The Best Used Cars to Buy If You're a Teacher

If you are a teacher, probably foremost on your mind is getting to school on time. You would also probably like a used car that is easy on gas and not terribly expensive, and will hold your gym gear and groceries. We’ve evaluated a few compact (or smaller) cars, and picked out the five we think would suit you best.

  • Smart ForTwo Coupe: Here’s proof that good things really do come in small packages. If you’re a singleton, you probably don’t really need anything bigger, and you’ll appreciate the outstanding gas mileage that you get with the Smart ForTwo. City-dwelling teachers will love the fact that parallel parking is a non-issue. You’re not going to haul a lot of gear in this car, but your gym bag and groceries shouldn’t present a problem.

  • Toyota Yaris Three-Door Hatchback: If you want to take a passenger or three from time to time, you can do it in the Yaris. You’ll probably pay a little more for a used Yaris than you would a Smart ForTwo, but you’ll get a lot more cargo space, and we’re really amazed at how much leg room this little offering has.

  • Hyundai Accent Three-Door Hatchback: The Accent is fairly low-priced new, when compared with similar vehicles in its class, so you should be able to get a really good deal on a used model. It’s also a really comfortable ride. The only downside is that it usually costs more to insure than other small cars.

  • Nissan Versa: The Nissan Versa is one of the cheapest cars to buy used. It’s also available in a huge range of trim levels. If you’re looking for a really inexpensive ride, look for a base model – it has a manual transmission, no radio, and no power features. If you’d like a little more in the way of comfort, though, higher trim levels deliver the goods.

  • Kia Soul: Over the past few years, Kia has been concentrating on cars that aren’t just inexpensive, but also stylish and fun to drive. It’s available in a variety of trim levels, and for our money, it’s one of the most attractive, comfortable cars in its class.

Most teachers are on a budget, but need a car that’s reliable – you can’t be late for school. In terms of reliability and economy, these are the five cars that would best suit a teacher.


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