Best Cars for College Students in 2020

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2020 Kia Forte 

$17,890 | U.S. News Overall Score: 8.3/10

The Kia Forte won our 2020 Best Compact Car for the Money award for its mix of quality and value. Its budget-friendly price, strong fuel economy, and stellar safety ratings make the small sedan a practical choice for college-bound students.

Buyers can choose between the base model’s 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine or the new-for-2020, range-topping GT trim’s 201-horsepower turbo-four. The Forte is one of the few cars on the market today to come standard with a six-speed manual transmission. A continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) is available. 

The Forte’s five-passenger cabin features supportive seats and class-leading cargo space. The car comes with several advanced safety features, including automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, and a driver attention monitor.

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