The Toyota Corolla optioned up is a good one. My mom just bought one and it's very nice for what it is. New Hyundai's believe it or not is good along with Kia's. Ford Focus is a nice economy car as well.
Don't know too much about Chevy Cruz or Malibu. Looks to be stylish but don't know how reliable.
For style for a college student, I would definitely recommend (in ascending size/price) 2011 Fiesta, 2012 Focus, 2010-12 Fusion and, of course, a new V6 Mustang. All get good mileage and high ratings from a variety of car magazines for stylishness, driveability, and value. And they are all FORDs! :bigthumbsup
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