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Best Cars for Teenage Drivers
Provide your teen with a safe and reliable ride

Picking out the perfect vehicle to purchase is hard enough, but when the driver in need of a car is a teenager, the process becomes even more complicated. Even if teen drivers are simply borrowing a family car, it can be difficult to determine which vehicles work best for them. As teenagers are new to driving, they require vehicles that are responsive, intuitive and, above all else, safe. If you are looking for a vehicle for your teenage driver to use, consider one of the following models.


Purchasing a sports car for your new driver is probably not the right way to go. While they may not be able to get behind the wheel of a performance model, that doesn’t mean they can’t find a vehicle that can, in fact, perform. For years, the Mazda3 has been applauded for its responsive drive and sporty feel. This is true for both the sedan and hatchback configurations. Russ Heaps of Bankrate notes that the Mazda3 has received high marks for safety throughout its lifetime. It’s also a model that places an emphasis on efficiency.

Subaru Forester

Icy winter roads can be difficult for even the most experienced of drivers to navigate. Therefore, one can only imagine the trouble that new teen drivers might encounter if they need to drive in such conditions. This can be where all-wheel drive comes in handy. Fortunately, the Subaru lineup is populated by vehicles that come packaged with all-wheel drive standard. Even among Subaru models, the Subaru Forester is renowned for its impressive safety features. Not only do Jeff S. Bartlett and Jen Stockburger of Consumer Reports recommend the Forester for teen drivers, but the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) does as well.

Honda Accord

While it’s true that the Accord might not be the most exciting set of wheels on the market, this mid-size sedan is one of the most reliable vehicles available. That makes it a first car that will last well into your teenager’s transition into adulthood. Heaps notes that the Accord is well ahead of its time, as the modern Accord can be equipped with advanced safety systems like lane-departure warning and collision-mitigation braking. It’s not just the current Accord that is safe, though. The Honda Accord has been named a “Top Safety Pick” by the IIHS for several years in a row.

Chevrolet Equinox

Like adults, teenage drivers appreciate the extra room and ride height that a crossover can provide. With a ton of utility options on the market, it can be tough to narrow your choices down, but the IIHS recommends that drivers select the Chevrolet Equinox. The recently refreshed Equinox is filled with appealing interior amenities and if you prefer to buy used for your young driver, you won’t be disappointed by previous iterations of the Equinox, either.

Toyota Avalon

Toyota has made a name for itself in the automotive industry for reliability, and one of its most reliable vehicles is the Toyota Avalon. The Avalon is the largest model in Toyota’s sedan lineup, and comes packaged with some of the best technologies that Toyota has to offer. Friends and peers won’t feel crowded in the roomy cabin and the Avalon is such an appealing vehicle that Matt Rand and Mel Anton of U.S. News included both the new and used Avalon on their list of best vehicles for teenage drivers.

Watching your teenager drive off in a vehicle of their very own can be a stressful situation. These reliable vehicle models should provide you with some extra peace of mind during that experience. 

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