Kelley Blue Book announces best cars for teens and college students

As consumers gear up for the back-to-school season, Kelley Blue Book U.S. has released their list of the best cars for teens and college students. For teens they recommend the 2017 Toyota RAV4, 2018 Kia Soul, 2014 Honda Accord and 2006 Honda Civic, depending on budget.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla topped Kelley Blue Book’s list of best new cars or SUVs for college students. When it comes to used vehicles, they recommend the Toyota Camry model years 2015-2017 or 2012 – 2014 for college students, depending on budget.

According to Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book, the company “sorted through the hundreds of different models out there to come up with lists of the best vehicles for student drivers, keeping things like safety, fuel economy, value and more at the top of their minds.”

As part of the back-to-school kick-off, Kelley Blue Book and CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) are once again collaborating with Cox Communications to support nonprofit organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs. Now through August 31st, consumers with a vehicle they no longer need can choose to donate it. Almost any type of vehicle is accepted. During the month of August, Kelley Blue Book will donate $100 for every vehicle donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, up to 100 vehicles, which will raise an additional $10,000.

Since 2003, Cox Communications has contributed over $33 million in cash and in-kind support to Boys & Girls Club of America, and since 2017 Kelley Blue Book and CARS have raised $3.91 million for 1,000 different nonprofits.


Back-to-School 2021:
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Used Cars for Teens

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $20,000
2017 Toyota RAV4
2018 Mazda CX-5
2017 Honda CR-V
2020 Toyota Corolla
2019 Mazda Mazda3
2017 Honda Accord
2019 Subaru Crosstrek
2019 Toyota Prius
2018 Kia Sportage
2018 Honda Civic
2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $15,000
2018 Kia Soul
2018 Toyota Corolla
2018 Mazda Mazda3
2013 Honda CR-V
2016 Mazda CX-5
2015 Toyota Prius

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $10,000
2014 Honda Accord
2015 Toyota Camry
2014 Mazda Mazda3
2014 Toyota Corolla
2015 Honda Civic
2009 Toyota RAV4
2011 Honda Element
2009 Toyota Avalon

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $5,000
2006 Honda Civic
2007 Toyota Corolla
2005 Toyota Avalon
2005 Honda Pilot
2004 Toyota Prius
2001 Toyota Highlander

 


Back-to-School 2021:
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Cars for College Students

Best New Cars and SUVs for College Students
2021 Toyota Corolla
2021 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Honda Civic
2021 Mazda Mazda3
2021 Subaru Crosstrek
2021 Kia Seltos
2021 Hyundai Kona
2021 Honda HR-V
2021 Nissan Sentra
2021 Kia Soul

Best Used Cars and SUVs for College Students Under $20,000
2015 – 2017 Toyota Camry
2015 – 2017 Honda Accord
2017 – 2018 Toyota Corolla
2015 – 2018 Mazda CX-5
2016 – 2017 Toyota Prius
2014 – 2016 Toyota RAV4
2015 – 2016 Honda CR-V
2016 – 2018 Subaru Crosstrek
2016 – 2018 Mazda Mazda3
2017 – 2019 Honda Civic
2017 – 2019 Kia Soul
2015 – 2019 Honda Fit

Best Used Cars and SUVs for College Students Under $15,000
2012 – 2014 Toyota Camry
2007 – 2013 Honda CR-V
2011 – 2014 Honda Accord
2011 – 2014 Toyota Corolla
2013 – 2015 Honda Civic
2009 – 2012 Toyota RAV4

 


Courtesy of Kelley Blue Book

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