7 sensible used cars for college life

2008 Honda Civic DX Coupe

Mileage: 25 mpg city/36 highway/29 combined

Parked at the bottom of the Civic pecking order, the DX Coupe isn't packed with standard features. In fact, nearly every creature comfort except power windows was optional. But if you want Honda's bullet-proof reliability, this is how to get it for under 10 grand. If you look hard enough, you should be able to find a DX in our price range with the options package that included air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system. Civic delivers very strong fuel economy for a 2008, and that's with a 140-horsepower four-cylinder engine and five-speed automatic transmission — an upgrade we recommend. Energetic and nimble, this Civic is well suited for the stop-and-go driving, as well as the parking challenges, of college campuses. Front-seat room is ample, but even a couple of gymnasts will find the rear seat a tight fit.