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2015 GMC Terrain - Midsize SUV, IIHS Top Safety Pick2015 GMC Terrain - Midsize SUV, IIHS Top Safety Pick

Graduation season has begun and many students will be receiving their high school diplomas and on their way to college in the fall.  Often first year students can get by without a vehicle for transportation around campus but in many so called “commuter campuses” having personal transportation is a necessity rather than merely a “want”. Of course graduation gifts and even scholarship money can go towards buying a new vehicle but it’s always nice to see recommendations for the best cars for college students and U.S. News & World Report has a list of the 10 Best.

2015 GMC Terrain – This midsize SUV is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a starting price just above $25K, making it a great option for students that need a bit of extra cargo and passenger space along with excellent fuel economy and 4G LTE built in Wi-Fi hotspot technology.

2015 Kia Sorento – The Kia Sorento midsize SUV is also an IIHS Top Safety Pick and will be getting a redesign for 2016 so you should be able to find great deals on 2015 models. Third row seating is optional and you have a choice of a 2.4L 4-cylinder engine or an aluminum 3.3L V6 with 4 trims from well-equipped to luxurious.

2015 Chrysler 200 – The all-new Chrysler 200 is an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ with sleeker exterior styling, new interior, and even a new 2.4L 4 cylinder engine in the base model. All-wheel-drive is available in the 200S and 200C models with a 3.6L V6 that puts out 295hp. A starting price of just under $22K and up to 36 mpg hwy make the 200 serious completion in the mid-size passenger segment.

2015 Mazda Mazda6 – With sportier styling than most midsize sedans this IIHS Top Safety Pick+ offers up to 37 mpg highway and is one of only a few to offer a 6 speed manual transmission. Three different trims are available and the starting price is about the same as the Chrysler 200 so it really comes down to a matter of preference.

2015 Subaru Legacy – The Subaru Legacy is the only midsize sedan that comes standard with all-wheel-drive and receive the highest overall ratings on the way to earning Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS. Redesigned for 2015 the Legacy now offers more interior room and better aerodynamic efficiency from a sleeker exterior.

For the rest of the list, check out the slideshow on U.S. News & World Report featuring more vehicles rated by the IIHS as Top Safety Pick or better. All of the autos on the list get great gas mileage and make excellent choices for anyone looking for an affordable and easy to maintain ride. For the best deals on a new auto or SUV, let AutoBuying101 help you compare dealer prices and find your next vehicle today.