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14 Best Cars for Teens

Safe, fuel-efficient, affordable and reliable.

by on Jun.24, 2013

Tops on the Best Teen Car list, the Ford Taurus has a big interior and a relatively small insurance premium.

Maybe your teen has just gone through that rite of passage, getting a driver’s license. Or perhaps they’ve gotten their diploma and are heading off to college next autumn.  Whatever the reason, it’s a challenge that millions of American parents are familiar with: finding the best car for their teens.

Now, we know that young drivers would likely look for something quick and cool if they were doing the shopping, but parents usually have a different agenda.  They’re looking for a vehicle that’s safe, affordable, fuel-efficient and reliable.

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The good news is that there are plenty of used vehicles that fall into that category.  Better yet, most of the 14 Best Cars for Teens ranked by are also likely to have enough of the cool factor to keep the kids happy.


Top Ten Vehicles for Teens

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by on May.04, 2012

The Scion tC: the number one choice for teen drivers - at least according to insurer USAA.

It’s that time of year.  The kids are graduating and likely dropping hints it’s time to buy them a new car.

Maybe you’ll start them off with something used – or simply tell them to get a summer job.  But if you’re looking to hand over the keys to a new vehicle, auto insurer USAA has a few tips.

It’s surveyed parents to find out what matters most to them – rather than their teens – and found 81% put a premium on reliability, 73% focus on safety and 62% say it’s important that the vehicle qualify for affordable insurance.

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No mention of having in-car Facebook posting capabilities, we notice, nor a need for a 650-watt sound system with dual subwoofers.

The insurer then used to data to come up with a list of the Top Ten vehicles it would recommend for teen drivers.


20 Best Cars for a Teen Driver – if Insurance is Your Top Priority

The added cost of insurance can be a deal breaker.

by on Mar.29, 2012

From an insurance cost standpoint, this is the best choice for a teen: the 2008 Audi A3.

Anyone who works in the auto industry is bound to hear the same question – frequently – from parents: “What’s the best car to buy for my child?”

It’s not as easy to answer as it might seem.  Of course, it depends on the kid.  Given a choice, what they’d like to be seen in might not be the wisest option, of course.  A first-time drive probably shouldn’t be driving a Mustang GT or a BMW M3.  And while short-wheelbase SUVs, like the Jeep Wrangler, might seem a fun alternative, they can have rollover issues when inexperienced young drivers speed around a corner.

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Most parents prefer to hold down costs by putting the novice behind the wheel of a relatively recent used car, but the price of the vehicle itself shouldn’t be the only factor to consider.  Insurance can be a deal-breaker, though if you don’t check up front you could get a painful lesson after the fact.


Peer Pressure Causes Teen Accidents? Well, D’uh!

“Thrill seekers” more likely to take risks, says new study.

by on Feb.03, 2012

Night time is the wrong time for teenage drivers.

Emergency crews struggle to save teens involved in a nighttime accident.

Unless you were a home-schooled only child, chances are you’ll recall the daily battle to conform to peer pressure during your high school years.  A new study says that teens are not only more likely to try to conform with friends when it comes to music and clothing but also how they drive.

And for a group a new study dubs “thrill seekers,” that significantly raises the chance of getting into a crash, according to a study jointly carried out by insurance giant State Farm and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.


A second new study of 677 young motorists found that more than 70% of male teens involved in serious crashes were distracted by their passengers before the accident occurred.  The same was the case with nearly half the female teens. That may put pressure on more states to adopt rules limiting the number of young drivers in a car when the person behind the wheel has just recently been licensed.