6 SAFE & RELIABLE VEHICLES FOR YOUR NEW TEENAGE DRIVER

October 29th, 2020 by

When parents go car shopping for their new teen driver, there is certainly a lot to consider. Finding the right car can be overwhelming, so we nailed down the items that are on top of every parent’s list:
Safety
Reliability
Price
Fuel Economy
Functionality
To help parents begin their search, we put together our six best picks that meet all of the above criteria. Our picks are under $25,000, received 5 star crash test ratings, consumer reports as high reliability, ownership experience as satisfactory, and a high fuel economy rating.

Must haves include: power windows and locks, automatic transmission, AC, rearview camera, and hands free technology.

CHEVROLET MALIBU
$21,680
27 city mpg
36 highway mpg

The Malibu is a top pick because of the built in Teen Driver Technology system that helps encourage safe driving habits when a teen gets behind the wheel. This technology is the first of it’s kind. It offers an in-vehicle report card that helps you monitor and coach your new driver.

The Malibu also brings a dramatic look to a midsize sedan. It has a sleek and sporty body, 11 available safety features, and a tech-savvy responsive ride that offers an impressive 36 mph.
CHEVROLET MALIBU
HYUNDAI SONATA
$21,950
25 city mpg
36 highway mpg

The Sonata is a midsize sedan that provides lots of interior room and comfortable seating. Consumer Reports grades its reliability as 29% above average.

Apple Car Play support takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while you’re driving and lets you access them right on Sonata’s built-in touchscreen display or Ask Siri to assist. This keeps your teen driver eye’s on the road and away from the phone.

Five Star safety ratings includes the automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rear parking sensors, and additional driver knee air bag.
HYUNDAI SONATA
TOYOTA CAMRY
$23,000
28 city mpg
33 highway mpg

The midsize Camry is known for excellent reliability, a spacious interior, and is easy to own and maintain. It doesn’t have that sporty look that may attract teen eyes, but the voice recognition, touch screen, Bluetooth, and Siri Eyes Free iPhone integration is sure to be used and bring parents peace of mind.

The Camry is an IIHS Top Safety Pick and remains a popular pick as a first car
TOYOTA CAMRY
CHEVROLET TRAX
$21,000
25 city mpg
33 highway mpg

The Trax is a small SUV that has an aggressive stance, with modern technology that ensures a safe and reliable ride for your teen. This sporty and functional ride offers serious protection with 10 air bags and available safety technologies that scan the road for potential hazardous situations.

Teens that are involved in band, sports, art, or camping are sure to find the spacious cabin useful for their cargo.
CHEVROLET TRAX
BUICK ENCORE
$22,990
26 city mpg
33 highway mpg

The Encore boasts a more luxurious and sculpted look. It offers a built in 4G/Wifi hot spot which let’s your teen stay connected, even in those areas where cell coverage may be low.

It’s loaded down with safety technology including hands free calling. The myBuickapp allows drivers to view key vehicle health information: locate where the vehicle is parked, remote start, monitor data usage and much more.

With harsh weather or road conditions, the Buick offers a Stabilitrak technology traction control and all wheel drive to rest easy in changing driving situations.
BUICK ENCORE
KIA OPTIMA
$22,140
25 city mpg
37 highway mpg

Let your teen cruise comfortably with the most advanced driver aid technologies. A cool feature is the surround view monitoring system which gives a birds eye view of the car when trying to park.

Keeping safety as a high priority, Kia used more than 50.1% advanced high strength steel when constructing the Optima. It’s aerodynamically enhanced exterior makes the car look just as good as it drives.

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