NADAguides aid students in finding small, safe and inexpensive vehicles

Young people and students on budgets are looking for small, safe and not overly priced vehicles for school and work. The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ version was named as a top pick for students this year.

This is the time school is beginning for many students around the globe and amongst all the things on their “to buy” lists besides pencils, paper and notebooks, are automobiles.

Today, owning a vehicle is more than just a luxury to students, but almost a necessity to help them with transportation to high school and college campuses and to afterschool jobs. There are many choices of great economical and safe vehicles for students to choose from to purchase.

NADAguides has provided help to students in figuring out what to look for in a safe and inexpensive vehicle or; the perfect student car. These are the criterion NADAguides worked from: “The car had to have a sticker price under $17,500, get 25 miles per gallon combined in city and highway driving, have four-star ratings or above from the government and be a top safety pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. NADAguides required that the cars also meet its five-year total cost of ownership estimate.”

NADAguides had certain vehicles they suggested as well, both new and used cars. Some of these cars are listed below including their base price and average miles per gallon.

NADAguides recommend the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LS (starting sticker of $16,525 and averaging 31 mpg combined), 2011 Ford Fiesta Sedan S (starting sticker of $14,520 and averaging 32 mpg combined), 2011 Nissan Cube 1.8 S (starts at $17,100 and offers a combined gas mileage of 29), 2010 Kia Soul 5 (starting price of $14,974 and offers 28 mpg combined), 2010 Nissan Cube 1.8 S (starting price of $16,500 and offers 29 mpg combined) and the 2010 Toyota Corolla LE ($17,400 and offers 30 mpg). These are all great choices in small, compact, fuel efficient, safe and inexpensive choices for students on budgets.

Troy Snyder, the Director of Product Development at NADAguides stated, “This time of year parents and teenagers alike are anxiously researching the best vehicles for getting to and from school safely and economically. Our analysts have reviewed hundreds of thousands of data points to help narrow down the research process and provide parents with a range of vehicles that will make both parents and students happy and safe, all while not hitting the wallet too hard."

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