What are the Best Cars for College Students?

College student in new car

The school year is here, and as your kids are embarking for a college education and experiencing life on their own, they must have everything needed to start the school year off right – and this includes a safe car. Fernelius Toyota has compiled a list of the best cars for college students. Contact our sales team today with any questions about the best Toyota cars listed or to schedule a test drive.

Toyota Corolla

Choose a brand new 2020 Toyota Corolla Corolla, and you can rest easy knowing your kid is driving around campus in a safe and reliable vehicle. The brand new Toyota Corolla has an affordable starting price of $19,600 MSRP* and features Toyota Safety Sense™ and ToyotaCare. Choose the new Corolla and enjoy standard features like:

  • EPA-Estimated 31 mpg city/38 mpg highway**
  • Six-speaker audio system
  • Cargo volume: 13.1 cubic feet
  • 1.8L 4-Cylinder engine
  • Headroom (front/rear): 38.3/37.1 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 42/34.8 inches
2020 Toyota Corolla in white parked with students alongside

2019 Toyota RAV4

If your college student lives at home and commutes or plays on a sports team, you may want to consider a vehicle that’s slightly larger than a sedan – the 2019 Toyota RAV4. This top-rated sport utility vehicle has earned high praise from industry experts and drivers alike. Edmunds called the SUV a “true mover and shaker in the industry. It’s the best-selling small SUV on the market as well as the best-selling passenger vehicle outside of full-size pickups currently.” According to Cars.com, more than 400,000 purchased a RAV4 last year, making it one of the most popular SUV for Indian River-area families. Noteworthy features of the entry-level 2019 RAV4 include:

  • Toyota Entune™ 3.0 Audio with a 7-Inch touchscreen
  • Toyota SafetySense™
  • ToyotaCare
  • Can tow up to 1,500 pounds
  • Available All-Wheel Drive with Multi-Terrain Select
  • Cargo Volume (behind front/rear seat, estimated): 69.8/37.6 inches
  • Headroom (front/rear): 37.7/39.5 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 41/37.8 inches
2019 Toyota RAV4 parked with liftgate open at camping site

2019 Toyota Camry

Another highly-praised and reviewed vehicle is the 2019 Toyota Camry. This spacious sedan does have a slightly higher starting price of $24,095 MSRP*, but it features a sophisticated interior with innovative safety features, head-turning engine performance, and more.

  • EPA-estimated 29 mpg city/41 mpg highway**
  • 203-hp, 2.5L Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine
  • Can seat up to five adults comfortably
  • Cargo Volume: 14.1 cubic feet
  • Headroom (front/rear) (with moonroof): 38.3/38 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 42.1/38 inches
  • 10 airbags
  • Star Safety System™
  • Integrated backup camera with projected path
  • 4.2-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID)
  • Multi-function in-key remote keyless entry system
2019 Toyota Camry exterior in red

Explore Our Used Inventory at Fernelius Toyota

If a new Toyota model is not an option, you are probably searching for the best used cars for college students. You’re in luck! We also have a plethora of high-quality, affordable used vehicles – including the vehicles we mentioned above. When you purchase a used Toyota vehicle, you can still get a newer Toyota model with the latest in technology, and at a price that won’t break the bank. Each used vehicle is thoroughly inspected by our highly-trained team at the Fernelius Toyota service center to ensure that each vehicle is performing at its absolute best.

Explore the Toyota Model Lineup at Fernelius Toyota

If you’re looking for the best cars for college students, look no further than the new Fernelius Toyota inventory at Fernelius Toyota. Visit our Cheboygan showroom, and one of our friendly and knowledgeable team members will work with you one-on-one to find the Toyota vehicle perfect for your kid. Give us a call today with any questions about finding good cars for college students today! Be sure to browse our available new and used vehicle specials so you can drive home in a Toyota for less!



*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $955 for Cars (Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV), $1,120 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,325 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

**Based on EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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