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Law School: 2014 Ford Fusion
You're going to have to defend your choice of wheels to a broad range of judges--everyone from first-year hotties to more learned hands. You need something that stands up for freedom and justice too--so we're going with a Ford Fusion. Excellent styling, great handling and features, and a safety rating that can't be dismissed on any technicalities give the best American mid-size sedan the right to a place in your garage.
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Medical School: 2014 Chevrolet Volt
You're going to have to be prepared for anything, so the drivetrain-androgynous Volt seems like a good fit. You can run on electric power for the short hops between campus and the clinic--or rely on gas when you're hunting down a residency slot halfway across the country. The Volt's hatchback cargo space won't hold much, but other than a black bag and a prescription iPad, what more do you need? Oh, right. Sleep.
- Other Choices: Subaru XV Crosstrek
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Business School: BMW M3
Kellogg or Wharton or Gozuieta already has you down for a cool $100,000--so what's another $60,000? The BMW M3 is the ultimate acquisition target. Numbers people are driven to the BMW M3 by its siren song of performance stats and unquantifiable prestige. We're down with that, even though we were told there would be no math.
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Ph.D. School: 2014 Chevy Spark EV
So, you're on your third or fourth degree. Sorry, you can't afford a new car. With all that grant money swinging your way, you may be able to lease one--so how about something green? The Chevy Spark EV has useful driving range, and you'll probably get great parking on campus at any school progressive enough to reward the plug. You can make change happen; you'll just have to hold your nose and overlook the guy who made it possible.