Tools for school have become more high-tech, not to mention more costly since I attended high school and college.
Today, there are 9.5 million young adult drivers on the road. Parents not only shop for pens, paper, notebooks, and backpacks, now they make a trip to their local car dealer.
When it comes to selection, safety and style rank high. Parents also consider such factors as cost, value, and fuel economy.
Kelley Blue Book (KBB.com), a well-known source for new and used car information, has come out with their choice of cars for student drivers to begin the new 2013-2014 school year. Something else parents will be glad to note-the price is right on most of the models, which start below $20,000.
Here are KBB.com’s top 10 recommendations:
2014 Fiat 500L
Aesthetic-wise, this is my favorite car. It’s cute and it even looks economical. The 500L makes for a roomier interior that can easily seat up to 5 passengers. Loading and unloading is a breeze with a hatchback and ample space in the back. The fuel economy isn’t bad either: 24 for the city; 33 highway, and 27 combined miles per gallon. I call it Euro elegance that handles well!
2013 Subaru Impreza
Versatility is the best feature of the Impreza. This Subaru boasts standard features such as Bluetooth and iPod controls, all-wheel drive, and cargo-hauling. Either a sedan or hatchback will appeal to practical students or those with busy lifestyles. The fuel economy is decent with a combined mpg of 30; 27 city and 36 highway.
2013 Toyota Prius c
If gas mileage is a priority, then this is your car! Zip around the city in this cute little baby and you’ll get a whopping 53 mpg! Tops in the car industry. Yes, it’s a hybrid that can possibly save you a bundle. Add to that the Toyota name and their years of manufacturing America’s favorite cars, and you are off to a great start for the school year. Cha-ching!
2013 Volkswagen Golf
The Volkswagen Golf is German engineering with an attitude that is gentle on the pockets. The entire car design, a sporty hatchback, fits a student’s lifestyle with ease. The fuel economy is average, with a combined mpg of 26.
2013 Kia Sportage
Though mileage isn’t one of this car’s attractions, being selected as a 2103 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick is one of the Sportage’s best features. A very comforting fact when your teen is behind the wheel. The price tag is parent-friendly, and so is the warranty, which is lengthy.
2013 Honda Civic
How amazing that you can still get this gem-of-a-car for under $20,000! I bought my daughter a Honda Civic back in 2004 for $18,000. Now, that’s value! Built to last, she drove it for years. Two-door coupe or 4-door sedan, you can’t go wrong with a Honda. The Civic gets good mileage, too at 28 city, 39 highway, and a combo mpg of 32.
2013 Mazda MAZDA3
Our number 4 car, the MAZDA3, has another distinction parents may find value-worthy. It has been featured on KKB.com’s list of 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000 every year of its existence. Plans are to introduce a new MAZDA3 in 2014, so finding a good deal on this 2013 model should be a breeze. Plus, the MAZDA3 gets a hefty 40 mpg on the highway. Time to ride!
2014 Chevrolet Sonic
First, let me welcome an American car to the list. And, I am happy it is a Chevy! Very popular back in the day! This Chevy is sharp and the hatchback design resembles the Volkswagen Golf. It’s compact and sporty. You can also get this little beauty in a sedan. There is so much to love about the Chevy Sonic. Let’s start with the fuel economy-between 37-40 mpg on the highway. Impressive. How about 10 airbags? And, are you ready for this? The cost is just below $15,000. Sweet!
2014 Ford Focus
Here’s another nod to American car manufacturing at its best. Because of its sleek design and contemporary appointed interior, the Ford Focus can easily stand proud next to its European counterparts. Its good looks, Euro-flavor, top safety ratings,and impressive fuel economy make the Ford Focus an all-around great car. Yoo-hoo for the US!
2014 Nissan Versa Note
Our A #1, list topper is a zippy compact that designers didn’t cut corners with its style or beauty, plus they added versatility to boot. The 2014 Nissan Versa Note features a new-tech interior, 40 mpg on the highway, 5-door hatchback styling, and a price that starts under $15,000. Did I hear the word s-a-v-i-n-g-s? Versa Note will look fabulous on a high school or college campus. Need I say more? It’s back to school in style!
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