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10 Best Cars for College Students

August 30, 2012

It's that time of year when students are heading to college. With money tight and gas being expensive, their car needs to be fuel efficient, safe, and inexpensive.

Based on these factors, CarsDirect this week released their list of the top 10 Best Values for College Students.

As always, I recommend you use the CarWoo Deal Finder to get the most savings when shopping for these vehicles.

RankVehicleNotes
12012 Volkswagen JettaGreat styling and comfort. TDI gets high mpg
22012 Nissan VersaThe least expensive new car on the market
32012 Toyota YarisThe least expensive Toyota offering.
42012 Kia SoulA fine vehicle with youth-friendly features
52013 Chevrolet SparkTop pick among a new generation of "micro" cars
62012 Ford FocusUp to 40 mpg with high-tech interior
72012 Hyundai VelosterFun to drive, gets up to 40 mpg
82012 Chevrolet SonicClass-leading horsepower with improved reliability
92012 Kia FortePacked with features for a low price
102012 Hyundai AccentGood fuel economy and solid car

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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