Hyundai Accent, Suzuki SX4 return to school with honors

James Raia

Kelley Blue Book has announced its recommendations for the best cars for students going back to school, with the 2012 Hyundai Accent and 2007 Suzuki SX4 respectively receiving best new and used cars.

The vehicles chosen were based on: safety, affordability, versatility, reliability, cost of ownership, fuel economy, aesthetics and driving fun factor.

All cars had to be available for less than $18,000 using KBB’s pricing guide.

Hyundai Accent, Suzuki SX4 return to school with honors 1
2007 Suzuki SX4

The Best New Back To School car is the 2012 Hyundai Accent.

According to KBB, “Like its bigger brothers the Sonata and Elantra, the 2012 Hyundai Accent appeals to a finely-tuned sense of value, putting a lot of equipment into a stylish, roomy package that competes more than favorably with competitors like the Ford Fiesta, Mazda Mazda2 and Honda Fit.”

The Best Used Back To School Car is the 2007 Suzuki SX4.

According to KBB, “It’s the least-expensive all-wheel drive car on the market and it comes with Suzuki’s no-deductible 100,000-mile seven-year powertrain warranty that’s also fully transferable.”

The top-5 Best New Back to School Cars:

5. Chevrolet Cruze; 4. Fiat 500; 3. Ford Focus; 2. Honda Fit; 1. Hyundai Accent.

The top-5 Best Used Back to School Cars:

5. 2007 Nissan Sentra; 4. 2007 Ford F150; 3. 2007 Kia Sedona; 2.  2008 Chevrolet HHR; 1. 2007 Suzuki SX4.

To read the entire KBB results, visit: Best Back To School Cars

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Article Last Updated: August 11, 2011.

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