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10 Best Cars for College Students

August 22, 2013

The summer is almost over and college kids are heading back to school this week. That's why Kelly Blue Book released a list of what they consider the top 10 cars for going back to school. Each of these vehicles comes in at less than $20,000 and earned high marks in safety and fuel efficiency.

Make sure to use the free CarWoo Deal Finder to get the best deals on these vehicles. Also be sure to check out the TrueCar Pre-Negotiated Prices to quickly compare real prices in your local region.

RankVehicleMSRP
12014 Nissan Versa Note$14,780
22014 Ford Focus$17,105
32014 Chevrolet Sonic$15,595
42013 Mazda Mazda3$20,795
52013 Honda Civic$18,955
62013 Kia Sportage$19,800
72013 Volkswagen Golf$18,890
82013 Toyota Prius c$19,875
92013 Subaru Impreza$18,665
102014 Fiat 500L$19,900

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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