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Top Ten Vehicles College Students Will Love, And So Will Their Parents

College students are always on the go, and they want to be in a stylish vehicle, while their parents want them to be in a safe and reliable vehicle. As we head into a new school year, CarMax, Inc. (NYSE: KMX), the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, and Insurance Information Network of California (IINC) have teamed up to provide a list of the top cars for college students that will satisfy both the students’ and parents’ priorities.

The list is based on the past four years of fuel economy, design, features, affordability and reliability, as well as safety features recommended by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This year’s top ten recommended for college students includes (in alphabetical order by manufacturer):
  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Chrysler 200
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic (four door)
  • Honda Element
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Forte
  • Kia Soul
  • Toyota Camry

“Finding that vehicle that has a young driver’s desired look and features while meeting a parent’s budget and safety requirements can be quite a challenge,” said Stephane Kintz, purchasing manager for CarMax in Memphis, Tenn. “Doing online research, test driving different models and having open conversations about this purchase can lead to a choice that fulfills everyone’s criteria.”

“The make and model of the car you choose can impact how much you pay for insurance. So selecting a car that's performed well in crash tests may save your life — and save you money," said IINC Executive Director Candysse Miller.

Consumers visiting can read reviews and safety ratings for nearly every make and model, while searching through an inventory of more than 30,000 vehicles. Searches can be narrowed down by features, price and fuel economy so each individual can feel comfortable with the decision.

About CarMax

CarMax, a member of the FORTUNE 500 and the S&P 500, and one of the FORTUNE 2012 “100 Best Companies to Work For,” is the nation’s largest retailer of used cars. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., CarMax currently operates 112 used car superstores in 56 markets. The CarMax consumer offer is structured around four customer benefits: low, no-haggle prices; a broad selection; high quality vehicles; and customer-friendly service. During the twelve months ended February 29, 2012, the company retailed 408,080 used cars and sold 316,649 wholesale vehicles at our in-store auctions. For more information, access the CarMax website at

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