IRVINE, Calif. — For the third year in a row, the Honda Fit ranked No. 1 on Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Best Back-to-School Cars. Honda also claimed the third- and fourth-place spots with its Civic and HR-V models, respectively.
To qualify for the list, vehicles must come packed with safety features but also be practical and affordable. All of the vehicles found on KBB’s list start at under $20,000 according to KBB’s Fair Purchase Price.
"Safety is the paramount decision when it comes to back-to-school cars, and practicality and affordability are also high on the list of desirable characteristics, at least according to parents," said Jack R. Nerad, analyst for Kelley Blue Book. "The kids involved also prefer to have a car they're happy to be seen in, which suggests that style is part of the equation too. Our 2016 list of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars addresses all of these wants with an array of cool cars that has something for just about any returning student."
Mazda also claimed multiple spots on the list. The brand’s Mazda3 model claimed the 5th spot on the Top 10 list, and the CX-3 came in at No. 8. The rest of the list was filled out by the Kia Soul, Nissan Versa Note, Subaru Impreza, Ford Fiesta, and Chevrolet Spark, which ranked No.2, No.6, No.7, No.9, and No. 10, respectively.