Top Vehicles For Students

 
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Fall is approaching and students are headed back to campus, and for some students that means purchasing a vehicle to either get to class, find their way to work, or be able to drive your friends around during some after school activities.

We took a look at cars with reputations for being reliable, safe on the road, and having a good amount of cargo space. Here is a list of the vehicles you may want to consider if you are a student!


VOLKSWAGEN JETTA

Volkswagen is known for their driving experience, and the Jetta is no exception, with trim levels for every need and price range. Entry level Trendline trim level makes for a great first car, while the Highline and GLI are better suited to those looking for luxury and performance. Due to the drop in Volkswagen’s MSRP in the last few years of about 30%, the Jetta is positioned a very affordable price while still providing practicality and quality.

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HYUNDAI ELANTRA

The Hyundai Elantra comes in both sedan and hatchback models and is a staple student vehicle. They have one of the longest warranty periods starting out at a 100,000km or 5-year full coverage and powertrain leaving years of added protection on used models. Along with the fantastic warranty Elantra’s are some of the best optioned out cars in their class adding to even more value for your money. The Elantra is affordable to service and maintain, making it ideal for a student budget.

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VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

The Volkswagen Golf is the classic hatchback. First introduced in 1974, it has become a staple in the market. Balancing an upscale style and performance with an affordable price tag, the Golf’s peppy turbo four cylinder engine is a blast to drive – especially when set to sport mode!. The Golf, especially the older diesel models, is also quite good on fuel. This is definitely a car to consider if you’re looking for a fun-to-drive hatchback!

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SUBARU IMPREZA

The versatile Subaru AWD system in this car will keep you driving confidently in our messy Canadian winters when you’re rushing through traffic to get to your morning class. The Impreza ticks every box as it’s reliable, fuel-efficient, and statistically one of the longest-lasting vehicles on the road. Many Subaru customers say that once you buy one you'll never go back to another manufacturer. Subarus are a bit more on the pricier side but it will last long after you’ve graduated.

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MAZDA CX-3

The longest running compact crossover on the market is the CX-3. They are offered with some of the best in-class safety features, like blind spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, and even comes with an all-wheel drive option making the CX-3 one of the most versatile cars available. Mazda provides above-average reliability, excellent fuel-efficiency, and an unlimited-kilometre warranty, while also being rated a top safety pick for many years. If you value a fun yet very fuel-efficient vehicle, then you need to test the Mazda CX-3.

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HONDA FIT

The Honda Fit is a subcompact car, meaning it’s ideal for college students when trying to find campus parking spots as it will manoeuvre into virtually any parking spot. On top of great parking, you get Honda reliability, affordability, and amazing fuel economy. The Fit is spacious on the inside so, despite its compact design, you can still put it to use on moving day all while easily parking on Halifax’s congested streets. The reliability and fuel economy also can’t be understated as Honda produces some of the best engines in the industry.  


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NISSAN VERSA NOTE

The Versa Note is another subcompact car and is quite similar to the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris. Its fuel efficiency will keep you driving around campus without having to fill up often. It’s not incredibly fast but it does make up for its performance in features and technology. It is well equipped and well priced, with better than average features for similar trims and models. This leads it to have a fantastic bang for your buck. While it might not be the fastest car out there it’s extremely affordable and you'll be able to parallel park it like a dream!

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SUBARU FORESTER

If you want to take to the road with confidence then an SUV could be your calling. The Subaru Forester boasts a high stance and, like the Impreza, comes with Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel drive system making it the perfect vehicle for battling Canadian winters. Whether it’s a road trip to the ski hill or the daily commute to class, the Forester is equipped to get the job done – regardless of the conditions.


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TOYOTA COROLLA

The Toyota Corolla is the classic college car. It checks off every box: small size, affordable price, amazing safety features, and unparalleled reliability. Newer models come loaded with Toyota’s Safety Sense package which features automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and more. It’s the perfect vehicle for someone who is looking to get where they are going without any added flair or extra costs. 

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HONDA CIVIC

The Civic has been the number one selling car in Atlantic Canada for almost 30 years. This is due to Honda’s reliability and superior drive quality. The design of the Civic is meant to give you the best driving experience with the interior screen and features all facing towards the driver. With a number of performance trims there is a Civic for everyone, especially students.

 
Trish Roberts