Kelley Blue Book Value: $6,914
Engine: 1.6-liter 4-cylinder VTEC
The Honda Civic is one of the stereotypical suggestions for a first car, but don't roll your eyes. It's often picked for good reason. It's got a tough little four-banger, it's not too shabby looking, it's highly customizable (if you're into import tuners), and it's good on gas. Make it the Si trim, and you've got a sporty little coupe that'll make you stand out from the rest of the Civics in that dreaded traffic trap of a high school parking lot.