This past September, AOL Autospublished its 10 Best Car Options for Teen Drivers. The winners were determined by crash test ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety along with reviews and test drives by staff members. Here are five of AOL’s standout cars for new drivers:
- 2007-2012 Ford Fusion: Although recent Fusions score well in crash tests and are easy to handle on the road, AOL Autos was particularly impressed with the car’s MyKey technology. The system allows parents to limit the top speed to 80 mph, reduce radio use and manage radio controls so music won’t come on until the front-seat riders have latched their seat belts.
- 2010-2012 MAZDA3: Test drivers appreciated the Mazda3’s agility, noting that in addition to good crash test scores, the car has very precise handling. It’s also roomy enough for bags, books and sports equipment but small enough to limit the number of passengers.
- 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata: The latest Sonatas come with a number of standard safety features, including side curtain airbags. Another parent-friendly tool is BlueLink, which offers technology like GeoFence, a system that alerts owners if the car is driven outside of a predetermined area. You can set speed limits and curfews too.
- 2005-2012 Subaru Outback: A vehicle with a solid reputation for safety and reliability, the Outback is a good choice for young drivers. The standard all-wheel drive is perfect for those facing snowy winters or slippery road conditions. AOL Autos reminds car buyers, however, that for a number of years side airbags were optional on the Outback, so be sure they’re there if you’re buying used.
- 2009-2012 Volkswagen Jetta: This car has just the right amount of power, making highway merging easy without encouraging young drivers to try their hand at racing. Test drivers noted that the Jetta’s controls are simple and easy to use, and parents will appreciate the electronic stability control and minimal blind spots.
Handing over car keys to your teenage son or daughter can be a stressful experience, but putting him or her behind the wheel of a safe, reliable vehicle can make all the difference. Deciding how to afford and finance your child’s first car can be a big decision too, so give us a call or stop by and we’ll answer all your questions.