As summer winds down and we trade in lazy summer days for back-to-school shopping, you may find that you’re searching for the perfect car for your teen or college student. If your kid is in need of a safe, reliable car to get them to and from school, consider the 2014 Mazda 3, which made Kelley Blue Book’s list of best cars for back to school.

Picking out a car that your kid will drive day after day (hopefully for years to come) is no small undertaking. You’ll want to consider safety features and ratings, efficiency, dependability, practicality, and you’ll get extra points for style. The Mazda 3 offers all of this, and more.

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The Mazda 3 is not only stylish and sporty, but it’s a smart choice. The Mazda 3 happens to be one of this year’s coolest cars under $18,000 – making it an affordable choice your student will be excited about. The totally redesigned 2014 Mazda 3 is offered in a hatchback or sedan and is more efficient, more comfortable, and offers more modern technology than ever before.

Earning EPA fuel economy ratings of 30 mpg city and 41 mpg highway, your kid won’t drain their wallets filling up their tanks. The 2.0 liter, 4 cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine puts out a respectable 155 hp – enough power to get where they need to go.

Come by Parks Mazda today to test drive a Mazda 3 for yourself!