The 5 Best Cars for College Students
Going to college is a big milestone in your life and the perfect time to buy a vehicle. A car is not only about comfort but also convenience and safety while commuting. Whether you live on campus or have a job far off-campus, you need a ride to make your life simple. But, you should also consider your budget and needs when choosing a car. Thankfully, there are many options to make your selection easier.
1. Toyota Prius
With its excellent fuel-efficiency, the Toyota Prius is a favorite hybrid vehicle for college students. Without worrying about gas bills, you can enjoy the perks of its comfortable interior, safety features and huge cargo space in this vehicle. The front-wheel-drive variants come with a fuel economy of 50 mpg on the highway and 54 mpg in the city.
The Prius comes with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine running on two electric motors to produce 121 horsepower. In the high-end models, you’ll get additional features like heated front seats as well.
2. Toyota Corolla
If safety is the top priority for you, the Toyota Corolla checks all the right boxes with its standard features. It comes with forward collision warning, lane departure warning with lane keeping, automatic braking with pedestrian detection.
The new 2020 Corolla starts at just $19,500. It ranks above average in reliability according to Consumer Reports. The trunk offers 13 cubic feet of space to accommodate your gear. The Toyota Corolla has an impressive fuel economy, getting up to 38 MPG on the highway.
3. Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry offers all that you need for a comfortable campus life, thanks to its safety features and fuel efficiency. You can expect an excellent fuel efficiency — up to 41 MPG on the highway and 29 MPG in the city. The 2020 Toyota Camry starts at $24,095.
4. Chevrolet Cruze
At a starting price well below $20,000, some models from the Cruze lineup are simply irresistible. The vehicle comes with a touchscreen infotainment system, backup camera and Bluetooth connectivity as standard features. To accommodate your college gear, it has 14.8 cubic feet of space in the trunk and folding rear seats.
The hatchback version offers over 42 cubic feet of space with the seats folded down. The Chevrolet Cruze is fuel-efficient, getting a combined 37 MPG in the hatchback version and 38 MPG in the sedan version.
5. Mazda Mazda3
At an affordable price of $21,000, the Mazda3 is the perfect combination of performance and style. It offers excellent safety and fuel economy that you need as a college student. The 2019 Mazda 3 has superior handling and steering backed by strong brakes and is powered by a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 186 horsepower.
In the high-end models of Mazda3, you will get excellent tech and safety features including Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and blind spot monitoring.
When selecting any of these cars for college, consider your budget and do your research before making a decision.