All students want to get to campus by car and not by public transportation.
This is like a dream, which is enticing many young people starting college and university student life. You can add to this list of opening your own startup and the first billion dollars on the day of your 30th birthday.
Then comes the understanding that life isn’t like that and student debt will not pay itself.
However, even having only a few thousand dollars, you can find a good used reliable vehicle. Now on the market, you can find a large number of dealers and private individuals who are selling used cars. They are all prepared to get rid of used cars with a good discount.
This is exactly what we need – a cheap and reliable used car for student with all safety features and low maintenance costs.
In our list, you will not find popular cars like Honda Civic, Ford Fusion and Toyota Camry. They are all very generic to appeal to anyone. We will concentrate on those cars that have everything needed for the modern student. In addition to the above attributes, they also need advanced electronic features, beautiful design, excellent crash rating, and a large interior to accommodate all your friends. Also in light of the trend of recent years, good fuel efficiency will also be a huge plus.
Here is our list of the best used cars for students:
2009-2013 Honda Fit
Price: from $5,900
Looking at the Honda Fit for the first time, you can hardly say that you can fit an entire party inside. The Fit’s interior is spacious, and if you fold down its rear seats, the cargo space will be similar to many reliable SUV’s.
The Fit also offers excellent fuel economy, comfort, and fun-to-drive handling. Despite the fact that maintenance costs are slightly higher than for other cars, you will be much less likely to visit service centres. Moreover, the Fit has all the connectivity including Bluetooth, USB ports and auxiliary ports which make it perfect for your everyday driving needs.
2010-2013 Kia Soul
Price: from $6,995
Even the visual appearance tells us that this car was created for students. The design stands out among other vehicles of the same category both inside and outside. What more could you ask of a “young soul”?
Maybe you could ask about the USB ports and satellite radio? These are already included in the basic specifications. Even so, this is just a nice bonus that is given to all Soul owners. We forgot to mention that this vehicle has a good crash rating and excellent fuel efficiency. However, Souls’ from 2012 have a more powerful 2.0-liter engine with the efficiency downgrade.
We firmly recommend you look to the second generation Kia Soul if you have extra money. The manufacturer took into account all the mistakes of the first generation. This vehicle will allow you to take your friends out for lunch in style.
2004-2008 Acura TSX
Price: from $5,495
The Acura TSX of the last decade didn’t have many features that we are accustomed to seeing in modern cars. However, vehicles such as the Acura TSX offer its owners heated leather seats and touchscreen controls.
You won’t find these things in cars within the same price range. The Acura TSX also includes features like the presence of Bluetooth and built-in navigation. Sounds like a luxury car, right?
The list of all the features the TSX has doesn’t end here. The vehicle is ready to offer its owners pure comfort. This is a real blow to the more expensive competitors.
For more demanding customers, the Acura TSX has an excellent crash rating and a fuel-efficient engine that allows you to cruise with reliability and comfort. You might wonder if there are any downsides? Yes, the trunk of the car is small and some owners have complained about the suspension that is somewhat harsh.
All in all, this vehicle is reliable for students who want a vehicle that will command attention and not hurt their bank.
2010-2013 Hyundai Accent
Price: from $4,450
If you are looking for a car that is simple to operate and is fuel efficient engine, the Accent is definitely your choice. The Accent’s primary focus is to transport students to and from home and school.
The car is comfortable enough to be driven even for the beginners. The benefits of this vehicle include small maintenance costs, good reliability, fuel efficiency, and simply put it is cost effective.
The Accent is perfect for students who don’t care about the look of their car but are more focused on getting a reliable car for a low cost.
2010-2014 Nissan Versa
Price: from $5,150
If you are concerned about fuel economy, then we firmly encourage you to look at the Nissan Versa. Thousands of Canadians love this small hatchback. It has also become one of the top choices for students in terms of a reliable car.
What does this car offer? You get a built-in FM/AM/CD system, power lock doors and windows, and fuel efficiency. You will also get Vehicle Dynamic Control with integrated Traction Control System and rear windshield wipers.
Finally, you can still find cars with an extended warranty of five years or 60,000 kilometers.
The Nissan Versa is a reliable car for students who want something appealing to show off but also won’t hurt the bank.
If for any reason this list hasn’t mentioned a car that deserves mention, we apologize in advance.
The market of used cars in Canada today is huge. It’s almost physically impossible to keep track of all the changes and proposals.
However, we would also like to mention such cars as the Kia Forte, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio, Chevrolet Aveo and Hyundai Elantra. All the above cars are also worth adding to your sheet if you want to have more choices.
We hope that shopping will be successful and you will be able to find a car that you can afford.