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Top Ten College Cars

 

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So what exactly makes a car a "college car?" First off, it does not necessarily have to be in the hall of fame as a driver's car. In fact, some of these could be the worst driver's cars possible. A college car has to be affordable, because the stereotypical non Ivy League student is supposed to be broke and living off Ramen noodles and free Chipotle burrito coupons. Other than that, it has to be at least one of the following: stylish, dependable, economical, or practical. Here are ten cars, in no particular order, that are a dime a dozen around college campuses, or could be a good choice for someone looking for a beater for school.

10. Jeep Wrangler

Don't ask me how, but the Jeep Wranger only checks off two from the list of college car traits. The older straight-six Wranglers are as bulletproof as Obama's limousines. Also, they have gained a sort of cult status as a stylish car. Next time you see a girl driving one in over sized sunglasses you'll see what I mean. What helps this car make it to the list is the duty it serves mankind. Spiders are to mosquitoes as Wranglers are to frat boys, an effective agent of population control. When I say "frat boy" I mean the stereotypical version that wears polo shirts with their collars popped, white Abercrombie baseball hats on backwards, call everyone "bro", constantly blast Dave Matthews band and drive Jeep Wranglers like they're sports cars. The Wrangler and its notorious ability to not stay on all four wheels have helped prevent an overpopulation of frat boys in society for years, and for that we cannot thank it enough. 

9. Honda Accord

 

Many College cars start out life as Mom or Dad's car before being handed down to the kids when they empty the nest and it gets replaced with Dad's mid-life crisis. The Honda Accord is a perfectly bland example of hand-me-down motoring. Their exceptional reliability means that by the time the keys are paired up with a Buckeyes key chain the engine has only gone through half its life. Plus, the four-cylinder version meant great fuel economy, and the six-cylinder version meant college boy could pretend he was driving a really fast car. 

8. Geo Metro

Here is a car that does not satisfy the style requirement in any sense whatsoever. This car will make even George Clooney look like a nerd. However, three things make this car a big winner as a college beater. One, the fuel economy is at levels with some hybrid cars. Some hypermilers have taken these cars to astronomical fuel economy levels with ridiculous aero kits. If your goal is to be greener than everyone else but can't afford a hybrid, the Metro could be an option. Two, the tiny size means you can squeeze into the tiniest of spots on a Friday night when parking around campus is frustratingly sparse. Three, the complete lack of style and dignity this car brings means you probably won't care about all the dents it will receive during its service.

7. Volkswagen Jetta

This is one for the ladies. Not the most reliable, economical, or practical car ever made. For some reason I cannot fathom, college girls that have any concern about style flock to Jettas. It could be in the name, as many appalling cars still were able to sell because of the name slapped on them (four-cylinder Mustangs). Either way, this one is a winner in the style department with the girls, and it is something men will probably never understand.

6. Ford Mustang 




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  1. A 1993 Taurus was my first car in college. No complaints.
     
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  2. Ford Tempo FTW
     
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  3. My college car is a 2004 Ford Mustang V6. It has a few mods, and mor are to come. It is a pain in anything more than an inch of Michigan snow, though it has been a reliable, fuel efficient, and very fun car.
     
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  4. Great list really like the volvo 240 on there, had a friend with one and it was our tank for getting around, another fun list would be a mountain (snowboarding skiing) list both the best and the most economical I remember in college I didnt care about anything but can it get me up the hill when I had to replace my car (settled on a busted up 1984 subaru gl wagon which lived for years and was great in snow).
     
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  5. Other than the Mustang, I wouldn't be seen dead in any of these cars. They're all horrible. Who wrote this article?
     
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  6. Glad to say my college car is a 94' Subaru SVX. I love this car to death because I know when I go into a parking lot which car is mine, unlike the thousands of civics I pass by just getting to my car. Not only that, but at 235 hp, nice leather seats and a bitchin' sound system I don't think I would want anything else. Although I will say this, at 163K it comes with it's own problems but I want this car to last me till im 30 :D
     
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  7. I'm in a frat and drive a jeep wrangler lol. I defnitely don't wear popped collar hollister though haha. i'm one of the only people i know with one though at my UC campus
     
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  8. I don't know what type of college you went to bro, but at my school, girls (hot ones) drove range rovers. Guys drive BMW 3-series whips and the poor drive civics. I agree with the wranglers but no one in college drives a geo metro. Especially any guys that get laid. Volvos are solely girls cars. Bros drive bimmers. 1
    -Bro
     
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  9. I drive a 3.0 TDI Audi A5, and I'm from Romania. Rich kids who go to Harvard drive Civics in the us??
     
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  10. Hey now, Neons aren't embarrassing! My Neon was my favorite car to date, and I'd still be driving it if it weren't for a tree that fell on it, crushing it. XS I liked how it looked (pre 2000 model), they had good handling, decent mileage, fairly good factory sound systems, and pretty much nothing ever broke (low maintenance yay!).
     
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  11. I started college in 1999 with a 1993 RX7 Twin Turbo - through the course of the four years I had a 3000GT then ended with a 1999 Mazda Millenia S. I've got a year left in dental school and I have a 2004 RX8 and 2003 E500.
     
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  12. My first car was a 1987 Black Acura Integra Special addition. Loved that car.
     
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  13. Hey really liked this article and tweeted it on @trovit_us Will send out tonight :) Keep the articles coming! And if anyone is searching for one of these used cars you can use trovit.com, we have over 7 million used car listings!
     
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  14. Good article, very true for the most part. Just one complaint - even some of us Ivy Leaguers have to live off Ramen. Most of my friends at Cornell can't even afford a car to bring to school. Don't be too quick to stereotype!
     
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