Best Cars For Teen Drivers

February 12th, 2019 by

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If you’re a first-time driver, congrats on getting your license! If you’re a parent there might be a few things crossing your mind like “will my child be safe behind the wheel?” and “which vehicle is best for a new driver?” If you’re considering going the used route, here are five vehicles that are best for the new driver in your household (and a benefit parents will not want to miss out on).

HONDA CIVIC:

The Civic has comfortable seats and a good fuel economy as well. The front-wheel-drive 2012 Civic has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 140 horsepower, a five-speed manual transmission comes standard and a five-speed automatic transmission is available. The engine is refined and it provides the Civic with adequate power around town and at highway speeds.  

PERFORMANCE:

The 2012 Civic has a nice interior, the latest features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, higher fuel economy (up to 32 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway) and forward-collision warning. The 2012 model has a driver, passenger, front and rear head airbag, front disc/rear drum brakes and brake assists. Front disc/ rear drum brakes stop your wheel and vehicle in case of an emergency.    

SAFETY:

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Honda Civic sedan a 2012 Top Safety Pick. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2012 Civic sedan a perfect five-star rating for overall, front, and side impact safety as well as four stars for rollover crash safety. Cars.usnews.com gave safety an overall 9.8 out of 10.  

TOYOTA CAMRY:

The 2017 Camry is the final model year of a generation that started in 2012. It has plenty of rear passenger space and strong safety scores. Inside, it features comfortable seats, top-quality materials, and plenty of room for those in the back.  

PERFORMANCE:

The Camry’s 178-horsepower four-cylinder base engine provides sufficient power to get you from point A to point B. Front-wheel drive and a smooth six-speed automatic transmission are standard. The Camry rides like a typical midsize sedan: comfortably.

SAFETY:

When it comes to safety the 2012 Camry has a driver, passenger, front head, rear head, and front side airbag. Included you will also find electronic stability control, daytime running lights, child safety locks, traction control and, emergency trunk release. Cars.usnews.com gave safety a 9.3 out of 10.

KIA FORTE:

The 2016 Forte comes from a generation that began with the 2014 model. The 2016 Kia Forte is a solid car that offers used shoppers three body styles (they have the sedan, the coupe, and the hatchback). It also has plenty of space for both people and cargo, as well as a long list of user-friendly cabin technology.

PERFORMANCE:

With its 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Kia Forte sedan has adequate power for commuting. A more powerful 173-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is available. The Forte sedan, with the base engine and automatic transmission, gets an EPA-estimated 26 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.  

SAFETY:

Drivers will feel safe knowing that they have 4-Wheel ABS (a safety anti-skid braking system used on aircraft and on land vehicles), 4-Wheel Disc Brakes, brakes assist, electronic stability control, child safety locks, and traction control. Cars.usnews.com gave safety an overall 8.3 out of 10. The 2016 KIA Forte earned the top score of Good in four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests.  

JEEP WRANGLER:

The 2016 Jeep Wrangler is an affordable SUV for off-road enthusiasts. It comes in two different body styles: the short-wheelbase Wrangler, or the long-wheelbase Wrangler Unlimited (which adds two rear doors). Owners will get more room for your crew and cargo with the Wrangler Unlimited.

PERFORMANCE:

The 2016 Wrangler features a 285-horsepower V6 engine that provides plenty of muscle for easy acceleration on the highway and from a stop. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and a five-speed automatic is available. The Wrangler comes standard with four-wheel drive and is undeniably one of the most off-road-capable SUVs.   

SAFETY:

The 2016 Wrangler has Rollover Protection System and Front Tow Hooks. Rollover Protection System is a structure intended to protect equipment operators and motorists from injuries caused by vehicle overturn or rollovers and Front Tow Hooks are the hooks used to pull a vehicle out of a tough (rain or mud) situation. Cars.usnews.com gave safety an overall 6.3 out of 10.  

HYUNDAI VELOSTER:

The Veloster went on hiatus in 2018 but compared to the 2017 model, the 2019 model has a more powerful base engine and a smoother ride. The new Veloster’s interior has more cargo space as well. The 2019 model includes wireless phone charging, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and user-friendly infotainment technology.  

PERFORMANCE:

The Veloster comes standard with a 132-horsepower four-cylinder engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and front-wheel drive. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is available seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The turbocharged engine is more engaging and has no turbo lag, getting the driver up the highway and passing with ease.   

SAFETY:

The 2019 Veloster has not yet been through crash tests by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard driver assistance features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, lane keep assist, and a rearview camera. Safety ratings are not available at this time.   

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