August 27, 2013 08:00 ET

Car Buying 101: Helps Students Do the Grading

Top vehicles picks for scholars of all sorts, as chosen by Canada's largest online marketplace

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 27, 2013) - With back to school season putting students in the annual role of choosing new courses, schedules and even places to live, it can also mean deciding on another oft-held necessity - a new vehicle, with doing its part to help students do the grading.

With an inventory of over 400,000 vehicles, the experts at Canada's largest online automotive marketplace have generated a shortlist of vehicles designed to cater to all types of students, with all-important criteria such as average price points and overall utility factored heavily in the list. "Whether it's for ferrying groceries or friends from point A to point B, or just cruising around," says Ian MacDonald, Director of Marketing at, "chances are students can find the car that suits them best on our site, with myriad tools to help them decide on their final set of wheels."

Below are's top vehicle picks for scholars of all sorts:

For the tech savvy student: Being a nerd doesn't carry the same stigma it used to. Being smart and geeky is actually cool, and the hip-to-be-square Nissan Cube is the funkiest affordable box car on the market. With seating for five and standard input and interface for an iPod, it starts at a reasonable $17,788 leaving you more money to stock up on gear. Also worth a look, with comparable features and price, is the Kia Soul.

For the varsity athlete: If you're playing organized sports, you're no doubt a competitor, and you want a car that will reflect your skills on the court, field or in the pool. Built with off-the charts precision handling, Subaru's BRZ comes in at a tick under $30,000 brand new. If you want power and a more accommodating rear seat for your teammates, you can find listings for used Dodge Charger R/Ts with a 5.7L Hemi V8 making 340 hp on for well under $30,000.

For the honours student: For those focused on the Dean's List, a car that is reliable, economical, and trustworthy seems the smart route. So keep it simple with the Toyota Yaris. Starting at $14,250, the 5-door LE with a convenience package includes air conditioning, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows, adding up to $15,995, and you can save a grand by sticking with the manual transmission. Yaris is also nimble and fun, especially in tight urban spaces where many campuses are located.

For the class president: You won't be getting driven around in a stretch limo just yet, but the Hyundai Genesis Sedan, in good condition, looks every bit the VIP ride while staying on budget. 2009 models list for as low as $20,000 on

For the musician: If you're in school and also aspiring to form the next great band, you need room for your band mates and all your gear, and chances are, you don't have a lot of money to spend. Think outside the box-or perhaps inside the box-as in an older Volvo wagon, many of which can be found for less than $5,000. Plenty of space for gear, and the incredibly comfortable seats will keep you fresh when touring or road trips following your favourite bands.

For the trust fund kid: If you have a virtually unlimited budget, the last thing you want to do is have the same car as the next entitled kid, so get creative instead of simply buying the latest Lamborghini or McLaren. If you've got the dough, rock a classic like a Porsche 356 or this Ferrari 365 GT.

For the 'scholarship' student on a budget: No money but need wheels? lists thousands of cars for $1,000 or less, but a Mazda Protege or Chevy Cavalier should be cheap to buy and relatively inexpensive to keep running, even if they won't gather a crowd at the local coffee shop.

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