Good Cars for New Drivers

Watching your teen pass the driver’s ed test and get an unflattering picture printed on a state license is pretty intense. But, first time car shopping with your new driver can be even tougher. You want a vehicle that’s safe, fuel efficient and will last; your teen wants something that’s not embarrassing to drive. 

Striking a balance between the two shouldn’t be difficult whether you’re purchasing a new car or a used car in good condition. We’ve got a few top choices to start with that will keep everyone happy.

Which car is best for a first time driver?

Top good cars for new drivers:

  • Honda CR-V
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Kia Forte
  • Mazda 3
  • Nissan Sentra
  • Toyota Prius
  • Volvo XC60
  • Volkswagen Golf

Let’s take a closer look at some of these cars for first time drivers.

Honda CR-V

The CR-V’s latest round of updates has made it an even better car for new drivers. First, it has a more stylish look. Honda also updated handling and suspension. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional.

Toyota Prius

If your teen has a passion for a green lifestyle, the Prius is a great entry-level and eco-friendly car for young drivers. Its hybrid engine gets 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. With teens on the go between school, activities and friends, you’ll save money on gas. 

Plus, it has a lot of cool futuristic features for young drivers. For instance, HUD projects information such as vehicle speed and navigation information onto the windshield directly in front of you. This kind of quick, convenient viewing helps new drivers limit distractions and keep their eyes on the road.

Volvo XC60

In the SUV category, Volvo is absolutely a top car for new drivers. Its standard Intellisafe system is full of safety innovations. For example, this safety system will prepare your young driver for a sudden stop. What's more, it also keeps new drivers in their lane. Finally, it's great for parking in a tight space. 

It also has an interactive dashboard that gives you complete control using touch or voice commands. Get directions, change music or make calls all from controls right on the steering wheel.

Tips for choosing the best first car for your teen

At the end of the day, the most important things are to do your homework and communicate. 

Try this: 

  1. You and your teen each make a list of what you’re looking for - within reason, of course
  2. Then, search for cars that fulfill both of your wish lists

It can be scary to see your teen drive down the street on their own. That said, being able to send someone else to the store is an underrated benefit of having another driver around. It’s the little things. 

Congratulations to your teen and safe driving!


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