The Best Used Cars for College Students

Whether commuting to campus or going shopping, a car makes life convenient for college students. However, many college students cannot afford a new car. There are several used car models that hold good value in terms of performance and reliability, even after a few years. Here we have listed the best used cars for college students.

2012 Nissan Altima

The 2012 Nissan Altima is a mid-size sedan with a sporty flair. Most college students are looking for cars that are stylish and fun-to-drive, and the Nissan Altima perfectly fits the bill. The car’s four-cylinder engine paired with a manual transmission offers good acceleration and fuel economy. 

Standard features list include air conditioning and power windows. The interior of the Altima features a well-designed dash and instrument panel. There is plenty of passenger space and adequate trunk space which can be extended by folding rear seats. 

2012 Nissan Cube

The 2012 Nissan Cube is a spacious little hatchback with an adventurously styled exterior. Some of the strengths of Nissan Cube are its metro friendliness, comfortable ride, reclining seats, a rearview camera and navigation system. Inside the cabin, you get a CD stereo, power accessories, cloth upholstery and a height-adjustable driver’s seat. 

The FWD Nissan Cube is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 122 horsepower and 127 lb.-ft. of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all models. In performance, the car can go from zero to 60 mph in 9.7 seconds, which is good for a subcompact car. The fuel economy stands at 27 MPG city/31 MPG highway. 

2017 Nissan Sentra

The 2017 Nissan Sentra is a compact sedan offering good passenger space in both seat rows. It is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine good for 130 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. The car offers three power modes: Normal, Eco and Sport modes, which allows you to match the power and performance of the engine as per your needs. The cabin has lots of room with a nicely furnished interior. The high roof of the Sentra ensures even a taller person can sit comfortably in the rear seat. Advanced safety equipment includes electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes and front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, as well as roof-mounted side-curtain airbags. 

2017 Ford Fiesta

The 2017 Ford Fiesta’s design is bold and spunky. The sedan has a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine making 120 horsepower and 112 lb-ft. of torque. Inside, the Fiesta comes with quality seat fabrics, soft-touch upper dash, a 6.5-inch touchscreen, and sync three system. It comes with standard safety features like front and side bags for the front seat occupants, rear side-curtain bags, and a driver knee airbag. 

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

The 2016 Chevrolet Sonic is a sedan with a passenger capacity of five. The turbocharged Sonic is fun to drive and with its manual transmission, the car offers a fuel economy of 26 MPG city/35 MPG highway. Every 2016 Sonic comes with standard features like stability control, anti-lock brakes and side-impact and side-curtain bags for the rear and front-seat occupants. Inside the cabin, you get well-laid-out controls and ample legroom and headroom for all passengers. 

One of the primary reasons to choose a used car is most of the first-year issues of the car have been fleshed out. The models that we have listed have higher ratings in safety, reliability and performance.