7 Smartest “Back to School” Cars of 2017

Back to school shopping isn’t all notebooks, binders and books. We’ve rounded up the top seven smartest back to school picks of 2017 to get students into some of the safest vehicles available today.

Our top priority of being an intelligent driver is having an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ vehicle, meeting the latest rigorous crash safety testing and headlight requirements.

#7 2017 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra blends elegant exterior styling with top fuel economy.


#6 2017 VW Jetta

The Jetta is an all-around excellent car and a great value.


#5 2017 Mazda CX-3

Mazda’s CX-3 mini crossover is available with AWD for snowy climates and a beautiful interior.

2017 MAZDA CX-3

#4 2017 Toyota Corolla

Corolla packs a lot of tech, with safety equipment like automatic emergency braking being standard. It’s also a hoot to drive with a stick.


#3 2017 Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is a perennial favorite; from supreme handling to an efficient powertrain, this is one excellent car.

2017 MAZDA 3

#2 2017 Subaru Impreza

The Impreza was redesigned for 2017 to be safer, smoother, quieter and more efficient. It checks off all the right boxes, including standard AWD.


#1 2017 Kia Forte

After a week behind the wheel of the 2017 Forte, we truly came away surprised and impressed by what a great car Kia has built. From space to fuel economy, Forte has it all.







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