The start of the new school year is about a month away and it’s time for parents to start thinking about reliable transportation, and Kelly Blue Book is helping out again with its list of 10 Best Back to School cars, topped again by the Honda Fit.
“Every parent believes that a good back-to-school car is practical, functional, safe and affordable, and every student believes it’s far more important to have something fun and stylish,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. “The 2015 Honda Fit came to the head of the class once again as our No. 1 Back-to-School Car. The Fit might just be the most versatile vehicle on this list, able to carry as much gear as a small crossover, yet boasting a much smaller footprint and better fuel economy.”
All the cars on the U.S. based list slot in at a buy-in of about $20,000 and cover a range of bodystyles, including a utility vehicle, pickup and even an entry-level luxury car, with the key element being that all vehicles on the list are viewed as style leaders.
The Fit was not the only Honda product on the list, with the HR-V compact crossover making the list at number four, behind the second-place Kia Soul and the Mazda3.
The inclusion of HR-V is notable because the new model doesn’t address the reliability aspect of the list, which is also a reason for the surprise inclusion of the Scion iM (although it’s basically the latest version of the European Corolla hatchback that has been in the market for many years). Other surprises include the Chevrolet Colorado pickup (strictly for its bodystyle, relative size on this list, and fuel economy) and the Mini Cooper hardtop (for its starting price, which is the priciest of the ten).
The Subaru Impreza might also be looked at as an anomaly for its pricy buy-in but it adds the reliability of all-wheel drive, which parents would place premium importance on for their children who attend schools in snow-belt areas.
Besides the Fit and Soul, others that made the list and were expected to do so were the Ford Fiesta (the lowest priced of the bunch) and the Nissan Versa Note.
The KBB.com 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2015 are (in order, with Canadian base prices):
- 2015 Honda Fit ($14,575)
- 2015 Kia Soul ($16,995)
- 2015 Mazda3 ($15,995)
- 2016 Honda HR-V ($20,690)
- 2015 Nissan Versa Note ($14,298)
- 2016 Scion iM (est. $19,000)
- 2015 Chevrolet Colorado ($21,695)
- 2016 Ford Fiesta ($11,213 – 2015MY)
- 2015 Subaru Impreza ($19,995)
- 2015 Mini Hardtop 2 Door ($20,990)