Consumers' Favorites: Best Used Cars for College Students


Ever popular and reliable, the Honda Civic took 1st with 32.8 percent of the vote. The sharp and athletic Mazda 3 came in 2nd with 15.8 percent, while the well-rounded Hyundai Elantra took 3rd with 9.2 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. Honda Civic

    1. Honda Civic (32.8%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    For a reliable and enjoyable-to-drive small car, you're not going to do much better than the 2011 Honda Civic.

  2. Mazda 3

    2. Mazda 3 (15.8%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Mazda 3 provides more driving enjoyment and greater refinement than its affordable price tag would suggest. If you're shopping for a small, inexpensive sedan or hatchback, it should be at the top of your list.

  3. 2011 Hyundai Elantra

    3. Hyundai Elantra (9.2%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    With head-turning new styling, a fuel-efficient new engine and a long list of standard safety features and upscale options, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is ready to give any compact sedan on the road a run for its money.

  4. Honda Fit

    4. Honda Fit (8.7%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Honda Fit is no longer the only choice for a fun-to-drive, well-rounded subcompact, but it remains the hands-down utility champ.

  5. Subaru Impreza

    5. Subaru Impreza (7.4%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Subaru Impreza's impressive performance and range of styles make it an appealing choice for a wide variety of compact car consumers.

  6. Chevrolet Cruze

    6. Chevrolet Cruze (6.9%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    After decades of toiling in the minor leagues, Chevrolet makes it to the show with its much-improved compact sedan entry, the 2011 Cruze.

  7. Ford Focus

    7. Ford Focus (6.0%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Ford Focus provides reliable transportation, but overall there are better choices to be had for a small car.

  8. Toyota Yaris

    8. Toyota Yaris (3.6%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Toyota Yaris has broad appeal thanks to a wide variety of body styles and a reputation for dependability, but it falls short of being our top economy-car choice.

  9. Scion xB

    9. Scion xB (2.7%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Scion xB is a capable 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.

  10. Kia Soul

    10. Kia Soul (2.6%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

  11. Ford Fiesta

    11. Ford Fiesta (2.3%)

    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.

  12. Nissan Versa

    12. Nissan Versa (2.2%)

    What Edmunds.com says:
    The 2011 Nissan Versa might not be the newest or most engaging choice in the economy car segment, but it still provides simple, spacious and inexpensive transportation.

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