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Best Cars for College Students

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!

Ford Fiesta Named One of the 10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000

Every year, the experts at Kelley Blue Book’s kbb.com compile a list for car shoppers that are looking for a fun and exciting car on a tight budget. The “10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” recognizes cars that are fun to drive and fun to own. This year, the 2012 Ford Fiesta has earned a spot on this list.

To create the list, Kelley Blue Book first narrowed the options down to vehicles that are available for under $18,000. Then, the experts rated each car based on two main criteria – fun-to-drive and fun-to-own. While subjective, the “cool factor” played the largest part in determining which ten vehicles would be named to the list.

Kbb.com liked the Fiesta’s combination of small size and bold style, namely the aggressive grille, pronounced fenders, sharp lines, and large lamps.  The stylish interior and impressive fuel economy – 38 MPG highway – also stood out to the experts.

This cool, yet inexpensive, car is currently available at Sanderson Ford!

Ford Makes Cool, Affordable Cars

The editors at kbb.com recently released the 2011 edition of the top 10 “Coolest Cars Under $18,000.”  Vehicles are first chosen based on their availability for purchase at $18,000 or less, according to the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price.  Then, all qualifying vehicles are judged on just two factors: fun-to-drive and fun-to-own.  This year, two Ford models made the cut.

The 2012 Focus was noted for its sporty handling, head-turning looks, and an impressive standard equipment list, while also being efficient and affordable.  Voters also liked that for a little bit extra, leather seats, MyFord Touch, and a quick-shifting dual-clutch automatic transmission can be added.

The 2011 Fiesta made the list for the second year in a row.  Features that helped land the Fiesta on the list once again include its European looks, well-crafted interior, nimble handling, and sharp driving dynamics.  But the experts were ultimately sold thanks to the available SYNC infotainment center and remarkable fuel economy.

These days, everyone seems to be looking for a bargain, especially when it comes to cars.  Fortunately, Ford is one of the few automakers to produce vehicles that are fun and exciting, yet affordable.

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