10 Best Back-To-School Cars


2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback
2019 Toyota Hatchback.
It’s back to school time and that means Kelley Blue Book is out with its list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2019. The vehicles that make the list were chosen based on a mix of factors including cost, safety, reliability and coolness factor. Pricewise, they start from around $20,000 or less, but KBB points out final pricing depends on market conditions.

"While parents and young drivers may not always agree on the ideal car for going to school, there are some great choices out there that can serve as common ground," said Matt DeLorenzo, senior managing editor for Kelley Blue Book. "We've chosen 10 new cars for students that are a great mix of safe, reliable, cool and affordable.

The first-ever Toyota Corolla Hatchback tops the list.

“The Corolla Hatchback offers an impressive suite of advanced safety features that will ease parents' minds, along with things sure to be high on teens' must-have lists like Apple CarPlay,” said DeLorenzo.

10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2019

  1. Toyota Corolla Hatchback - CarProUSA Review
  2. Kia Soul
  3. Honda Civic
  4. Mazda3 - CarProUSA Video
  5. Volkswagen Jetta - CarProUSA Review
  6. Honda Fit
  7. Hyundai Kona
  8. Honda HR-V
  9. Subaru Impreza
  10. Nissan Kicks - CarProUSA Review and Video


Back to School Car Buying Tips

These tips will help teens and their parents get the right car at the right price.

  • Budget How Much Car You Can Afford: First come up with your budget. Along with the vehicle price, also consider the cost of ownership. You’ll find some of our budgeting tips here →.
  • Do Your Research: Head to CarProUSA.com to search our vehicle reviews. You’ll also be able to search for vehicle pricing from our CarProUSA Certified Dealers.
  • Test Drive Several Models: Don’t just test drive the top vehicle on your list. Drive two or three different models for a better comparison of the way they ride, drive and any unique features.
  • If Buying New: Car Pro Show listeners get special pricing and it is easy to shop online from our website. Email our contact person to make sure you get the best possible deal.
  • If Buying Used: Whether buying from a private party or a dealer, it's always a good idea to have any used vehicle checked out by a reputable independent service shop. Be sure to get a history report at www.AutoCheck.com.
  • Consider Certified Pre-Owned (CPO): We recommend buying a factory certified pre-owned vehicle if you opt to buy used. These vehicles have gone through a rigorous testing process which brings extra peace of mind. Read our article about CPO vehicles here →.
  • Parents: Don't buy a car for your teen without driving it yourself, as your experience can help you identify problems or shortcomings that your teen may not notice. Also, trust your own judgment and don't let your teen talk you into buying a vehicle with which you're not fully comfortable. We have a teen section on our CarProUSA FAQ page.
  • Teens: Do all of your homework before you meet with mom or dad; show them you are responsible and ready for a car, and make it easy for them to say "yes" to your well-researched choice.

Remember, head to CarProUSA.com when you’re ready to begin your search. Not only can you find tips, but also reviews and a link to all of our Certified Dealers. We offer new and used inventory search as well.

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