School will be in session shortly and for parents looking for the smartest vehicle choices for their teen drivers, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) has just come out with its list of the 10 Best 2012 cars for back to school.
The KBB list of standout back-to-school cars are affordable for students, with most coming in at under $16,000. They’re also easy on gas, are reliable and fun-to-drive, look good and have great safety features.
3. 2012 Chevrolet Sonic – An all-new entry, the subcompact 2012 Chevrolet Sonic, available in hatchback and sedan models, offers sporty designs, cool colors, lots of interior space, is easy-to-drive and good on fuel economy. Pricing begins at $15,560.
6. 2012 Mazda Mazda3 – In either hatchback or sedan models, the 2012 Mazda Mazda3 offers back-to-school drivers all of the automaker’s “zoom-zoom” characteristics along with great safety features and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.
7. 2012– KBB editors call it “savvy, sassy, and doing its best to stay adorable,” but the real compelling reason to choose the 2012 Fiat 500 is easy to navigate crowded city streets and park in tight spaces. Base price is a bit higher than the others on the back-to-school list at around $20,000, but you get what you pay for here, including lots of European sensibilities.
perfectly European and the interior cabin is nicely equipped. Base MSRP is $16,285, but KBB’s fair purchase price is around $15,135.
9. 2012– Nine airbags are standard in this car-pool standout that achieves 30 mpg city, 38/35 mpg highway (manual/automatic).The versatile five-passenger hatchback is priced from $15,900.
comes with creature comforts and such “unexpected” amenities as an auxiliary audio jack for portable music players.