2007 Volvo S80
Although it’s the smallest of the vehicles on the list, the Volvo S80 has some of the best safety ratings. Bluetooth capabilities, heated seats and mirrors, and a built-in compass add to the comfort and benefits. It has a low price of only $5,800 but also has a lower gas mileage of 16 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway.
2010 Ford Fusion
It’s a fairly common belief that everyone should start driving on a manual so that in the future they’ll be able to drive anything in the case of an emergency. Many car companies are doing away with the manual option, but the 2010 Ford Fusion has manual as the standard. With a price tag of just $7,400 and a gas mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 29 MPG on the highway, this one is a good economical choice.
2007 Honda Element
The Element is a good choice for students who don’t drive a lot of people around but need to carry more. Financially, it’s a solid choice, with a starting price tag of $6,700 and decent gas mileage of 22 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway. Good crash safety, heated mirrors, and a low fuel level warning will help you drive safely around town.
2005 Volvo XC90
This mid-size luxury SUV is a good choice for students who will be giving rides to friends or have a long trip home for holidays. The heated seats will make for a cozy drive home during the winter breaks. For less than $5,000 this one is a good deal, making the low gas mileage of 16 MPG in the city and 21 MPG on the highway easier to accept.
2007 Toyota Tundra
Pickups are a popular choice for teens and college students; however, most are too expensive. The Toyota Tundra meets good safety standards while staying in the affordable range at only $12,200. The gas mileage is about what you would expect for a truck, running about 16 MPG in the city and 20 MPG on the highway. This truck isn’t short on interior storage and even features a perfect spot for keeping your laptop protected. An optional rear-view camera not only makes the Tundra safer but also simplifies the towing hookup. While getting a quality car on a tight budget might seem hopeless, it’s really not. It might take some time and some effort to find, but there’s a fantastic affordable car waiting for you to discover it.