10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2018

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10 Best Back-to-School Cars 2018

It's not always easy to get parents and students to agree, but this list of new cars can serve as common ground. When choosing these best back-to-school cars, we started by gathering a list of vehicles with a Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price of around $20,000, then we debated and researched our way to the 10 affordable but appealing entries that follow.

The Crosstrek brings together what people love about Subaru -- namely practicality, standard all-wheel drive, and a sense of adventure -- in a versatile, safe vehicle at an affordable price. Read more

The Honda HR-V has established itself as the benchmark in the burgeoning subcompact SUV market, and still holds its own in that increasingly competitive segment. Read more

Small in size but mighty in value, the Nissan Kicks is fuel-efficient, stylish and practical, with a surprisingly roomy, comfortable interior. Read more

Roomy, reliable and comfortable, the Toyota Corolla is a compact car that can be depended on as a teen driver gets into their twenties, and then some. Toyota has made standard an impressive suite of safety features that includes driver-assist features, adaptive cruise control, and automatic collision braking. Read more

Offered as a sedan or wagon, the recently redesigned Subaru Impreza remains the country’s most affordable all-wheel-drive vehicle. It also boasts strong resale value and proven reliability, making it a smart choice anywhere in the country, and especially compelling where winter weather is an issue. Read more

The Hyundai Kona is one of the newcomers to this list and arrives with a boatload of advanced safety equipment, intuitive connectivity features and a versatile interior. Read more

Sitting atop our list of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $20,000, with a choice of sedan or hatchback layouts, the Mazda3 is as gorgeous as it is fun to drive. Read more

The Honda Civic, our Compact Car Best Buy for 2018 and a repeat winner in that category, is a good first new car whether you're in school or making your way in the real world. Read more

The Kia Soul makes boxy look cool. Filled with features and lauded for its impressive value, this is a respectable small car that makes practicality fun. Read more

The Honda Fit has cool looks and an easy-to-reconfigure interior, matching a sporty attitude with excellent practicality. The Fit's combination of well-rounded versatility, proven value, famous reliability, and 5-star safety will make parents happy, while this Honda's fun-to-drive nature, standout style and incredible cargo flexibility appeals to students. Read more

 

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