Cars for Teen Drivers

CARS FOR TEENS

10 BEST MODELS AND EXPERT TIPS

HOW WE WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR DECISION AT KENNY ROSS

Stop into Kenny Ross and test drive any of these vehicles and see what feels right to you. Visit us in person or online to schedule an appointment, or meet with one of our experts who can take you through everything in person so you can leave feeling confident you bought the very best car for your teen.

They grow up so fast, right? It seems like they were just in grade school and now they have a Driver's Permit. Take a few breaths, you'll be okay.

Once you accept that your child is now a teenager, you need to ask yourself what kind of car you're going to put them in. While you should probably aim higher than Grandpa's 1988 Mercury Sable hand-me-down, the decision of what car to get should be made by the parents. This is not the time to compromise, remind them that operating a motor vehicle in itself is a privilege and should be taken very seriously.

Unfortunately, cars don't come with training wheels, and you can't be in the passenger seat every single time they get behind the wheel. But there are several steps that you can take to put your teen in the best, and most importantly, safest situation possible.

So what is the best car to get for your teens?

Safety, Ratings, crash-tests and more on how to find the safest cars for teens

The first thing you want to look for is safety. You want a car with great safety features, a 5-star crash test rating, front and side airbags, something that will help you sleep at night.

No matter what the feature costs as an add-on, it's worth it. As imperative as safety is to all of us drivers, there is a real tangible difference in the safety of different makes, models and types of vehicles. You need to actively shop for a "safety first" type of car, rather than assume every car that passes inspection is safe.

Important Safety Features For Teen Cars: Stability Control

Features like Electronic Stability Control are extremely important for new drivers, as this particular feature ensures, well, stability, when driving on curvy or slippery roads. Again, the importance of the feature can't be overstated, as it's proven to decrease the risk of single crash fatality by 50%! This feature became mandatory back in 2012, so new vehicles are guaranteed to come with it, but you'll have to check it's availability on older Used Cars. No matter what the feature costs as an add-on, it's worth it.

Important Safety Features For Teen Cars: Side airbags and more

Side airbags are another feature that you'll want to confirm is in any vehicle you're interested in. Most vehicles produced in the last 10 years have them standard, but since 30% of major car crash injuries come from the side, it's something that should always be confirmed. Look for SRS (supplemental restraint system) printed either by the door handles, or on the rear seat headliner.

Important Safety Features For Teen Cars: Awesome Safety Ratings

In general, you want a car that receives at least 4 out of 5 stars on government crash test safety ratings. You can always check these scores on Saftercar.com or IIHS.com (Highway Safety website).

Reliability - Make sure the car takes your teen to every destination in every condition

High performance cars - Are they good teen cars?

Next you want something that's reliable. You don't want to wake up to a phone call in the middle of the night because the car won't start or a flat tire is stuck in the wheel well. Higher performance cars require heavy maintenance, a heavy burden and something that's unnecessary for a new driver. So remember to leave the higher horse-powered cars in the showroom.

Used Cars -How To Make Sure They Are Reliable

If you're shopping for Used Cars, spend the extra $30-$40 dollars on services like Carfax and Autocheck, so you have an idea of what the vehicle's history is, including accidents and repairs. While you should take a Used Car to a mechanic for a full inspection, these services are usually reliable, and are commonly used by dealerships when buying a trade-in.

Sport Car, SUV or Sedan - Which type is safer for driving beginners?

One common perception of drivers is that SUVs are safer than sedans because they're higher off the ground. While it can be safer to be higher off the ground when involved in a collision, it's important to note that SUVs have a higher center of gravity, making them less stable than sedans, carrying a greater risk of flipping or rolling over if the driver makes sudden movements or turns.

On the other side of the spectrum, very small vehicles are also dangerous to the driver, as shown by their generally poor crash test ratings, they carry the most terrifying risk of another car rolling on top of the vehicle during a crash.

Sports cars can be easily eliminated from the search, as recklessness and speeding are the most common infractions that teen drivers commit, and those types of cars are built for speed and may be an unnecessary temptation.

Car Technology - How modern technology can help to monitor driving

The more involved parents will be interested in Apps that monitor and record the driver's actions, if your Teen can't fully be trusted on their own. Plug-N-Track and CarChip-Pro can tell the owner, how long the car (and therefor the driver) were out, their speed, what time of day, and even if there was extreme acceleration or breaking.

Best Tip on how to buy a car for teen drivers - ask an expert!

Got all of that? It's a lot to take in, but you can also take a shortcut by asking a dealership what their safest, most reliable car is. Ask the experts at the dealership and they will point you towards something sufficient that's in your budget, and keep all of this information in your back pocket.

OUR 10 FAVORITE MODELS FOR YOUR TEEN DRIVERS

To help narrow down your search, lets take a look at a few cars, including the years that have the desired redesigns, that check most of the boxes we've looked at:



CHEVY MALIBU

Chevy Malibu, 2014 and newer. The Chevy Malibu is not to be overlooked with its strong turbo-charged engine, and quiet, smooth, comfortable ride that gives you good fuel economy. Since it's 2014 design, the Malibu is the total package for your teen.



CHEVY TRAX

Chevy Trax, 2015 and newer. In 2015, Chevy released the Trax, an affordable Crossover SUV with great handling and a robust package of standard features and equipment to help keep your teen safely on the road, as The Trax was named a top safety pick by the IIHS.

FORD EDGE

Ford Edge, 2015 and newer. The Ford Edge offers a well-rounded package of smooth ride, friendly fuel economy and spacious seating and cargo space that gives your teen everything they need. Redesigned in 2015, the Edge now comes standard with safety features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Adaptive Steering and Collision Warning with Brake Support.


FORD FUSION

Ford Fusion, 2013 or newer. The Ford Fusion was redesigned from relative obscurity in 2013 to become one of the most popular mid-sized sedans on the market. Now the Fusion matches powerful pickup with excellent fuel economy, and more standard features than the average car in its class.

MAZDA CX-3

Mazda CX-3, 2016 and newer. As Mazda's brand new look, the CX-3 is designed with excellent handling and a quiet interior that has the look of a luxury SUV. Its affordable price tag and great fuel economy make it the most accessible in its class.

MAZDA 6

Mazda 6, 2014 and newer. The Mazda 6 offers agile handling, impressive power and a sleek design that will make your Teen think they're driving a sports car, all while you rest assured by the great fuel economy and 5-star overall safety rating.

SUBARU LEGACY

Subaru Legacy, 2013 and newer. Subaru's have become a favorite family car due to all their vehicles holding the very best safety rating in each class, as well as coming with standard All Wheel Drive. The Legacy packs all that utility into an accessible Mid-sized sedan.