1. Hyundai Accent
Gas Mileage: 31 MPG combined
Two of the key components for any automobile that a student is going to drive are the cost and gas mileage. The Accent performs well in both of these categories with a price point south of $20,000 for a new auto and a combined (city and highway) gas mileage of 31 MPG. Fun to drive, the model also features a sleek style, 10 year or 100,000 mile drive train warranty, and a five year or 60,000 mile basic warranty. If a parent is buying or co-signing for the vehicle, the warranties provide added peace of mind during the initial years of one’s child driving the vehicle, while the gas mileage helps reduce the amount of times the student will need to come back to Mom or Dad for gas money throughout the school year.