While students don’t necessarily have a car on their back-to-school shopping list, when they do, it’s safe to say that they’re “budget constrained” – and that their parents will want safety and dependability. So that gem with the loud exhaust and fast-and-furious spoiler strapped to the trunk is probably a no-go. Instead, think affordable style. Here are nine great used cars that just might occupy the crossroads where young drivers, their parents, and their budget can meet:
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BMW On Demand, available since 2010 in Germany, is coming as a pilot program in New York City. No word yet on pricing.
In a move that should benefit US manufacturing, Honda has announced it will move production of the 2013 Civic Hybrid to Indiana. The move will mark the first time the Civic Hybrid sedan has been made outside of Japan since it launched in 2001.
Used car prices have already begun to drop after a surge earlier this year. Easier credit, lower gas prices are among the factors easing still high used car prices.
Hybrids cost more upfront but are cheaper to operate than nonhybrids. The federal government has launched FuelEconomy.gov so consumers can calculate the payback period for buying a hybrid.