• Aug 29, 2006
Talk about tough standards. When Forbes compiled vehicles for its annual "Best Cars for College Students" list, they found only four vehicles qualified to meet its criteria of being affordable, safe, and reliable. Interestingly, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Camry, which they deemed the "standard" by which similar vehicles are measured, failed to make the list. According to Forbes, both did poorly on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) tests, with the Accord receiving the lowest rating of "poor" for rear-crash protection and the Camry receiving a "marginal" rating in the same test.

So who are the fortunate foursome? They are:
  • Chevrolet Cobalt - $13,590
  • Ford Escape - $19,780
  • Honda Civic - $14,560
  • Hyundai Sonata - $17,195
How each vehicle scored in the IIHS safety test, Consumer Reports, and J.D. Power can be found on each slide. What do you think? A+ to Forbes on their choices? Or back to school for them? Seems like no one at Forbes even considered keg capacity, the degree to which a car's stereo can annoy neighbors, or maximum number of friends that can be squeezed in for a trip to Windsor.

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[Source: Forbes]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      this is really easy:

      accents fits versas rios tc's...thats a real list
      • 8 Years Ago
      The best car for college is a free car, like the 1993 Honda Accord my grandma gave me.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My picks (if only suzuki and mazda would get going bringing these cars to north america):
      1. suzuki swift sport
      2. mazda 2 sport
      3. honda fit
      4. corolla xrs

      My realistic picks (damn you mazda, bring it here now!!):
      1. Mazda Protege5 (the mazda3 hatch is fat and ugly)
      2. Mazda5 (totally awesome)
      3. mazda3 sedan
      4. mazda mx-5
      5. mazda b4000 (gotta have a truck :P

      College students want cars that have at least a little bit of fun to them... why no mazda?

      A chevy cobalt? please, those things are so damn shitty it makes me sick. A huge improvement over the cavalier but the cav was pretty much the worst car on the road when it was around.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'd take a Nissan Versa or Honda Fit over any of those cars except the Civic. Another pointless list based solely on opinion. If we rated everything based on crash testing we'd all buy tanks.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about that Cobalt. It's being pick sort of kicks that old Honda Toyota are soooo wonderful theory in the ass, now don't it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      10. How about that Cobalt. It's being pick sort of kicks that old Honda Toyota are soooo wonderful theory in the ass, now don't it.

      hmm, no it doesn't, because Honda got picked too.
      sounds like someone needs to justify buying a crappy car?
      • 8 Years Ago
      1998-2001 Jeep Cherokee. Nuff said.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Audi A3. Double Best Pick.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Last time this subject came up there were at least 50 posts with kids bragging about how much nicer what daddy got them is. The kids entering college better beat their parents to the mailbox this month because, for the people that are actually paying for them, these are some decent picks in their respective price ranges (except for the escape).
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes, come to Windsor! We like to party and only 19 to drink!! Oh, and the ballet here removes tops and bottoms... You can also get a massage if you are really stressed after a long night of partying and gambling at the smoke free Casino and bars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Over in SW Ohio, college aged kids(25 and under, 25 being "avg" at the 2 year college I attended), do not drive sedans or SUV's.
      The Sonata is nice, but the 5 i had seen were driven by persons over 35 years of age, and most were instructors.
      The Escape? Yeah..... I can see that being in high demand by 18 year old college kids.
      Mazda3 is nice, but costs MORE than a Sonata! So.....and maybe did worse on crash tests, too.

      Surprised no tC on the list.
      It is 17,299 or so, with automatic. That is about 2K less than the Mazda3 I looked at, loaded about the same as the tC.

      Kids drive Cobalt(it's a farmer-country thing).
      I have seen some Civics, but nothing close to the new model.
      Lot of used.
      The young ladies seem to prefer the Cobalts, and a few guys do. Focus, have seen a few.
      Neons were popular 2 years ago(for some reason).
      Most kids think of "big' sedans = family rides.
      (unfortuantely).
      In my day, the bigger the car, the better(70's),
      and Sports Cars/



      • 8 Years Ago
      In my experience, driving in college involves less miles and more carrying. So I'm tempted to say that safety is less important (due to lower miles and the propensity of college students to ignore safety altogether). Whether it's a 4 seater or a 5 seater, eventually there are going to be seven people going for a ride in it!

      Cargo is important too; it's easy to move house several times during college.

      But parking is a huge factor too, so I'd say small hatches or the smallest SUVs are ideal. Something easy to repair body work on too. And make it stickshift, so fewer people ask to borrow it.
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