Consumer Reports recently published a list of vehicle recommendations for new drivers. Budget are safety concerns are usually the first things parents consider when purchasing a vehicle for their teenage drivers. To handle the budget issue, a pre-owned car is a great way to go. On the safety side Consumer Reports looked into the key factors on safety for used vehicle. First safety feature is electronic stability control (ESC) technology to maintain control of the vehicle, antilock brakes, and air bags. The size of the vehicle is also important. Many parents think a large SUV or pickup (“tanks”) are safe; however, these vehicles are more prone to roll over in collisions. Furthermore, more seating capacity in the car increases the chances that the teenager will drive their friends, meaning more distractions and a higher likelihood of crashing. Vehicles with high variant speed capability, such as sports cars, also increases collision and insurance rates.
These are the top five recommended used vehicles for teens (in no particular order):
- Ford Focus (2009-2011)
- Hyundai Elantra (2008 or later)
- Mazda3 (2011 or later)
- Mazda6 (4 cyl., 2009-2013)
- Subaru Impreza (non-turbo, 2009 or later)