6 Best Used Cars for College Students | La Crosse, WI

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When it comes to getting a vehicle for college, the crew at 199ride.com understands you need something that is reliable, affordable, and safe that doesn’t sacrifice appearance. To help with your research, we compiled a list of six 199ride-approved vehicles that can help you enjoy all La Crosse has to offer from hiking the bluffs to traveling to UW-La Crosse football games.

1.  Spacious Sedan

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Get all your roommates to and from the UW-La Crosse campus to the grocery store comfortably – and have room for your groceries – when you invest in a four-door sedan, like a Nissan Altima. Altima’s are known for fuel efficiency, practicality, and safety. For a car, these spacious cars are great for moving. Plus, your bike can fit in the trunk when you pop the back seat down!

2. Carpool Dream Car

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While it may be your parents’ hand-me-down vehicle, a compact SUV like a Saturn Outlook is a dream come true for college students. With three complete rows, have no fear packing your roommates in the Outlook on your way to a UW-La Crosse Eagles football game or to run errands. This eight-seater’s horsepower, capacity, and smooth ride is the reason it was awarded a 9.2/10 by U.S. News.

3.  Hiker’s Dream Vehicle

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Hikers, bikers, and admirers of Granddad Bluff, an outdoorsy hatchback like a Subaru Outback is the vehicle for you. This spacious 71.3 cubic feet ride can hold pretty much any gear you need to hike or bike. Plus, with balanced handling, all-wheel drive, and high ground clearance, the Outback is easy to drive on unpaved or uneven roads to reach the trailheads.

4. Weekend Traveler

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A sporty, compact SUV such as the Hyundai Santa Fe can be an inexpensive car to own given its size – one of the primary reasons it’s great for college students. The Santa Fe’s V6 engine gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. Also, the leather upholstery, automatic headlights, and USB port for music make it the perfect vehicle for weekend traveling to and from school, or to visit friends at Winona State University.

5. Fuel Efficient and Inexpensive

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A shiny mid-sized car like the Honda Accord is a dependable and economical ride to get around La Crosse and travel home over the weekends. The familiar Accord is often associated with reliability and even has a strong resale value. U.S. News scores the 2007 model at a 4.5/5 for reliability and rates it at an average U.S. News Score of 9.3/10. When you get an Accord, you can still fit your friends inside to head to a La Crosse Loggers game at Copeland Park.

6. Parallel Parker’s Dream

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Have no fear parallel parking near the UW-LAX campus or in downtown La Crosse when you have a mid-sized hybrid car like a Toyota Prius. The Prius’ turn radius and length are perfect for squeezing between vehicles. Though compact, it gets excellent gas mileage at 51 mpg in the city and is still noted for its safety attributes.

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When you’re in the market for a Nicer, Newer™, Worry-Free pre-owned vehicle for yourself or a family member, check out 199ride. Browse our extensive inventory online, or visit us at one of our five Wisconsin dealerships: Green Bay AutoAppleton AutoWausau Auto, Antigo Auto, and La Crosse Auto.