Top Cars for Teen Drivers
- March 25, 2014
- Buying a Car, Safety, Teens
- Posted by Pam Weston
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Like a lot of parents, you may think that the best cars for teenagers are no cars at all. But, if you can’t keep your teenager out from behind the wheel, you’re probably looking for help finding the safest car for your teen. Car insurance for teenagers can cost a small fortune, but choosing the right car may also help lower the cost of insurance. Here, you’ll find our choices for the best cars for teenagers.
It’s hard to go wrong with a Honda Civic. Honda has been refining the Civic since 1973 and there’s a reason why you still see teenagers driving Honda Civics from that era today: they’re safe and reliable. They’re one of the best selling cars for teenagers, and since 1996 have received at least 4 out of 5 stars on frontal driver safety. Since 2001, Civics have a nearly perfect 5 star rating, making them one of the safest cars for teens. Additionally, kids tend to like them too!
The Ford Focus is next on our list of best cars for teenagers due to its affordability, safety and popularity. The Focus has been one of the most popular cars of the last decade and in 2013 earned a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) making it one of the safest cars for teens. Previous years of the Focus have earned the highest possible safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). As the popularity of the Ford Focus has increased, so has its availability, making it an affordable option for teen drivers.
The Impreza is one of the best cars for teenagers looking for style and (a little more) power. While sporty and fast, the third generation of Impreza (2007-2011 models) saw an increase in safety with the inclusion of electronic stability control becoming standard. Third generation and newer Imprezas are one of the safest cars for teens as they consistently rank well with the IIHS and, since 2012, have earned Top Safety Pick distinctions. While car insurance for teenagers driving the Impreza may be a bit higher, 2014 models start at just over $17,000, and that’s brand new! All around, the Impreza may be one of the best cars for teenagers, especially when buying used.
It’s impossible to leave out the Toyota Corolla when discussing the best and safest cars for teenagers. Toyota has been enjoying success with the Corolla since 1966 and it’s been one of the world’s bestselling cars since 1974. What the Corolla lacks in power and flashiness, it makes up for in safety, affordability and practicality. Countless teenager’s first cars are Corollas and teenagers should also appreciate that they’ll be able to afford to fill up the gas tank. Since the 90s the Corolla has consistently ranked at the top of safety ratings worldwide, making it one of the safest cars for teens. Additionally, car insurance rates for teens driving the Corolla are among the most affordable.
Can we help you and your teen find an affordable, dependable and safe first car? Weston Auto Gallery puts every car through a rigorous inspection process to ensure you are buying the best quality car on the market, and we back that up with a a 72-Hour Exchange Policy.