Cars.comparison: Off-to-College Cars

With the start of a new school year, kids across America are packing their things to head back to their far-flung homes of learning. For students who are tired of relying on mom and dad to tow their possessions back and forth from college, we just reviewed three great subcompacts – the 2011 Ford Fiesta, 2010 Honda Fit and 2010 Scion xD – that they can use to drive themselves. Continuing reading our latest Cars.comparison to see which vehicle is best for you.

Cars.comparison: Off-to-College Cars




By Colin Bird | September 2, 2010 | Comments (8)



Hmmm this is interesting. 2010 and 2011 vehicles for college students? Like this is a reality for most parents. Maybe more for college grads getting their first real job. My son will still have his '95 Accord when he goes off to college two years from now...and that's if the college allows freshman to have cars. Good camparision though.


I am more and more thinking of Fit for myself. My son? How about 98 Protege?

I love small. practical, wagon style with good fuel economy but I also want a comfortable seat (Volvo seats, Volvo seats...).


I had a '96 Maxima in college and we beat the crap out of it. It was originally my dad's then mom's then sister's and now mine. At the time, I didn't know what maintenance was and didn't do any the whole time I was in college. Sadly, at 296k, the Maxima died, but had some good times in that car and it got me through college and my first job.


hm, it all depends on how hard working is the college student. I financed myself a brand new car when I started my college and about to pay it off when I grad.


My experience told me that best college students' cars are 10+old but reliable wagons. As students move alot, wagons help most. Once loading all my stuff in my wagon, traveled 3000+miles---a nostalgic experience.

Ford Owner

Personally, I would go for a mid-size car or preferably a small truck like a Ranger. I'm 17 and I will be starting college soon. The small sub-compact cars are a NIGHTMARE. There is very little cargo space and if you get into an accident...YOU ARE HISTORY. Sub-compact cars react just like beer cans in a crash. Not to mention, they are the most UNCOMFORTABLE junkers on the road. Drive a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo, and you will know why I say that. Even a Nissan Versa is more comfortable than that Isuzu.


Haahh! Going to college huh? Be sure and tell the rest of the folks there about your world views. Hah!

Maybe reading up on crash test ratings will "educate" you a little. Newer small cars do just fine in a crash. Maybe just try reading a little - it helps in college.


Crash test ratings simulate wrecks between equal size vehicles, not different size vehicles. Test results can be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

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