Top 10 Best Back To School CarsAug 28th, 2017
It’s almost the most dreaded – or beloved – time of year for students and their parents; back to school time. That means legions of young drivers will soon be hitting the road in their new college towns, or cruising the neighbourhood with their friends as they finish out their last years of high school.
Having your own car when you head back to school means benefiting from the ultimate form of independence. When you have your own wheels, the world suddenly becomes more accessible – when you put it that way, cars are pretty similar to the results of a college education; they advocate for inclusiveness, openness, and welcome responsibility. Having your own car gives you the power to make your own choices, get to class on your own schedule, and allows you to change up your scenery on the weekends to explore your new backyard.
In this post, we’ll break down some traits of our top 10 best available back to school vehicles.
2016 Chevrolet Equinox LS
One of the most popular segments on the road today, a compact SUV crossover just oozes youthful exuberance. This premiere offering features the modern and tech-savvy Chevy MyLink system, a backup camera for parking at school, satellite radio, steering wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity, and an uber efficient 2.4L 4-cylinder engine developing 182 horsepower that’s good for a fuel-sipping 8.2L/100km.
It’s got all the room you’ll need to move your stuff to and from the dorm or rental property, it’ll get you to class, out for a weekend adventure, and back home for Thanksgiving all for under $23,000.00
2016 Chevrolet Malibu Limited LT
A super affordable and classic domestic sedan, this 2016 Malibu comes with a few advanced features that you’ll expect to find on more expensive vehicles. We’re talking about a sunroof, projector headlights, Chevy MyLink connectivity, backup camera, air conditioning, satellite radio, and a five star overall safety test rating. Powered by Chevy’s ubiquitous and reliable 2.5L 4-cylinder engine, the Malibu is an efficient, head-turning option for students not requiring the bulk of a larger vehicle.
2016 Jeep Cherokee North Edition
Coming to the table with legendary Jeep capability and rugged good looks, the Jeep Cherokee is a modern and unique SUV that’s all about capability and practicality, making it a great vehicle choice for students.
Thanks to its Selec-Terrain four-wheel-drive system, the Cherokee is perfect for getting around in any type of weather – meaning you have no excuse for not making it to school during a snowstorm. The North edition features satellite radio, air conditioning, alloy wheels and a 9-speed automatic transmission that helps keep fuel in the tank.
2016 Mitsubishi Outlander ES
Coming in hot at an unbelievable $21,987, this Outlander boasts heated seats, climate control, phone connectivity, LED headlights, and a super-efficient 2.4L engine delivering 166 horsepower and up to 8.1L/100km on the highway.
Perhaps its greatest trick, is the assurance and confidence you’ll feel driving when you’re backed by one of the best warranties in the business – Mitsu’s 10-year / 160,000 km powertrain warranty still covers this vehicle, so the modest price includes peace of mind.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ
With only 44k on the odometer and loads of top-of-the-line extras like navigation, sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity and a turbocharged 1.4L four-banger, the Cruze delivers nearly unparalleled fuel efficiency and maneuverability in tight spaces and urban centres.
But don’t let the compact size fool you – the Cruze offers up 425L of rear cargo space, meaning you can take all of your dirty laundry home for the long weekend and still have room for your homework – all for $17,887.00
2014 Chevrolet Orlando
Perfect for the student who needs a little extra room for gear and school supplies, the Orlando is a crossover vehicle with its roots in the hatchback/wagon segment of yesteryear. Its boxy roofline and longer wheelbase mean it can accommodate a serious cargo load, all the while offering a tight turning radius, perfect for urban and/or rural campuses.
$15,887 gets you alloy wheels, an immaculate interior, ample head/leg room and an automatic transmission with only 64k on the clock.
2014 Mitsubishi Mirage SE
If space-saving is your nature, and cost has you reconsidering if you need a car at all – the Mirage is literally the perfect car for you. The perfect student-carrier, the Mirage is as compact as they come, and offers one of the best fuel efficiency ratings on the automobile market today outside of the hybrid segment at a blistering 4.6L/100km highway thanks to its innovative and teeny-tiny 1.2L three-cylinder engine.
With Mitsubishi, you get the confidence and reliability the brand is associated with, as well as a fun manual transmission and urban-friendly front-wheel-drive. With 64,000k on the odometer and at a price tag of only $7,987 – you’ll be able to feed yourself all semester long.
2014 RAM 1500 4×2 Regular Cab
When a hatchback isn’t enough, the RAM has you covered. Perfect for students in environmental studies, forestry, horticulture, carpentry, boilermaker, or any other outdoor/manufacturing style of post-secondary program, a pickup like this one offers capability, practicality, and confidence. Classic tw0-door style and a loaded Hemi V8 under the hood capable of towing up to 8,100 pounds, means you also aren’t settling for the stereotypical student car. You’re welcome.
2012 Mitsubishi Lancer SE
Sporty looks and an intuitive handling feel make this stunner from Mitsubishi a worthy student car for its visual appeal and classic Mitsu reliability. With just 89,000k and priced at $14,787, the Lancer comes equipped with a sunroof, heated seats, air conditioning, CD player, steering wheel mounted controls, and a zippy 2.0L inline-four engine that produces a slick 148 horsepower, earning 5.8L/100km.
2010 Ford Focus SE
Finance this immaculate little Ford Focus for as low as $72 bi-weekly and benefit from the reliability and practicality of one of the most popular compact sedans in history. An efficient 2.0L four-cylinder engine produces 140 horsepower and returns fuel efficiency numbers of 5.6L/100km.
This model features air conditioning, AM/FM radio, heated seats, a CD player, steering wheel mounted controls and power everything. With only 72k, this is a perfect and cost-effective 4-door compact sedan that suits student life very well.
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