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Choosing an affordable car is an important decision for a financially conscious college student. Before the purchase, students can estimate costs for maintaining cars by projecting the expenses. This list of 10 affordable vehicles for students can help them make the right choice.

Nissan Versa

MSRP: $10,710

EPA Mileage: 29 MPG

Nissan Versa is a smart choice for the financially conscious student.  In spite of its small cost, it offers Vehicle Dynamic Control with Traction Control System, AM/FM/CD audio system, rear intermittent windshield wiper with washer, and auxiliary audio input jack.  This car is equipped with 3 type of transmission – manual, automatic, and continuously variable transmission.


Hyundai Accent

MSRP: $10,690

EPA Mileage: 31 MPG

The Hyundai Accent stands on the second position in our list. It is a perfect choice for a cost-conscious student. This car can definitely boast its sleek styling, affordability, a 10-year/100,000-mile drivetrain warranty, and a 5-year/ 60,000 – mile basic warranty. It is famous for its best-in-class standard fuel economy and power. The Hyundai Accent`s highway fuel economy of 40 mpg is an 18 percent improvement over its predecessor`s 34 mpg highway manual transmission fuel economy rating.

Chevrolet Aveo

MSRP: $12,685

EPA Mileage: 30 MPG

Chevrolet Aveo is equipped with a 5-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain coverage warranty and a 3-year/ 36,000 – mile limited coverage warranty. It is considered to be one of the most economical cars for students.

Smart ForTwo

MSRP: $12, 635

EPA Mileage: 36 MPG

The price tag makes this car perfect for a college student. It has a 2-year/24,000-mile limited warranty. The Smart ForTwo is a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-seater hatchback city car.


Toyota Yaris

MSRP: $13,335

EPA Mileage: 32 MPG

This car is affordable for a modern student. Toyota Yaris boasts of its beautiful styling, reliability, and affordability. It has a 3-year/36,000 basic warranty and a 5-year/60-mile powertrain coverage warranty. Petrol engines are equipped with a system of variable timing. Beside the basic 1.0-liter 65 hp plant, the Yaris is also powered by the new 1.3-liter 87 hp petrol engine and directly injected 1.4-liter 75 hp D-4D diesel.

Kia Rio

MSRP: $12,390

EPA Mileage: 31 MPG

This car comes with a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty and a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. It has attractive styling with well designed and maintained interiors. The body styling of Kia Rio includes five door and four door hatchback and sedan styles. It is outfitted with diesel as well as gasoline engines.

Suzuki SX4

MSRP: $14,094

EPA Mileage: 26 MPG

Technical characteristics of Suzuki SX4 provide confident traction and safety. With its modeling and choice of trim packages, it is a perfect car for college students. It has a 7-year/100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty and a 3-year/36,000 mile new vehicle limited warranty.

Kia Soul

MSRP: $13,995

EPA Mileage: 28 MPG

Kia Soul is an affordable car which offers a menu of customization options. It has a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty. This model is available within inline four holder cylinder gas engines. Base model has 1.6 liter producing 91 kW with manual transmission.

Kia Forte

MSRP: $14, 390

EPA Mileage: 29 MPG

Kia Forte is among the most fuel-efficient vehicles for students. It has a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000 mile limited basic warranty. This car is offered with a 1.8 L DOHC engine that produces 148 HP with total torsion of about 131 pound-feet. Kia Forte includes LED headlights, and tail lights as standard features.

Hyundai Elantra

MSRP: $14,865

EPA Mileage: 28 MPG

Hyundai Elantra is one of the most attractive cars for students. It offers a 10-year/100,000- mile drivetrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty.