Kelley Blue Book Ranks Best Cars for College Students

Kelley Blue Book recently created a list of the best cars for college students for 2023.

To narrow its list, KBB capped the price of candidates to $25,000, and also factored in cost of ownership, including fuel consumption and cost of maintenance, safety features and technology and practicality, the outlet said.

“There are so many variables to weigh in picking any car – let alone one for a college student – and sometimes the process can be truly overwhelming,” said Brian Moody, executive editor for Kelley Blue Book. “Usually purchase price is top-of-mind, so we started with a price ceiling of $25,000 for the new cars on this list, and then chose several used models at various price points for more budget-oriented shoppers. Other important factors to weigh include cost of ownership, safety, technology and practicality. While reduced inventories of new and used cars have presented challenges including stubbornly high prices and limited choices for some brands, we are seeing downward movement on the average prices for new cars, so there is hope. We recommend shoppers stay flexible, understanding they may need to make a few compromises on car color and content to secure the type of car they want.”

Kelley Blue Book Best Cars for College Students

  1. 2023 Toyota Corolla
  2. 2023 Honda Civic
  3. 2023 Hyundai Elantra
  4. 2023 Honda HR-V
  5. 2023 Mazda3
  6. 2023 Subaru Crosstrek
  7. 2023 Kia Seltos
  8. 2023 Hyundai Kona
  9. 2023 Nissan Sentra
  10. 2023 Kia Soul

Click here to see the full list, including the best used cars for college students.

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at

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