It’s about time for students to start heading back to school, and in the process, many will be searching for a new car to take back with them. To aid in this search, the writers at Motor Trend’s Wide Open Throttle decided to put together a list of what they believe to be the Top 10 Cars Under $10,000 for College Students. While their lists may be subjective, the experts certainly know what they are talking about as two Ford models found a spot on the list, one of which was mentioned twice.
The first model mentioned on the list is the 1999-2004 Ford Mustang GT. Editor Christan Seabaugh chose the pony car for its combination of power and affordability, noting that it is “one of the cheapest ways to get rear-drive V-8 power.” While not the largest model on the list, the Mustang has enough room to haul around a few friends and is more than capable of handling college shenanigans. WOT Editor Jason Udy also mentioned the Mustang as one of his original picks, but since Seabaugh had already chosen the car, he decided to go in a different direction.
Udy names the 1993-2010 Ford Ranger as one of his two picks and the second Ford on the list. The Ranger is noted for its abundance of options, with choices between two cab sizes, two bed lengths, four- or six-cylinder power, two- or four-wheel drive, and automatic or manual transmission, students are sure to find the combination to fit their needs. The Ranger offers the typical benefits of a truck, such as hauling furniture, bikes, and tailgating gear, but the Ranger’s compact size allows it to navigate tight college campus roads.
Whatever vehicle takes you back to campus, have a safe and enjoyable school year!