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Consumers’ Favorites: Best Used Cars for College Students

The amazingly spacious Honda Fit took top honors with 21.3 percent of the vote. Right behind in 2nd place was another Honda, the stalwart Civic, with 20.8 percent while 3rd went to the sporty Mazda 3 with 10.6 percent.

See how the rest of the field did in the full results below and make sure to exercise your right to vote in our next Consumers’ Favorites poll.

  1. Honda Fit

    1. Honda Fit (21.3%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Honda Fit is no longer the only choice for a fun-to-drive, well-rounded subcompact, but it remains the hands-down utility champ.

  2. Honda Civic

    2. Honda Civic (20.8%)

    What says:
    For a reliable and enjoyable-to-drive small car, you’re not going to do much better than the 2011 Honda Civic.

  3. Mazda 3

    3. Mazda 3 (10.6%) – Tie

    What says:
    The 2011 Mazda 3 provides more driving enjoyment and greater refinement than its affordable price tag would suggest. If you’re shopping for a small, inexpensive sedan or hatchback, it should be at the top of your list.

  4. Subaru Impreza

    3. Subaru Impreza (10.6%) – Tie

    What says:
    The 2011 Subaru Impreza’s impressive performance and range of styles make it an appealing choice for a wide variety of compact car consumers.

  5. Toyota Yaris

    5. Toyota Yaris (5.7%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Toyota Yaris has broad appeal thanks to a wide variety of body styles and a reputation for dependability, but it falls short of being our top economy-car choice.

  6. Hyundai Elantra

    6. Hyundai Elantra (5.3%)

    What says:
    With head-turning new styling, a fuel-efficient new engine and a long list of standard safety features and upscale options, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is ready to give any compact sedan on the road a run for its money.

  7. Chevrolet Cruze

    7. Chevrolet Cruze (5.0%) – Tie

    What says:
    After decades of toiling in the minor leagues, Chevrolet makes it to the show with its much-improved compact sedan entry, the 2011 Cruze.

  8. Porsche Cayman

    7. Kia Soul (5.0%) – Tie

    What says:
    The 2011 Kia Soul brings hipster styling and a fun-to-drive nature to the realm of the practical hatchback.

  9. Ford Focus

    9. Ford Focus (4.0%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Ford Focus provides reliable transportation, but overall there are better choices to be had for a small car.

  10. Ford Fiesta

    10. Ford Fiesta (3.2%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Ford Fiesta gives economy car shoppers reason to celebrate with its fun-to-drive personality, nicely trimmed cabin, tight build quality and unexpected features.

  11. Jaguar F-Type

    11. Nissan Versa (2.8%) – Tie

    What says:
    The 2011 Nissan Versa might not be the newest or most engaging choice in the economy car segment, but it still provides simple, spacious and inexpensive transportation.

  12. Chevrolet Sonic

    11. Chevrolet Sonic (2.3%) – Tie

    What says:
    With a winning blend of power, comfort and fuel efficiency, the all-new 2012 Chevrolet Sonic is one of the segment’s top picks.

  13. Hyundai Accent

    13. Hyundai Accent (1.7%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Hyundai Accent isn’t our favorite choice for an economy car, but its low price means it’s still worth a look from buyers on a budget.

  14. Scion xB

    14. Scion xB (1.3%)

    What says:
    The 2011 Scion xB is a capable compact people mover and cargo hauler that packs lots of high-tech audio features. Fuel economy is lackluster, however, and the unconventional styling isn’t for everyone.

  15. Kia Rio

    15. Kia Rio (0.5%)

    What says:
    As far as small economy cars go, there are better choices than the 2011 Kia Rio.

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