With carmakers getting more into the low cost vehicle market than ever before, college students don't have to limit the search for a car to just pre-owned vehicles. There are a surprising number of vehicles to choose from with a base price under $16,000. We will go over some very important topics such as safety, and fuel-economy. Some of these vehicles may be found as pre-owned vehicles if purchasing a new car isn't right for you. Another option may be to lease a new vehicle, but with all vehicle leases you will be charged for anything considered by the leasing agent beyond normal wear and tear.
Introduced in 2006, the Honda Fit comes standard with Anti-lock brakes, and head-protecting side air bags. 2009 models scored Good on both the frontal offset, and Side impact tests from the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS). The Fit also gets 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. The standard Fit comes at a base price around $14,750.
The 2009 Nissan Versa comes standard with head protecting side air bags, but anti-lock brakes are optional. The Versa scored Good on both the frontal offset the side impact tests by the IIHS. The Versa gets 27 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Versa has a base price around $9,990.
The Ford Focus has optional side air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. The Focus scored Good in IIHS front impact test, and Good/Average in the side impact test. The Ford Focus gets 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. The Ford Focus has a base price around $14,995.
The 2009 Honda Civic scored Good in both the Frontal offset and side impact test done by IIHS. 4-wheel anti-lock brakes and side air bags come standard in the Civic. The Honda Civic gets 26 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway. The Honda Civic has a base price around $15,505.
The Yaris comes standard with 4-wheel anti-lock brakes, and side curtain air bags. The Yaris scored Good in both the frontal offset and side impact crash tests by IIHS. The Yaris gets 29 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Base prices for the Yaris start around $12,205.