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Car-pricing guide Kelley Blue Book has released its 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for Students for 2012.
The group calls them affordable — but define “affordable.” It’s evidently not the same definition KBB used last year, when it included used cars. This time they’re all-new, and all under $16,000.
We’ve argued countless times that new cars aren’t worth the purchase price, most recently by showing how buying last year’s model can mean a year of free gas. But for young drivers eager to celebrate their new independence with many a night on the town? That makes even less sense.
You can look at the official release to see how KBB ranks this year’s list, but we’re ranking them by price…
- 2012 Nissan Versa (Fair Purchase Price: $11,133)
- 2012 Hyundai Accent (FPP: $12,635)
- 2012 Ford Fiesta (FPP: $13,428)
- 2012 Kia Soul (FPP: $14,030)
- 2012 Toyota Yaris (FPP: $14,229)
- 2012 Chevy Sonic (FPP: $14,251)
- 2012 Mazda MAZDA3 (FPP: $14,987)
- 2012 Volkswagen Jetta (FPP: $15,184)
- 2012 FIAT 500 (FPP: $15,332)
- 2012 Honda Fit (FPP: $15,522)
Three cars remain on the list from last year’s: the Fiat 500, Honda Fit, and Hyundai Accent.