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Jun 26, 2013 8:36PM
The best car for a college student is a 10-year old, used Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic with 150,000 miles on Odo. They are dirt cheap to buy, reliable, easy to fix and maintain. And for the college student with a bit more money, you can add some performance tuning, or car bling to make it stand out from the millions of other Toyotas and Hondas
Jul 5, 2013 12:48PM
Why do parents need to buy their "college" bound kiddies a new car at all?  What happened to them buying their own car?  An old klunker to get around in.  And why do they need a car at college?  They get on a greyhound, unload their junk, and start studying.  Nope.... they start driving around partying and getting drunk off their **** and making the monthly ride to the abortion and std clinic in their fine new car that mommy bought.  Then in three years when they have a 1.2 GPA, 13 earned credits, mostly rock climbing and human sexuality, and 250k in debt, they come home in their banged up worn out piece of junk "new" car and start begging for another new one to get them back and forth to their new job at the café latte shop.  And of course that you fix up the basement a little nicer.  Sorry I ran on there.  Make them grow up.
Jun 26, 2013 5:52AM
They lost me when they said 20k was cheap, the Scion TC was a true driver's car. Oh and the "VW Golf" pictured is a 30k Golf R  and the "Focus" a 25k Focus ST.
Jul 5, 2013 11:37AM
The best car for a freshman is shanks mare.  I never had a car until I had a bachelor's degree and a job.
Jul 5, 2013 4:02PM
When I went to college (in 1972) I had a 10 speed bike.  I lived about 7 miles from school and wore the tires out in the first few years.  My junior year I got a '59 Plymouth (fuel economy was not a factor at 25 cents a gallon).  My senior year I bought a 69 Toyota Corolla.  When my kids went to school they had used cars.  My son had nearly a full ride, so he got a newer car, but my daughter took my wife's old car and she (my wife) got a new one.  There is no reason for a kid to go to college with a new car.  I looked at this article to look for a new car for me.  I am now driving a 1991 Toyota Camry with 220,000 miles on it.  Of course I have the oldest car in the family. 
Jul 5, 2013 1:43PM

If I was the unlucky kid being sent off to college. And my parents gave me one of these, the first thing I'd think would be, "What did I do to deserve this kind of punishment?"


But, I had to pay for my own college and buy my own car, since my parents never helped me.


I agree with some of the others.....Since when is $20,000 for a car considered "cheap"?

Jul 5, 2013 12:37PM
DXZ8643 is spot on. "The best car for a college student is a 10-year old, used Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic...."
Jun 26, 2013 7:58AM
You simply cannot use the word "style" in the same sentence with the Scion XB, Nissan Cube, Chevy Spark, Toyota Yaris or VW Golf. Pushing it with a few others listed here too!
Jul 5, 2013 1:03PM

Why does a student need a car? Some campus won’t let a student have a car on campus. A car is not good for grades with all its distractions. If sunny boy has a car he will be asked to drive everyone else around for beer runs etc.  No wonder these kids get out of school owing so much

Jul 5, 2013 4:22PM
All I got was a 30 Day transit pass.  Why would a college freshman need a car?  They're supposed to be studying! 
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