The 2015 Honda Fit is the best back-to-school car for parents and teens this year, according to Kelley Blue Book, the vehicle valuation and information service.
In choosing the top 10 cars, Kelley Blue Book editors gave high marks to vehicles that are affordable and practical, and awarded extra credit for style, features and personality. The selection includes a small SUV, a 50-mpg hybrid and an all-wheel drive vehicle. Each of the cars on the list has a Kelley Blue Book "Fair Purchase Price" of less than $20,000. Updated weekly, the Fair Purchase Price shows what buyers have been paying for a new car recently. The price fluctuates according to current market conditions such as vehicle availability, local demand and seasonal trends.
"The redesigned 2015 Honda Fit came to the head of the class as our No. 1 back-to-school car this year with the most flexible interior you'll find in a subcompact car, boasting an affordable price while simultaneously offering the same sporty fun and refinement for which the Honda brand is well known," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com, in a press statement.
Also on the top 10 list, along with each vehicle's Kelley Blue Book "Fair Purchase Price" are:
2. 2014 Kia Soul, $14,623
3. 2014 Nissan Versa Note, $13,868
4. 2014 Mazda Mazda3, $16,761
5. 2014 Toyota Prius c, $18,309
6. 2014 Honda Civic, $17,191
7. 2014 Chevrolet Sonic, $14,366
8. 2014 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, $18,925
9. 2015 Volkswagen Golf, (Fair Purchase Price not yet available)
10. 2014 Subaru Impreza, $17,490
Before buying a car for a high school or college student, Kelley Blue Book editors advise parents to compare expert and consumer reviews and ratings for a variety of vehicles and to know what it will cost to purchase and operate the car. KBB.com has 5-year cost-to-own information for new cars on its website.
Parents should also check out safety ratings for vehicles and compare car insurance quotes for the models they're considering buying.