Off to College: 8 of the Best Used Cars to Get You There

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Off to College: 8 of the Best Used Cars for College Students

Are you ready to head off to college? You're going to need a reliable car to get you there. Here are a few of the best used cars for college students.

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Bringing a car to college is a luxury. Many schools don't allow students to cars during their freshmen year while others restrict vehicles throughout undergrad. 

If you've slipped past this major inconvenience, you're in luck. Choosing a reliable car to get you to school is the easy part. 

Safe, reliable cars don't have to cost a small fortune. Here's a list of the 8 best used cars for college students.

8. Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV with higher than average safety rankings. It's one of the pricier Hyundais available, but there are great deals available on used models. 

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson gets 23 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. This fuel mileage is standard for SUVs in its class.

This vehicle is great for college students who plan to haul their own stuff to college each year. The Tucson can hold sporting equipment and large boxes with ease given its 31 cubic feet of cargo space

7. Hyundai Santa Fe

The Santa Fe has been upgraded over the years to include a top-rated interior design. Choose the Santa Fe if you're looking to splurge on a car for college. 

It's best features include Apply CarPlay, Android Auto and a 7-inch entertainment screen to showcase both. The interior is quiet and comfortable making it perfect for long road trips. 

The older models still include great features like high safety and reliability ratings but with fewer premium tech features. The ease of tech can add to the safety of a car for newer drivers as it allows them to remain hands-free. 

6. Hyundai Ioniq

The Hyundai Ioniq is one of the brand's first hybrid vehicles. It comes in three hybrid variations including:

  • Plug-in hybrid
  • Gasoline/electric hybrid
  • California-only electric

The tech package on the Ioniq is comparable to the luxurious Santa Fe with Apple CarPlay and Andriod Auto included. With a 100,000 mile warranty and lifetime battery guarantee, this hybrid outranks other brands in its class. 

Confirm electric car hookups are available at your school before making a commitment. The Ioniq isn't the best value option if you can't use its hybrid features. 

5. Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantras offer the best value when it comes to compact cars. After 2018 the backseats were updated to be more spacious and the interior more stylish.

The Elantra is fuel efficient at 35 miles per gallon making it easy to maintain on the tightest budget. It's a practical car option for a student looking for reliable wheels to get from one place to the next without giving up style.

The tech options vary based on the year you buy, but most offer a well thought out technology package. A used Elantra is, by far, the most economical car you can buy with its features.

4. Hyundai Sonata

Larger than the Elantra, the Sonata is the luxury sedan of the Hyundai family. Driver-assist and premium tech are standard in the Sonata at a price that beats competitors. 

Highway Drive Assist is a feature available in select Sonatas. With this feature active, the car takes partial control of driving functions while on the road with minimal steering required.

This is a great solution for college students driving long distances over the holidays and school breaks. When drivers get fatigued during the drive, highway drive assist can ensure they still make it safely to their destination. 

3. Hyundai Veloster

One of the smallest Hyundai models, the Veloster is a budget-friendly beast. Its small two-door design doesn't take away from any cargo needs.

The rear door on the passenger side allows full access to the backseat. This coupe is fast with efficient mileage on both highway and city streets. 

It's not the top option if you have a history of speeding tickets, but it's a cost-efficient way to get ensure you have the easiest parking experiences wherever you go. 

Most importantly, the 2-door model discourages too many passengers at once. This means less dangerous distractions for the driver as friends are forced to seek out other ways to catch rides.

2. Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a top-rated subcompact SUV because of its turbo engine and all-wheel drive capabilities. It's less expensive than Tucson and Sonata but comes with similar tech packages and safety features.

The all-electric version gets up to 258 on one charge, but it's only available in select states. The powerful engine means fast acceleration while still offering top-notch handling. 

The interior is roomy but the overall compact size of the SUV still makes it ideal for tight parking spaces. 

1. Hyundai Accent

The Hyundai Accent never seems to disappoint. It consistently outranks competitors each year in safety, reliability, and value as the premier option for first-time car owners.

The automatic smartphone integration is a great option for college students looking for ways to drive hands free. The cheapest model available comes in a stick shift.

Best Used Cars for College Students

The best used cars for college students share reliability, safety, and a strong warranty. Hyundais offer a buffet of style and tech options at affordable prices.

First-time car buyers can choose from up to date safety features in used models as Hyundai has continued to rank high in reliability over the past decade. The model you choose should be based on your space needs and budget.

Schedule a test drive of the latest used models at your local Hyundai dealership. For more information on the best Hyundai models available, check our website for updates. 

Taylor Hyundai, Auto Dealers  New Cars, Augusta, GA