10 Best Back-to-School Cars: 2015 Honda Fit Ranked No. 1


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2015 Honda Fit

IRVINE, CA -- Aug. 7, 2014: With the 2014-2015 school year right around the corner, many students and parents of teens are considering their transportation needs to and from campus and activities. To help shoppers narrow down their choices, the editors at Kelley Blue Book have named this year's 10 Best Back-to-School Cars of 2014.

As a new semester opens, KBB.com's expert editors hand-picked a selection of new cars they recommend for students that score high marks for being both practical and affordable, while also giving extra credit for style, features and personality. This year's wide-ranging Back-to-School Cars list includes a small SUV, a 50-mpg hybrid and an all-wheel-drive option.

Each of the KBB.com editors' new-car recommendations starts below $20,000 according to Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price. Updated weekly and based on current market conditions like vehicle availability, local demand and seasonal buying trends, the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price shows shoppers what others have been paying for a new car recently and is included in KBB.com's Price Advisor tool, which provides range-based market pricing.

"Regardless of a student's interests or style, there is a stellar new-car option for them on our diverse 10 Best Back-to-School Cars list for 2014," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director and executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "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."

KBB.com's 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2014

Rank

Vehicle

Kelley Blue Book®
Fair Purchase Price

1

2015 Honda Fit

$15,994

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

N/A

10

2014 Subaru Impreza

$17,490

*The Kelley Blue BookŪ Fair Purchase Price (FPP) is updated weekly to show shoppers what others have been paying for this car recently. FPP data in chart is for base model and was sourced from KBB.com on July 25 2014. FPP data is not yet available for 2015 Volkswagen Golf.

To see KBB.com's full coverage of the 10 Best Back-to-School Cars for 2014, including vehicle photography, pricing details and editorial reviews, please visit Best 10 Back to School Cars .

To discuss this topic, or any other automotive-related information, with a Kelley Blue Book analyst on-camera via the company's on-site studio, please contact a member of the Public Relations team to book an interview.

Car Shopping and Buying Tips for Students and Parents:

To help ensure driving and ownership satisfaction into the coming school year and beyond, follow these guidelines for getting the right car at the right price and check out KBB.com's 10 Tips for First-Time Car Buyers:

Do Your Research: All the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision is available at KBB.com, including both expert and consumer reviews and ratings, Fair Market Range including Kelley Blue BookŪ Fair Purchase Price, side-by-side comparisons, safety and reliability ratings and more.

Know What It Is Going to Cost You: Once you've narrowed it down to a few models that you are interested in, be sure to check out not only what it will cost you up front to buy the car, but also what it will cost you over time to own the vehicle. KBB.com's 5-Year Cost-to-Own information for new cars can help you determine both.

Drive At Least Two or Three Different Models: It's easy to enjoy a test drive in the vehicle at the top of your list, but without driving one or two others to compare, you might easily miss out on something you'd like even more. If Buying New: Always use a vehicle's Fair Purchase Price, not Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price, as your basis for comparing vehicles and negotiating with the dealer. Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price reflects the prices people are typically paying a dealer for a new car, based on new-car transactions and adjusted regularly as market conditions change. Kelley Blue Book's Fair Purchase Price may be hundreds or even thousands of dollars less than MSRP.

If Buying Used: Whether buying from a private party or a dealer, it's always a good idea to have any used vehicle checked out by a reputable independent service shop. When purchasing from an individual, check out the private-party value from KBB.com as well as Kelley Blue Book's Quick Condition Quiz. These items will help you determine the "actual" condition and value of the vehicle. Consider Certified Pre-Owned (CPO): When you buy a CPO vehicle, you get the value of buying a used car with the peace of mind that comes from getting new-car-like features, such as a manufacturer-backed vehicle warranty, full vehicle inspection and more.

Shop Online: Use the Internet to find the exact vehicles local dealers in your area currently have on their lots. You can check out inventory in the 'Cars for Sale' section on KBB.com to save time and hassle of driving around from dealership to dealership. This way you can choose wisely which models you want to go test drive. Parents: Don't buy a car for your teen without driving it yourself, as your experience can help you identify problems or shortcomings that your teen may not notice. Also, trust your own judgment and don't let your teen talk you into buying a vehicle with which you're not fully comfortable. Teens: Do all of your homework before you meet with mom or dad; show them you are responsible and ready for a car, and make it easy for them to say "yes" to your well-researched choice.

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