7 sensible used cars for college life

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Classic

Mileage: 18 mpg city/28 highway/22 combined

When Chevrolet redesigned the Malibu for 2008, it continued making the previous version for another year, calling it Malibu Classic. As time passes, differences between the two Malibus are blurred, but used Classics command a lower price. Although it gets the poorest fuel economy of all of our college cars, it's also the largest. The roomy cabin will easily accommodate five sweaty ultimate Frisbee players. It's also the only one that comes with a standard V6 engine, which produces 219 horsepower, and four-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration is smooth and enthusiastic. The ride quality is terrific. Finally, you shouldn't have any trouble finding Classics selling for less than $10,000 that come loaded with all sorts of comfort and convenience features such as remote keyless entry and cruise control.