As a parent, it can be stressful teaching your teen to drive. It can be even more stressful trying to pick out the right car for them. So, which vehicle is the best car for your teen to drive? It all depends on what you can afford and what you’re looking for, but keep reading to see the most popular new and used vehicles for first-time drivers.
Best New Cars for Teens
If you want a brand new car for your teen, you probably know the cost to finance one isn’t always affordable. The good news is that you don’t have to shell out a lot of money for a great first vehicle for your new driver. Based on the EPA’s fuel economy ratings, NHTSA safety ratings, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), here are six of the best 2018 models that are recommended for teens:
- 2018 Mazda Mazda3MSRP: $18,990Fuel economy: 28/38/31 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined)Safety rating: 5/5 stars
- 2018 Toyota TacomaMSRP: $26,495Fuel economy: 20/23/21 mpgSafety rating: 4/5 stars
- 2018 Jeep RenegadeMSRP: $20,245Fuel economy: 24/31/26 mpgSafety rating: 4/5 stars
- 2018 Honda FitMSRP: $17,110Fuel economy: 29/36/31 mpgSafety rating: 5/5 stars
- 2018 Toyota CamryMSRP: $24,575Fuel economy: 29/41/34 mpgSafety rating: 5/5 stars
- 2018 Kia SportageMSRP: $24,590Fuel economy: 22/29/25 mpgSafety rating: 5/5 stars
Best Used Cars for Teens
A brand new car may not be in the cards if you’re on a tight budget. Luckily, there are many reliable used vehicles suitable for your teen. Listed below are three of the top used cars U.S. News suggests for teen drivers as their first vehicle:
- 2014 GMC TerrainAverage listing price: $13,401Fuel economy: 22/31/26 mpgSafety rating: 4/5 stars
- 2015 Toyota CamryAverage listing price: $13,584Fuel economy: 25/34/28 mpgSafety rating: 5/5 stars
- 2015 Chevrolet TraverseAverage listing price: $16,868Fuel economy: 17/24/19 mpgSafety rating: 5/5 stars
What makes these three used cars great for teen drivers? There are a few different reasons. One is that they’re relatively newer used vehicles, and come with many of the same safety features offered on their 2018 counterparts such as a backup camera or blind-spot monitoring. Another is that their safety ratings are equal to the brand new models – meaning your teen is just as safe in them.