Choosing a car for yourself - that's one thing. It's an important decision more than worthy of a few hours of research and rumination. But choosing a college car or a car for your teen driver - that's a far more important decision, because that car will transport your most precious possession. The decision on which vehicle is the right back-to-school car for young drivers is a critical one, and we at Kelley Blue Book's kept teen driving and student cars in mind when our experts put their heads together to compile this list. A smart college or high school car must be safe, affordable and versatile. It would also be nice if it were fuel-efficient, fun-to-drive and good-looking, too. Oh, and did we mention reliable and inexpensive to own? All these factors are rolled into the following list of the Top 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2011.

Whether you're shopping for a college car or something for the teen driver in your family, our annual list spotlights five new and five used vehicles because each has its own merits. The new cars are all available at a Fair Purchase Price under $18,000, while the used vehicles are all 2007 model year or newer with a Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value of less than $12,000 (with base-level equipment and average mileage).

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Recently, 3 Screen Productions and The Best Information TV produced a "Back to School" program that's currently airing on the Lifetime and Fox Business News channels. The program includes a segment on Kelley Blue Book's "Top 10 Back-to-School Cars" story with Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for, being interviewed about the best cars for college students and teen drivers. We invite you to watch the video.

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