Best cars for back to school

Yes, it's time to think about fall and what the student in your life will be driving

Published: August 10, 2014, 11:00 PM
Updated: July 9, 2020, 5:56 PM

Affordable over-achiever, from $14,575 - Now in its third generation, the Fit upholds its tradition of quart-in-a-pint-pot ingenuity. Whether you’re on a modest budget or just want to minimize your footprint, the brilliant packaging of the Fit lets you downsize without sacrificing space and versatility.

As teens plan their return to education’s hallowed halls,Kelley Blue Book editors are submitting their best practical and affordable new vehicle purchase suggestions. And although all are priced under $20,000 U.S.,it doesn’t mean the style book goes out the window, as the top-10 list includes a hybrid, an SUV and an all-wheel-drive sport compact.

“Regardless of a student’s interests or style, there is astellar new-car option for them on our diverse 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for 2014,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's

Each of the recommended new cars starts below $20,000 in the U.S. according to KBB’s Fair Purchase Price, which is updated weekly and based on market conditions like vehicle availability, local demand and seasonal buying trends. 

“The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit came to the head of the class as our No. 1 Back-to-School Car this year with the most flexible interior you'll find in a subcompact car, boasting an affordable price while simultaneously offering the same sporty fun and refinement for which the Honda brand is well known,” says Nerad.

Others on the list, in order, are the Kia Soul, Nissan Versa Note (the lowest priced), Mazda3, Toyota Prius c, Honda Civic,Chevrolet Sonic, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, Volkswagen Golf, and Subaru Impreza.