Finding a safe, dependable, and fuel-efficient car for teen drivers used to be a difficult task, but not anymore. With new environment regulations and advanced technologies, there’s no car on the market today that’s not safe, dependable, or efficient.
So which is the best for your teen? To help you find out, here’s a list of the top five cars for new teen drivers.
The Subaru Impreza has always been a top choice for new teen drivers. Coming from a brand that’s known for dependability, the Impreza is one of the most reliable cars any teen could have. In fact, the latest model year received top honors from several safety organizations. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named it a Top Safety Pick+, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a 5-Star Overall Safety Rating.
On top of that, it’s one of the only teen-friendly vehicles that comes standard with all-wheel drive to ensure safety, stability, and control should they need to travel in adverse road conditions.
And for added safety, the Impreza offers the available EyeSight safety system, a suite of driver assist technologies that display warnings and automatically apply the brakes to help them avoid a collision.
The Chevy Malibu also received top honors from both the IIHS and the NHTSA and comes equipped with advanced optional safety technologies. However, safety features and awards aren’t the only things that make the Malibu a top car for new teen drivers.
With the Malibu’s available Teen Driver feature, parents can monitor their teen’s driving habits. This silences the radio when seat belts aren’t fastened and automatically enables the safety features when teens are behind the wheel. It can also let parents set volume limits, speed limits, and speeding alerts.
Best of all, Teen Driver relays how their teens drove in the form of a digital report card. It’ll show parents how many times certain safety features were used.
The Hyundai Sonata may not be as flashy as many of its competitors, but that’s exactly why it’s a great car for new teen drivers. It only comes standard with the necessary safety features and technologies, so there are fewer distractions for teens on the wheel. Of course, more innovative amenities are available for certain trims if you want more technologies.
Plus it’s an affordable first-time car. Starting at just over $22,000, the Hyundai Sonata is a great option for parents looking to buy a dependable new car for their teens without breaking the bank.
And the Sonata was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS and received a 5-Star Crash Safety Rating from the NHTSA.
If fuel efficiency is a must for your teen’s first car, then consider the Toyota Prius. Known to be the country’s best selling hybrid, this vehicle provides a stable performance and more miles to the gallon than most vehicles on the market. It comes with advanced performance features that help it achieve up to an EPA-estimated 54 mpg highway.
And to keep your mind at ease, the Prius offers a slew of safety technologies, including the Toyota Safety Sense P. This active safety package adds advanced amenities like the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection to help teen drivers pay more attention to their surroundings and avoid accidents.
Like the vehicles listed above, the Nissan Rogue will appeal to both new teen drivers and their parents. Teens will love the Rogue for its selection of advanced convenience and entertainment technologies. They’ll also love it because of its spacious interior perfect for carpooling and hauling around their college gear on move in day.
Parents of new teen drivers will like the Rogue for its capabilities and dependability. It features the available Intuitive All-Wheel Drive system as well as standard performance stability features to ensure teens maintain control and safety when traveling through adverse road conditions. Parents will also love the fact that it’s fuel efficient and includes safety technologies like Blind Spot Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, and Moving Object Detection.
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