Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for College Students


With its handsomely tailored styling and roomy cabin, the Volkswagen Jetta took the victory with 14.3 percent of your votes. Shadowing the Vee-Dub, the sporty Mazda 3 took 2nd place with 14.1 percent while the value-packed Hyundai Elantra came in 3rd with 10.8 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers' Favorites poll.

  1. Volkswagen Jetta

    1. Volkswagen Jetta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta is roomy and more affordable than ever. But there's also not a whole lot to help this sedan stand out against other more dynamic competitors.

  2. Mazda 3

    2. Mazda 3

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A new high-efficiency engine re-establishes the 2012 Mazda 3 as a class favorite.

  3. Hyundai Elantra

    3. Hyundai Elantra

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Thanks to head-turning styling, a fuel-efficient engine and a long list of standard safety features and upscale options, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is a top pick for a small sedan.

  4. Ford Focus

    4. Ford Focus

    What Edmunds.com says:
    After a very long wait, American buyers finally get a world-class small car from a Detroit label. The 2012 Ford Focus is the segment's new benchmark.

  5. Hyundai Veloster

    5. Hyundai Veloster

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With plenty of features, laudable fuel economy and sharp looks, the 2012 Hyundai Veloster is a top pick for a fun-to-drive hatchback.

  6. Honda Fit

    6. Honda Fit

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Honda Fit is no longer the only choice for a fun-to-drive, well-rounded subcompact, but it remains the hands-down utility champ.

  7. Subaru Impreza

    7. Subaru Impreza

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The redesigned 2012 Subaru Impreza 2.0i is a more appealing and competitive small car. The carryover Impreza WRX and STI still offer plenty of performance, but are saddled with many of the faults of the previous-generation car.

  8. Chevrolet Cruze

    8. Chevrolet Cruze

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Put the preconceived notions to bed, because Chevrolet finally has a quality small car in the form of the 2012 Cruze.

  9. Ford Fiesta

    9. Ford Fiesta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  10. Kia Soul

    10. Kia Soul

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

  11. Chevrolet Sonic

    11. Chevrolet Sonic

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With a winning blend of power, comfort and fuel efficiency, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the segment's top picks.

  12. Kia Forte

    12. Kia Forte

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Kia Forte is a bit outclassed by newer competitors, but it still has a lot to offer in terms of value and style.

  13. Nissan Versa

    13. Nissan Versa

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is all-new for 2012, but the Versa hatchback is not. There are loads of differences, but both body styles provide simple, spacious and inexpensive transportation.

  14. Toyota Yaris

    14. Toyota Yaris

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With more cargo capacity, sharper sheet metal and sportier suspension tuning, the redesigned 2012 Toyota Yaris moves up a few notches on the economy-hatch hierarchy.

  15. Suzuki SX4

    15. Suzuki SX4

    What Edmunds.com says:
    While the 2012 Suzuki SX4 still remains a good value, a number of newer and more enticing compact sedan and hatchback competitors make it hard to recommend.

  16. Mazda 2

    16. Mazda 2

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Mazda 2 offers a fun drive in an economical hatchback, but comes up short when compared to more practical competition.

  17. Scion xB

    17. Scion xB

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2012 Scion xB is a compact people mover and cargo hauler that packs lots of high-tech audio features. Fuel economy is lackluster, however, and the unconventional styling isn't for everyone.

  18. Scion xD

    18. Scion xD

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Style and a long list of optional accessories make the 2012 Scion xD a youthful hit, but other cars in its class provide greater utility and fun.

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