Consumers' Favorites: Best Cars for College Students


Taking top honors, the new Ford Fiesta narrowly beats its chief rival, the Honda Fit, by about one percentage point (19.6 to 18.5 percent). Trailing these two is the Kia Soul, another fairly new entry in this space-efficient subcompact hatchback class, with 10 percent of your votes.

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. Ford Fiesta

    1. Ford Fiesta

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  2. Honda Fit

    2. Honda Fit

    What Edmunds.com says:
    No budget hatchback can match the 2010 Honda Fit's combination of practicality and performance.

  3. Kia Soul

    3. Kia Soul

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Soul is the first Kia to appeal to one's emotions as well as more practical concerns like value, features, space and warranty. It is definitely worth a look.

  4. Kia Forte

    4. Kia Forte

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Unlike the bargain-bin Spectra that it replaces, the new 2010 Kia Forte is good enough to compete against perennial segment stars from Honda, Mazda and Toyota.

  5. Hyundai Elantra

    5. Hyundai Elantra

    What Edmunds.com says:
    Even though the 2010 Hyundai Elantra is often overshadowed by more firmly entrenched competitors, its affordable price and relative refinement make it an ideal small sedan. It's worthy of serious consideration.

  6. Hyundai Accent

    6. Hyundai Accent

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The enjoyable and value-packed 2010 Hyundai Accent proves that an entry-level economy car needn't be a penalty box.

  7. Kia Rio

    7. Kia Rio

    What Edmunds.com says:
    While the 2010 Kia Rio is attractively priced, there are a few other subcompacts we recommend more highly.

  8. Toyota Yaris

    8. Toyota Yaris (Tie)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Toyota Yaris' dependability and wide variety of body styles give it broad appeal, but it falls short of being our top economy-car choice.

  9. Scion xB

    8. Scion xB (Tie)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Scion xB is a capable compact people mover and cargo hauler that packs a decent underhood punch. Fuel economy is lackluster, however, and the unconventional styling isn't for everyone.

  10. Mazda 2

    10. Mazda 2

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Mazda 2 keeps the fun alive as an economical hatchback, but comes up a bit short when compared to the competition.

  11. Scion xD

    11. Scion xD

    What Edmunds.com says:
    A stylized exterior and an impressive features list should attract buyers to the 2010 Scion xD, but some competing models offer more utility and fun.

  12. Suzuki SX4

    12. Suzuki SX4

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Suzuki SX4 certainly merits consideration if you're in need of an affordable all-weather vehicle or are just looking for an inexpensive but practical and feature-packed set of wheels.

  13. Nissan Cube

    13. Nissan Cube

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Nissan Cube's quirky demeanor and whimsical styling make it an interesting choice for a small hatchback, but we think there are better, more practical choices available.

  14. Nissan Versa

    14. Nissan Versa

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2010 Nissan Versa may not be the most exciting choice in the economy-car segment, but it's one of the most practical. It's roomy, comfortable and available with high-end amenities that belie its low price.

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