7 cool, yet sensible, new rides to take to college

These vehicles earn top grades for safety, fuel economy and versatility

You should be getting around campus in a car that's not only affordable and cool but earns high grades for safety, fuel economy and versatility. To make our list of the best cars for college, it had to cost less than $25,000 and:

• Be economical to operate, with a four-cylinder engine that delivers at least 25 miles per gallon in the EPA’s combined city and highway mileage tests.

• Earn a "Recommended" rating from Consumer Reports. This means it performed well in more than 50 tests, had average or better predicted reliability and met strict safety standards.

• Receive at least four out of five stars in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) overall crash test ratings.

• Include power windows, door locks and outside mirrors.

All of our picks are front-wheel drive, except for one that’s all-wheel drive, and all prices include destination charges. Here they are, starting with the cheapest ...