2015 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra (Hyundai Motor America)

Are you thinking about helping your high school graduate with the purchase of a new car? We've compiled a list of the best cars for college students to help you start your search. Not only will your soon-to-be college student like these cars and SUVs for many reasons, but their top safety ratings will keep you from losing sleep at night knowing your teen driver is safe behind the wheel.

Read more and see the full list: Best Cars for College Students

While you might want to get your son or daughter a budget-friendly entry-level subcompact car, good things don't always come in small packages when it comes to crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recommends midsize and large cars for teen drivers since they offer better crash protection than a compact car. SUVs are also a great option if you're shopping for a new car for your college student. SUVs are generally bigger, heavier and taller than other vehicles, and standard electronic stability control on today’s SUVs means your teen driver has much less of a chance of a rollover accident than they would in an older SUV.

[Photos of the Top 10 Cars for College Students]

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