Preowned vehicles are go-to options for most college students. They’re affordable and many offer late-model features like enhanced safety technology and backup cameras, making them just as valuable as any brand-new car. If you’re a student trying to balance your tight budget with a monthly car payment, here are some great used cars to consider.
Young and head-turning, the Kia Soul was designed with younger drivers in mind. Luckily, it’s also an affordable model that won’t break the bank.
The 2016 Kia Soul offers a mix of features to please both students and parents. It has been rated as one of the best cars in its class, boasts high safety ratings, and offers plenty of cargo space for hauling dorm furniture and laundry back home. Best of all, its attractive interior is fresh and cool, fitting right in with the younger crowd.
One of the best vehicles if fuel economy is high on your list, the Honda Fit is a fun drive, but it doesn’t skimp on safety. In fact, it leads both the subcompact and hatchback packs for safety, fuel economy, and affordability. And with Honda’s so-called “Magic Seat,” you’ll enjoy an impressive amount of cargo space and flexibility.
The 2016 Honda Fit gets up to 33 miles per gallon in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. It boasts a smooth ride, responsive steering, and great suspension, so you can save on gas and enjoy the ride!
One of the most affordable crossovers on the market, the Ford Escape offers impressive technology and a roomy interior that’s perfect for driving off campus with friends. Both the 2015 and 2016 Ford Escape models get up to 32 mpg on the highway and can tow from 1,500 to 2,000 pounds.
If you want more vehicle for less money, splurge on a used Titanium model. The Ford Escape Titanium boasts strong engine performance and high fuel economy thanks to its turbocharged engine and other high-tech features. The 2016 model also introduces the Sync 3 infotainment system; models before that will offer the MyFord Touch.
The Prius has long been a favorite of budget-minded college students thanks to its outstanding fuel economy. The 2015 Prius can get a maximum 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway, and those numbers get even better if you opt for the 2016 version.
High-tech features on the 2015 Toyota Prius include a blind spot monitor, lane departure warning, auto-leveling headlights, brake assist, and integrated turn signal mirrors. The 2016 model is noticeably quieter but sacrifices some of the 2015’s backseat legroom. Either way, you’ll get a great car on the tightest budget.
Other honorable mentions include the Mazda3, the ever-popular Honda Civic, the Toyota RAV4, and the Hyundai Tucson. Stick with late-model options from 2014 and later to enjoy the best tech and safety features.
Have a better idea of which car you want to take to college? Stop by Randall Noe Used Car Supercenter to see what’s in store!