The Best Cars for Teens, College Students for Back-to-School 2021, According to KBB

As the 2021–2022 school year launches nationwide in a much different fashion than last year’s at-home pandemic-induced virtual learning, student drivers once again will need the right vehicle to get them to and from school and activities.

Whether parents are shopping for their newly minted teen driver or getting ready to send their student off to college, the experts at Kelley Blue Book recently created helpful lists of their top recommendations for new and used vehicles with the Best Cars for Teens and the Best Cars for College Students.

Back-to-School 2021: Kelley Blue Book’s Best Used Cars for Teens

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $20,000

2017 Toyota RAV4

2018 Mazda CX-5

2017 Honda CR-V

2020 Toyota Corolla

2019 Mazda Mazda3

2017 Honda Accord

2019 Subaru Crosstrek

2019 Toyota Prius

2018 Kia Sportage

2018 Honda Civic

2019 Chevrolet Equinox LT

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $15,000

2018 Kia Soul

2018 Toyota Corolla

2018 Mazda Mazda3

2013 Honda CR-V

2016 Mazda CX-5

2015 Toyota Prius

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $10,000

2014 Honda Accord

2015 Toyota Camry

2014 Mazda Mazda3

2014 Toyota Corolla

2015 Honda Civic

2009 Toyota RAV4

2011 Honda Element

2009 Toyota Avalon

Best Used Cars for Teens Under $5,000

2006 Honda Civic

2007 Toyota Corolla

2005 Toyota Avalon

2005 Honda Pilot

2004 Toyota Prius

2001 Toyota Highlander

Best New Cars and SUVs for College Students

2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Honda Civic

2021 Mazda Mazda3

2021 Subaru Crosstrek

2021 Kia Seltos

2021 Hyundai Kona

2021 Honda HR-V

2021 Nissan Sentra

2021 Kia Soul

Best Used Cars and SUVs for College Students Under $20,000

2015 – 2017 Toyota Camry

2015 – 2017 Honda Accord

2017 – 2018 Toyota Corolla

2015 – 2018 Mazda CX-5

2016 – 2017 Toyota Prius

2014 – 2016 Toyota RAV4

2015 – 2016 Honda CR-V

2016 – 2018 Subaru Crosstrek

2016 – 2018 Mazda Mazda3

2017 – 2019 Honda Civic

2017 – 2019 Kia Soul

2015 – 2019 Honda Fit

Best Used Cars and SUVs for College Students Under $15,000

2012 – 2014 Toyota Camry

2007 – 2013 Honda CR-V

2011 – 2014 Honda Accord

2011 – 2014 Toyota Corolla

2013 – 2015 Honda Civic

2009 – 2012 Toyota RAV4

For more information on Kelley Blue Book’s 2021 Best Cars for Teens, including pricing details, editorial commentary and more, visit https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/teens/. For more information on Kelley Blue Book’s 2021 Best Cars for College Students, including pricing details, editorial commentary and more, visit https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/college-students/.

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