Parents and students often have differing opinions on what makes for the perfect back-to-school car. So building a list of the best options has a lot to do with who wins this argument in households across America. Kelley Blue Book is betting on the parents.
When it came to making their picks for the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2016, KBB looked at three top qualities: safety, practicality and affordability.
For instance, each of KBB.com’s new-car recommendations can be had for less than $20,000, using the company’s Fair Purchase Price.
But while parental concerns are paramount, KBB didn’t ignore the desires of student drivers when making their selections. Style was also a consideration.
Here, then are KBB’s top Back-to-School cars, with the Fair Purchase Price (FPP) for each:
- 2016 Honda Fit — $15,776
- 2016 Kia Soul — $15,701
- 2016 Honda Civic — $17,837
- 2016 Honda HR-V – $19,221
- 2016 Mazda Mazda3 — $17,448
- 2016 Nissan Versa Note — $13,691
- 2016 Subaru Impreza — $17,837
- 2016 Mazda CX-3 — $19,902
- 2016 Ford Fiesta — $13,889
- 2016 Chevrolet Spark — $12,544
You can find out more about the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2016 at www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-back-to-school-cars-2016/2100000911/.
We think that KBB did a fine job with this list. A few of the picks are quite stylish, and a couple are decent performers as well. A kid could do worse.