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The Best Cars for College Students: 48K Reviews
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The Best Cars for College Students: 48K Reviews

Based on 48,382 Influenster Reviews

Not all college campuses are walkable and not all college towns have public transportation. Sometimes having a car to get from A to B is necessary as a college student. You might be taking classes in buildings located across town. For a long weekend, you might want to drive home to have your mom do all your laundry.

As a college student, taking care of your car isn't necessarily your first priority. You need something that's reliable, safe, and great on gas. Bonus if it has a roomy trunk for your dorm furniture and a great sound system. It should also look cool because hey, you're still in college and you don't want to be rolling around in something you're embarrassed by.

Here are Influensters' picks for the best cars for college students.

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Toyota Prius
BY TOYOTA
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars71%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars5%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star1%
4.6 / 5 (837 reviews)
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Heather D. said...
The last 3 cars I've owned have been Toyotas. I had my Camry for over 10 years, then a 4-Runner which was lots of fun, but not so great with gas mileage. I chose the Prius because I have to drive a lot for work. Even though I have a car payment and my 4-Runner was paid off, I spend about the same amount of money per month, because the Prius gets nearly 50mpg! I can seriously fill up my tank for $20 and drive it all week. It's amazing! It's just the right size, I love the layout, and it's lots of fun to drive. The only complaint I have is that there are some blind spots that I have to be careful with, and when I'm driving in parking lots, I have to go very slowly because no one can hear me. I have almost 100K miles on my 2012 Prius right now, and it has been my favorite car I have ever owned. I take it in once every 5K miles for an oil change, and besides some new tires and wiper blades, that's about all the maintenance it's required. My Prius has been the best car ever, and I would absolutely buy another one! ...read more
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Kia® Soul
BY KIA MOTORS
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars68%
  • 4 Stars19%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (723 reviews)
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Catherine H. said...
I cannot rave about this car enough! I received this car for my 16th birthday, and I've been driving it for 4 years and NEVER once have I had a problem. It's now 6 years old, and it drives like the day we drove it off the lot. It's extremely safe. One time I was rear ended, and while her car was totaled, my car only needed a new bumper and tag. The turning radius is AMAZING . The brakes and wheel are easy to maneuver making it a great car for anyone. The gas millage is great! I drive all the time and have to fill up at the maximum 2-4 times a month. The stereo system is awesome too! In addition, there is a TON of room. I've been in multiple people's cars who are much larger than mine, but no matter what seat you're sitting in there's an incredible amount of room. There aren't too many bells and whistles but just enough. Everything your car will have is totally usable and practical. If you don't believe me then take the car for a test drive, and you will be driving off the lot an owner ...read more
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Honda Civic Hybrid
BY HONDA
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star2%
4.6 / 5 (509 reviews)
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Elisabeth F.Elisabeth F. said...
The Honda Civic is my first car, I got it a year after I got my license and I am in love!! I'm only 17, so there are a lot of safety precautions my parents take with my driving. The Honda Civic Hybrid is a car we can all feel good about safety-wise. I feel very secure and comfortable while driving, and it's equipped with all the latest safety features. My dad is a huge car junkie and my mom a "Consumer Reports" addict, so they knew a lot about the safetly features of this car before purchasing it for me. They're opinion of this being a safe car is as good as gold. We even got a discount on our car insurance because of the cars safety features. It drives really smoothly and the spedometer is digitally displayed on the dashboard, which I love. It's easy to activate the fuel saving hybrid feature and drive the car to be as fuel efficient as possible. I don't have to spend a lot of money on gas thanks to this feature...which I'm absolutely obsessed with. Most importantly, however, I can comfortably pack all my friends (safely) in this eco-friendly car, and it has a great audio system we can jam out to. Cheers to the Honda Civic Hybrid!! ...read more
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Honda CR-V
BY HONDA
4.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars88%
  • 4 Stars12%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.9 / 5 (33 reviews)
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Judy S.Judy S. said...
the CR-V is the perfect vehicle for those looking for a car that can fit a LOT of stuff but also is still small enough to be reasonable for city driving and commuting. It has a huge amount of options including a full roof rack which is one of my favorite things about it. Rear view camera, running boards, and honestly you can find used ones in really great quality for not a huge amount of money. It's the kinda car that will last you several hundred thousand miles. I had a 1998 CR-V that went for 175,000 before someone else crashed into me and killed my poor sweet car. I recommend this car OFTEN to my friends talking about getting a small or mid-sized SUV. ...read more
Ford Fusion
BY FORD
4.6 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars72%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars4%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (25 reviews)
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Ashley M.Ashley M. said...
This is my first time owning a ford and so far my experience has been great. The Ford Fusion drives smoothly and the interior truly feels like a luxury car. The gas mileage is also very good which is important for me since I commute to school during the week. Great experience overall! ...read more
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Toyota Camry
BY TOYOTA
4.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars90%
  • 4 Stars10%
  • 3 Stars0%
  • 2 Stars0%
  • 1 Star0%
4.9 / 5 (30 reviews)
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Hope M.Hope M. said...
I really love my Toyota Camry. This car is very reliable! I love how long lasting yet comfortable it is! I use it every day. The customer service is on point! Overall, best car I have ever owned, and won't be looking for a new type anytime soon. Highly recommended. ...read more
Ford Focus
BY FORD
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars62%
  • 4 Stars17%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star8%
4.2 / 5 (24 reviews)
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Andrea P.Andrea P. said...
My first car (that was reliable) was a 2005 Ford Focus SE ZX4 and I loved it. It got me from CA to TX and back and all three way through my first 4 years of college with no mechanical problems whatsoever. ...read more

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