly off on his own.

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2013 Dodge Dart

The new Dart is a sensible economy car with nice styling. Unlike many other compact competitors, Dodge cut no corners in the suspension, making for good and safe handling. The available navigation system comes from Garmin. More importantly, you can bond over stories of your own first Dodge Dart in the 1960s or 70s.

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2013 Chevrolet Spark

There is no doubt that a new car is a lavish gift for graduating child, but it doesn't have to break the bank. Chevy's new Spark can be had for well under $15k and its economical engine won't make that child call home frequently for cash infusion just to buy gas. App integration includes an inexpensive navigation system.

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Sony MEX-GS600BT car stereo

When a new car is out of the question, you can help your young grad update their existing car with all the latest cabin electronics. This Sony head unit includes Bluetooth for hands-free phone calls, along with a variety of digital audio sources, doing away with the need to fumble around with CDs while driving.

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GoPro Hero3

One way to keep up with your child's exploits when she has left the nest is to follow her on social media. That child can record hours of scenic footage with the GoPro Hero3 while exploring America's highways and byways. It will be just like you are riding along with her.

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