Taylor Stablein, 23, recently leased a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze from a dealership in Portland, Ore.
This was a change for Stablein, who didn't have a car in college.
Like other millennials that Automotive News talked to, getting a full-time job triggered her purchase.
And when she got an internship last summer, she decided to rely on Portland's public transportation system of buses and light rail, along with her bike, to get around, rather than go through the car-buying process.
"They have a really good public transportation system here," she noted.
Stablein said this system worked out fine, but after her internship led to a full-time job last month, she decided to get a car.
Her bike could only carry so much if she went grocery shopping and with her own car, she can drive out of town to go hiking whenever she wants and not rely on someone else's vehicle.
"It's definitely changed my mindset of being able to do things," Stablein said.
Despite now having a car, Stablein, who works at a market research firm, doesn't drive to her office.
"I actually do bike to work still," she said, adding that it's faster and cheaper since she doesn't have to pay for parking.