10 best cars for students
Back to school period is full and brings its share of emotions and memories. As a car enthusiast since my early days in high school, I have had the opportunity to drive, own, love and hate various vehicles of different makes and models. Therefore, I present my top 10 of the best cars for students. Whether it’s affordability, reliability, or impressive features, those vehicles made it to the list and caught my eye. Also, I would recommend them to a family member or close friend without any hesitation.
Since most students cannot afford a new vehicle due to its high price, this list mainly includes used vehicles. Therefore, I strongly recommend a full inspection before purchase to avoid any unpleasant surprises.
10. Volkswagen Jetta
Equipped with the extremely reliable 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, the volkswagen jetta it’s stylish, roomy and fun to drive. The most affordable vehicle in the VW lineup, this sedan will be perfectly suited for any summer road trip and everyday school. Several other engine options are available, however, the 2.0-liter equipped models are usually the most affordable.
A replacement for the Protected, the Mazda3 it quickly established itself as a great car that’s fun to drive and affordable, whether new or used. Some older generations faced major rust issues, watch out.
8. Kia Rio
Thanks to its original design and great fuel efficiency, the Kia Rio it’s a functional vehicle that packs a lot of punch and style. Naturally, the newer models are better equipped and more reliable.
A vibrant symbol of reliability, the Toyota Corolla it’s a real performer offering amazing fuel efficiency and low-cost repairs. Sportier than ever in its 2014 edition, Corolla is one of the safest bets when it comes to uncompromising reliability.
6 nissan vice versa
Look for the hatchback version which is much more functional than the sedan. Thanks to its popular CVT transmission, the nissan versa it provides great fuel economy and has one of the most spacious cabins in its class.
The smallest car in the range, the nissan micra it made it into the top 10 best student cars thanks to its ridiculous price (starting at $9,998), funky styling, and compact size.
4 sling fit
Powered by a nimble and efficient 4-cylinder engine, the sling fit It perfectly reflects its manufacturer’s motto: It’s a small car with a lot of strength and improved reliability. A great advantage: the magic seat that greatly improves the storage possibilities.
Rated Top Safety Pick by the IIHStea hyundai elantra it’s roomy, fuel-efficient, and more reliable than ever, making it an easy pick for my top 10 student cars list.
First it was the Tercel, then the Echo, and now the Toyota Yaris. Powered by one of Toyota’s most fuel-efficient engines and technologies, the Yaris is one of the best examples of Japanese reliability and also one of the strongest vehicles in its class.
1 Honda Civic
My first car as a student, like so many other teenagers, the Honda Civic is the perfect example of what a student car should be. It’s nimble, fun to drive, fuel efficient and incredibly cheap to repair thanks to the huge popularity it’s gained over the last 25 years. Some used and even new models sell for a lower price than the Fit even though the vehicle is slightly larger, making it one of the more attractive options for those who spend more time on the road.