Kelley Blue Book has picked its 2011 Top 10 Back-to-School Cars list. See if your car made this year's list.
Kelley Blue Book has named its "top 10 back to school cars." Check out the selections, starting with five new cars and then five used, along with what their editors had to say about each.
No. 5: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze
"Want to impress your friends? The 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is nice enough inside that they might think you're borrowing your more sophisticated older brother's car. In addition to a well-appointed and quiet cabin, the Cruze can comfortably seat five and has a large trunk for books and gear."
No. 4: 2011 Fiat 500
"Affordable, adorable and easy on the gas, the retro-inspired Fiat 500 is a smart -- and surprisingly comfortable -- little commuter car."
No. 3: 2012 Ford Focus
"The 2012 Ford Focus is the kind of car young drivers love: It looks cool on the outside, modern on the inside, handles with more than a hint of sportiness and offers advanced audio and information technology."
No. 2: 2011 Honda Fit
"Playful and nimble in both its look and road manners, the 2011 Honda Fit is a wicked-smart choice for either the college-bound undergrad or his empty-nesting parents (or both)."
No. 1: 2012 Hyundai Accent
"Like its bigger brothers the Sonata and Elantra, the 2012 Hyundai Accent appeals to a finely-tuned sense of value, putting a lot of equipment into a stylish, roomy package that competes more than favorably with competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Mazda Mazda2 and Honda Fit."
No. 5: 2007 Nissan Sentra
"For the practical-minded pupils that just need a way to get around town, we recommend the compact, four-door 2007 Nissan Sentra. With seating for five friends, plenty of cargo room and a shift-less CVT transmission that helps it achieve up to 33 mpg on the highway."
No. 4: 2007 Ford F-150
"For parents who subscribe to a bigger-is-better safety philosophy, we present the 2007 Ford F-150. Beyond sheer size, the F-150 boasts five-star NHTSA front crash ratings, beefy good looks and all the practical hauling and towing abilities afforded by a proper pickup truck."
No. 3: 2007 Kia Sedona
"Students love minivans. No, wait, that's a lie. However, the 2007 Kia Sedona has a lot of things that a thinking student could get a healthy crush on. You mean like the looks? No. The Sedona is still pure minivan, inside and out. But think about it: Students are made out of 'stuff I gotta haul' and 'friends I gotta haul around.'"
No. 2: 2008 Chevrolet HHR
"Fond of sporting yesteryear's fashions ironically? Prove that you're not messing around by picking up some 1949-era sheet metal design in the form of the 21st-century 2008 Chevy HHR."
"The 2007 Suzuki SX4 is the least-expensive all-wheel-drive vehicle on the market, making it a smart choice for anyone who doesn't have a lot of money to burn but needs something that can take on the cruelest of winters. Plus Suzuki allows for its no-deductible, 100,000-mile, seven-year powertrain warranty to be transferred to subsequent owners."
No. 1: 2007 Suzuki SX4
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