Best back-to-school cars for 2017
Of all the things college students don’t need resting on their shoulders, it’s the stress of reliable transportation. Professors might be lenient the first time car troubles pops up as an excuse for missing an important deadline, but it’s unlikely to be continually accepted, even if it’s true. Every year, Kelley Blue Book creates a list of its 10 Best Back-To-School Cars, and the Nissan Versa Note has made the list for the third consecutive year. Today, we’re looking at what we consider some of your best back-to-school options for college cars in 2017, and what criteria KBB used to make its list.
What makes a good college car?
The perfect car for one person isn’t necessarily ideal for another. College students are thought to need something inexpensive, roomy and a bit stylish, while also offering impressive fuel economy. The thought is that you’ll be moving to and from campus between breaks, so you’ll need enough cargo space to pack up your life, you aren’t likely to have the cash-flow for something expensive, and you’re also looking to spend the least possible on gas. And style? Well, everyone deserves a little bit of street cred.
When it comes to new cars, it seems the 2017 Nissan Versa Note is an obvious choice, as the hatchback body style allows for extra room for you to pack up and go, and the $15,480 price tag is among the lowest available.
We would also consider the 2017 Nissan Versa sedan to be a top contender for those who have friends or family to help pack things up, as a starting MSRP of $11,990 allows it to compete against used car prices, but with all the reliability of a new car.
Though more expensive, you might also consider the 2017 Nissan Juke, Rogue Sport or Rogue as potential options. College life lasts just four years, but a car can last much longer. If you see it as an investment, you’ll be less likely to feel inclined to upgrade soon after graduation.
While we all want new, another safe bet every year is to check out Certified Pre-Owned models, as they come with impressive warranty terms, low mileage and an extensive inspection, while also having thousands of dollars shaved off the price.
Which car got you through college? Tell us about your experience with a comment here at the Glendale Nissan Blog.