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Special Finance® Lists Top 10 New and Used Back-to-School Cars

August 22, 2008

IRVINE, Calif. — The editors at Kelley Blue Book’s have announced their picks for the 2008 Top 10 New and Top 10 Used Back-to-School Cars to help students and parents decide which rides are best to consider for their next vehicle purchase. KBB's editors made their selections based on affordability (all base models on the "New" list retail for less than $18,000), reliability, practicality and safety, but acknowledged that students are more likely to consider the fun factor.

“There are so many options these days, in both the new- and used-car realm, for safe, fun and affordable back-to-school rides,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book and “Vehicles are better built and better equipped than ever before, and there are a variety of body-style options available to suit the needs of any parent, and inevitably satisfy the wants of any teen.”

Below, in alphabetical order, are the Top 10 New and Top 10 Used Back-to-School Cars for 2008 from

Top 10 Back-to-School Cars: New

1. 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt

2. 2008 Ford Focus

3. 2008 Honda Fit

4. 2008 Hyundai Tucson

5. 2008 MAZDA3

6. 2008 Scion xB

7. 2008 Subaru Impreza

8. 2008 Suzuki SX4

9. 2008 Toyota Matrix

10. 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit

Top 10 Back-to-School Cars: Used

1. 2008 Chevrolet Aveo

2. 2007 Dodge Caliber

3. 2005 Ford Crown Victoria

4. 2004 Ford Focus

5. 2004 Honda Civic

6. 2006 Hyundai Elantra

7. 2004 Mazda Tribute

8. 2004 MAZDA3

9. 2004 Nissan Altima

10. 2004 Pontiac Vibe

Read the full text of the article, including capsule descriptions for each model, here.

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