These options are affordable, practical and even fun
So you figured out which classes you need to take, the best places to check out on and off campus and even figured out how to make some extra money for those “necessities”. The only thing left now is figuring out the best car for your busy college life because no one wants to be cruising around in Grandma’s old Buick. Here are three great options that won’t break your budget.
The 2014 Kia Soul is a perennial favorite and a regular on most “Top 10” lists that involve both price and coolness. Recently done over and more refined than the previous model, the Soul starts at an MSRP of only $14,900 and is available in Base, Soul+ and Soul! models. There are two four-cylinder engines available, a 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter, with the latter producing 164 hp and 151 lb/ft of torque and achieving up to 31 mpg highway.
“The 2014 Kia Soul retains its hipster flavor and fun-to-drive hatchback nature while upgrading engine power, interior and ride quality,” according to Edmunds. The Soul also features a healthy list of standard and optional amenities, and there are plenty of accessories to help make the Soul as unique as you are. An excellent safety track record including a “Top Safety Pick” designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) doesn’t hurt, too.
Another great option is the Ford Fiesta, which starts at an MSRP of $14,100 and was named to the US News “Best Cars for the Money” list. But for those who have a little extra cash, it’s advisable to spring for the Fiesta ST model. This race inspired model comes standard with a sport tuned suspension, RECARO leather trimmed racing seats, unique design elements and at the heart of everything: a near 200 hp turbocharged 1.6-liter EcoBoost engine that still manages up to 35 mpg highway.
“Herein lies the most beautiful part about the Fiesta ST package: It hits a really sweet spot in the US market,” says Autoblog. “If you don’t really need the space of the somewhat larger B-segment hatches, you don’t have to get it. Save your money and have just as much fun in the Fiesta, if not more.”
If you’re looking for more choice, you’d be smart to take a look at the Chevrolet Sonic, available in both Sedan and Hatchback models, and starting at an MSRP of $14,170.
“It’s fun to drive and offers a surprising depth and breadth of features,” says Consumer Guide. Lackluster as-tested fuel economy is the only significant black mark on an otherwise excellent small car. Sonic merits serious consideration in a class that’s becoming ever more competitive.” Available in LS, LT and LTZ, you can equip the Sonic with perforated leather seating with heated front seats, voice recognition for your phone, 17-inch wheels and both Pandora Internet Radio and Stitcher Smartradio compatibility. There are two engine options available (a 1.8-liter four-cylinder and a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder) with fuel economy rated at up to 40 mpg highway.
Regardless of what kind of automobile you choose, we’re here to help you find the financing that fits your needs. Stop by today and let us help you get into the right model.
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