7 sensible used cars for college life

2007 Ford Fusion

Mileage: 23 mpg city/31 highway/26 combined

Like Malibu Classic, the midsize Fusion is a family hauler, meaning it's roomy, comfortable and even entry-level "S" versions come packed with convenience features. Its rather mundane styling won't turn heads. But the large cabin will get the entire intramural basketball team down to Taco Bell, while the trunk is large enough to pack a semester's worth of dirty clothes home for washing. Ford made front side-impact and side-curtain airbags standard on all Fusions for 2007. Although there are some AWD-equipped 2007s out there, it will be tough to find one in good shape priced under $10,000. The fuel economy numbers listed are for the 160-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to the optional five-speed automatic transmission. A 221-horsepower V6 with a six-speed automatic was standard on pricier versions.

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