• scalewoodman avatar scalewoodman Posted: 5/11/2012 10:31am PDT

    FAIL: You forgot the Jeep Patriot-- great price, good mileage, plenty of space for a 'lifestyle vehicle', standard roof rack, and AWD/4X4 performance for soft roading and inclement weather-- getting to that first job through rain, snow, sleet, hail, mud, and muck!

  • suzannekane avatar suzannekane Posted: 5/11/2012 1:51pm PDT

    Hi, Robert - Actually, this story was based on Total Car Score's Top 10 Cars for College Graduates. If it was about crossovers and SUVs, it would have included (in both Total Car Score's and The Car Connection's ratings) the following at the top of the list: 2012 Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, MINI Cooper Countryman, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, and so on. Not denying the Jeep Patriot has all the attributes you mention, though. Crossovers and SUVs just weren't the focus of the story. Thanks for your comments.