7 sensible used cars for college life

2009 Suzuki SX4 Crossover

Mileage: 22 mpg city/30 highway/25 combined

Who'd have thought Consumer Reports would score a Suzuki high in reliability and safety? But it gives high marks to the 2009 SX4 Crossover. We were surprised that the 143-horsepower four-cylinder engine and standard all-wheel drive powertrain could meet our price and mileage requirements. You also have to like the fact that Suzuki loaded up the SX4 Crossover with standard features that are costly options on most rides. That means you'll find six air bags, stability and traction control and lots of technology — automatic climate control, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation system — on every used SX4 Crossover you look at. It has loads of legroom front and back, and it can haul nearly as much cargo as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon. The mileage estimates above are for the optional four-speed automatic.

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