Choosing a used car for a teen can be tough, as there are so many factors to consider. We emphasize safety, reliability, and ease of use for inexperienced drivers in making our recommendations to you. Our automotive experts compiled the list below of five cars they would personally recommend, considering traditional empirical data and their own subjective insights.
The vehicles on this list are from the 2012-2014 model years. As always we encourage purchasing as many safety features – electronic stability control in particular – as your budget allows.
The models selected are all midsize vehicles; large pickups and SUVs are not recommended for young, inexperienced drivers because they are more prone to roll over and may be more difficult to handle compared to other vehicles. Additionally, sports cars increase the risk of speeding and have a higher rate of accidents. As a result, they also carry tuition-sapping and head-spinningly high insurance premiums.
Check out these vehicles to begin your teenager-targeted used car vehicle search today!
2013 Chevrolet Malibu
2012 Hyundai Sonata
2014 Ford Focus
2013 Volkswagen Jetta