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Best Back-To-School Cars for Students

August 3, 2018

Best Back-To-School Cars for StudentsIt’s almost that time of year again, back-to-school. Love it or hate it, when August rolls in there’s no hiding from the fact that the summer is almost over and soon students will be back in class. It’s also at this time of year when students, and parents of students, consider the transportation needs of getting to class, home, and back again.

Top 10 best cars for students going back-to-school

To help students and parents narrow down their choices, U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has announced their picks for the 2018 10 Best Back-to-School Cars. These are cars that KBB says are affordable (a plus for parents) but are also appealing to students.

However, safety is important too and, where applicable, we’ve identified the vehicles that have won a Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). These are designations awarded to vehicles based on how well occupants are protected in a crash. We’ve also identified which of the vehicles on the KBB list are recommended by Consumer Reports for their overall performance, reliability and safety.

Rank Vehicle

All model year 2018

Starting At Safety Notes
1 Honda Fit $15,490 Recommended by Consumer Reports
2 Kia Soul $20,095 Top Safety Pick+ (when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights)
Recommended by Consumer Reports
3 Honda Civic $16,790 N/A
4 Mazda Mazda3 $16,000 Top Safety Pick (when equipped with specific headlights)
Recommended by Consumer Reports
5 Hyundai Kona $20,999 N/A
6 Subaru Impreza $19,995 Top Safety Pick+ (when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights)
7 Toyota Corolla $16,790 Top Safety Pick
Recommended by Consumer Reports
8 Nissan Kicks $17,998 N/A
9 Honda HR-V $21,550 Recommended by Consumer Reports
10 Subaru Crosstrek $23,695 Top Safety Pick+ (when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights)
Recommended by Consumer Reports

Get an A+ on savings before school even starts

Before buying a new (or used) car for back-to-school, compare car insurance quotes first before signing on the dotted line and handing over the cash. The cost of car insurance varies considerably between vehicle make and insurer, and failing to compare rates could end up costing you hundreds of dollars more in insurance premiums. Don’t fail to save; compare auto insurance rates today at InsuranceHotline.com.

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  • coates@sympatico.ca

    The Fit is dated, poor fuel economy, vastly less efficient than the new Civic. A number of cars on your list are poorly rated by Consumer Reports. Not an impressive list.

  • David Brown

    what about Ford or GM 8 of 10 ARE NOT NORTH AMERICAN Way to promote buy domestic to save jobs and keep the dollars . I AM REMOVING INSURANCE HOT LINE from my e-mail list. As should all REAL Americans & Canadians!!

  • Varun

    I wish the comparative insurance was provided too. I traded in my Suzuki Sx4 for a Hyundai Tuscon and my insurance went down. Btw it is still lower than my Honda CRV.

  • InsuranceHotline

    Hello. We used information from U.S.-based Kelley Blue Book

  • Frank DE Clara

    sadly no such thing as all-american or foreign product anymore. Every vehicle is a hodgepodge of parts from different nations