Even with so many choices on the new-car market, finding a good vehicle for a student can prove difficult. A great back-to-school car should be versatile — ready for moving boxes, midnight pizza runs, and tight parking. More importantly, it needs to be safe and budget-friendly.
For those fortunate enough to get a new car the obvious choices include small sedans, but buyers need not limit themselves to searching in just one segment. On this list, we included a wide range of competitive cars to represent the needs of different students. Parents can rest easy, as each car listed earned either 4 or 5 stars in recent government crash-test ratings.