Best Cars for College Students 2018-19

Best Cars for College Students 2018-19

The next college semester is coming up fast, and now that you have your classes, course books, and on/off campus accommodations lined up it's time to pick your chariot, the vehicle that will take you through your collegiate career. 

This is an important life decision that you don't want to take lightly. A car will be your means to getting to and from campus and will take you back to see the folks for a home cooked meal and fresh load of laundry. More importantly, the vehicle will serve as your escape pod, taking you away on long weekend adventures and summer break road trips across the country or continent. 

Having been there for Greater Vancouver students year in and out, Westminster Toyota is here once again to provide counsel so that you can make the most educated choice about which vehicle will suit you best for the four (or more) years ahead. Read below to find out which ones made our dealership Dean's List.

3 Top Toyota Cars for the College Class of 2018-19

2018-19 Toyota Corolla

Your course load will have you on campus into the late evening or later, which is why you need a vehicle that will light the roads on the way home, or to grab yet another large latte to keep the midnight oil burning during midterms. The new Corolla is outfitted with top of the line LED Daytime Running Lights, with rear combination taillights, and available LED backup lights in addition to a sleek new design that will add to the shine. The interior also illuminates, thanks to a standard 6.1-inch touch-screen display and an available high-resolution, 4.2-inch color Multi-Information Display that helps you manage wireless phone calls, music streaming, and integrated navigation. Additional tech features include a standard integrated backup camera,  standard advanced voice recognition, and more.

Further #collegelife convenience is found in the interior, including 60/40 split rear seats that will help you switch back and forth to accommodate classmate carpools and recreational gear for those weekend trips. Available automatic climate control will also help make life easier during the hot summer and cold winter semesters alike, while the available Smart Key System allows you to unlock and start the car with a push of a button while the fob remains in your book bag or backpack.

The new Corolla also strives to make your driving experience more seamless and enjoyable. For instance, the SE and XSE boast performance-inspired features including steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, a sport gauge cluster, and Sport Mode. And as always, the Corolla's fuel economy is conscious of your student fees, especially if you opt for the Corolla LE Eco which boasts an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. View more on the new Corolla.

2018 Toyota Prius c

The Prius c may be popular with today's eco-conscious college crowd for obvious reasons (including an EPA-estimated 48 mpg city) but there's so much more to this industry leading hybrid. You get a hint of this when you note the all-new 15-inch 8-spoke machined alloy wheels with dark-gray-painted accents (standard).

The sporty new 5-door design with available 60/40 split fold-down rear seats offers unprecedented convenience and a surprising amount of cargo space for such a compact car. And yet, you can't help but wonder how they managed to pack in so many amazing features, including Bluetooth with streaming audio, an integrated backup camera, available integrated navigation, a standard USB port, an available Smart Key System, and available SofTex trimmed (and heated) seating that offers a 6-way adjustable driver's seat.

View more on the new Prius c.

2018 Toyota Yaris Hatchback

Style and simplicity are not exclusive of one another when you consider the new Yaris. Stripped of the unnecessary bells and whistles of 2017, this sleek and sporty new compact hatchback is tailor-made for collegiate life. The tech suite is easy to use yet includes everything you need, including hands free phone capability and music streaming via Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera to help you squeeze into tight student parking. The Yaris (as available) also pairs with your smartphone's GPS to help you navigate from campus to wherever your heart desires, while the available remote keyless entry will let you hop back in with ease, even when carrying a course load of books.

The interior with 60/40 split fold-down rear seats is packed full of other conveniences too, including accessible cup holders and door pockets, and a good sized center storage cubby to help you keep your necessities in close reach. After all, every minute counts when you have a hectic class schedule. 

This vehicle comes available in three models. The L (available in 3- or 5-door models) comes in 5-speed manual or available 4-speed automatic transmission while the LE (available in 3- or 5-door models) comes standard with 4-speed automatic transmission, and the SE (5-door model only) comes with 5-speed manual or available 4-speed automatic transmission. As a student with a bright future ahead, it's nice to know you've got options.

The Yaris is also the most student budget friendly option on the lot, with a starting buy-in at just $17,110 (at press) and an EPA estimated 30 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. In addition, you (and your empty nester parents) will be happy to know that the new Yaris (and the other vehicles above) comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense and Toyota's renowned Star Safety System. View more on the new Yaris hatchback. 

Hoping to see a truck on the above list? Fret not, as we recently released our Best 2018 Trucks for College Students right here. Schedule a test drive for one of the above or any other new or used vehicle by contacting our Greater Vancouver Toyota dealership today.