| Kidney Cars

Top Five Cars for College Students

August 09, 2018, 4:27pm EDT

best cars for college students

Traveling to and from work and coming home during breaks makes having a reliable car an essential for your college student. What kind of vehicle does make a good car for a college kid? We’d like to help take some of the guesswork out of that for you with our top picks. We considered factors like safety, size, gas mileage, reliability and affordability.


1. Mazda 3

Here’s a car that can give you more peace of mind, the Mazda 3 is very reliable. It is a Top Safety Pick Plus by the IIHS ratings. It gets from 28 to 31 miles per gallon depending on the powertrain options. It has plenty of room for luggage in it’s 12.4 cubic foot trunk and overall feels roomier when driving. (Priced from $18,000 to $24,000)


2. Hyundai Elantra

You get more bang for your buck with the Elantra. It’s very reliable and gets about 27 to 37 miles per gallon. It simply feels good inside and is fun to drive. (Priced from $16,000 to $22,000)


3. Toyota Corolla

Known for its affordability and functionality, the Corolla ranks quite a bit above average on Consumer Reports reliability spectrum. It boasts great fuel economy at 30 to 32 mpg and is another Top Safety Pick of the IIHS ratings. (Priced from $18,000 to $22,000)


4. Subaru Legacy

A superb looking car, the Legacy is comfortable and drives good. It has a 175 horsepower engine, all wheel drive and performs well even on rough terrain. Fuel efficiency is great at 26 to 36 miles per gallon. (Priced from $22,000 to $31,000)


5. Kia Forte

With features important to students like a USB port, auxiliary jack and access to Pandora radio services, the Forte is great for a college kid on the go. It gets 32 mpg combined and also boasts a large trunk space. (Priced from $16,000 to $21,000)


When it comes to the safety and dependability of your college student’s vehicle, you might want to purchase a reliable newer car instead of an old beater. When you’re ready to let go and donate your car to charity, consider making your car a Kidney Car.


  • Help improve lives and donate your vehicle today.

  • We accept vehicles even if they no longer are running, as long as they have a title.

  • There is no cost to you, simply call us at 800.488.CARS (2277) or complete our online form.

  • Then schedule a pick up time that fits your schedule. You can make a difference in the lives of millions with kidney disease.