2019’s Best Cars for College Students
1. Ford Fiesta
- MSRP: $17,810
- Discount: $1,064
- Lease Subvention Cash: $1,500
- Carvoy Price: $17,374
The Ford Fiesta is a compact fuel-efficient vehicle that has everything you need to get from point A to point B without any hassle. It’s available in a hatchback or four-door sedan. The hatchback is a good choice for the student who doesn’t need a ton of space.
You can even get the Fiesta with a manual transmission which is becoming more and rarer. The stock purchase is $14,000 and it ranges to $18,000 depending on your upgrades. The upgrades include a more powerful engine, more efficient breaks, and aluminum wheels.
The best part for college students is the $500 discount. College students and even recent graduates may be eligible for the discount, however, the offer is deliver-specific.
2. Kia Forte
- MSRP: $22,605
- Discount: $1,006
- Lease Subvention Cash: $3,820
- Carvoy Price: $17,779
One of the best bangs for your buck on this list is the Kia Forte. The standard package includes a rear-view monitor that helps you park hassle-free. It also is fully updated with Apple and Android capability. In regards to safety, the Forte includes lane-keep and forward collision avoidance assistance.
The 2018 model received a 5-star safety rating and the 2019 model is expected to achieve the same score. One of the best things to come with this already great deal is the 100,000 10-year limited warranty. The only downside is it’s slightly compact storage space, but for a college student who doesn’t necessarily need the extra space, Forte is a promising deal.
- MSRP: $38,065
- Discount: $94
- Lease Subvention Cash: $500
- Carvoy Price: $37,471
One of the more iconic vehicles out there for college students is the Jeep Wrangler. It’s rugged frame and classic frame structure makes for a unique experience that thrives off-road. However, it is significantly more expensive than the other models on the list. But, if it’s affordable, it’s a great car to solidify an iconic college experience.
The Jeep has a lot of upgrades available. From the standard Sport model, all the way up to the decked-out Rubicon which includes a full-blown Radio430N entertainment system and suped-up off-road capabilities.
- MSRP: $25,120
- Discount: $24
- Lease Subvention Cash: $720
- Carvoy Price: $24,424
The Mazda 3 is one of the more fuel-efficient cars on this list. The hatchback has a near 40 MPG fuel efficiency rating which is a huge money saver for students. Along with its efficiency, it also packs a touchscreen display that is fully updated with Android and Apple functionality.
For a car on the smaller end, it has some extensive safety features such as a rear-view camera and a front crash prevention system. The Mazda 3 is a versatile and efficient car that will be a great addition to any college students daily commute.
5. Toyota Yaris
- MSRP: $17,480
- Discount: $124
- Carvoy Price: $17,604
The next subcompact hatchback on the list is the Toyota Yaris. It’s one of the few cars still available in a manual transmission which is a favorite for certain drivers. The Yaris also comes with Toyota safety sense which aids drivers with lane departure alerts, automatic high beams, and collision deterrence. On the tech side, it’s steering wheel comes with entertainment controls and Bluetooth compatibility with Android and iPhone.
- MSRP: $26,045
- Discount: $194
- Lease Subvention Cash: $2,750
- Carvoy Price: $23,101
The Hyundai Tucson is a better option for the student who needs more space than average. And, of course, larger vehicle provides more safety for the driver because of its size. Safety features that are included, other than its size, are collision avoidance technology and a lane-keeping assistant.
It’s fully updated with the latest dashboard technology including a touch screen with voice activation features. The only downside here is the Tucson is not as fuel-efficient as the other vehicles on the list, but it makes up for this downside with additional safety features.
7. Honda CR-V
- MSRP: $29,695
- Discount: $756
- Carvoy Price: $28,939
This compact SUV is a sleek crossover that comes in five available trims, all of which have automatic transmissions. Similar to the Tucson, the size provides additional safety for new college drivers which is important for many parents.
Though it’s considered a family vehicle, the CR-V is helpful for students who carry a lot of cargo or friends; it can comfortably seat five, with plenty more room for luggage and equipment in the back. Plus, CR-V has an impressive safety lineup, including many features not found in comparably priced models, such as lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and lane-departure warnings. And its efficiency rating is surprisingly good for a crossover – north of 30 MPG on the highway, just a few ticks below the far smaller Honda Fit.
8. Toyota Prius
- MSRP: $27,992
- Discount: $359
- Carvoy Price: $27,633
Once the niche vehicle of choice for the environmentally conscious, the Prius is a small gas-electric hybrid sedans and hatchbacks. It’s the most affordable Prius model priced above $23,000 new, the family’s excellent fuel efficiency – up to 60 MPG – partially offsets the upfront cost.
The Prius family also has a slew of impressive safety features, including a blind spot monitor, rain-sensing windshield wipers, and an integrated backup camera. Keep in mind, however, that though the Prius lineage stretches back before the start of the millennium, older Priuses are not very plentiful and may have significant reliability issues.