Best Cars For Teenagers

June 16, 2014 12:00 PM

Best Cars For Teenagers

" The idea of letting your teen get behind the wheel can be daunting. But thanks to modern safety features, good reliability records and safe driving dynamics, some cars will lend an extra peace of mind that your young driver is safe.

2004 Toyota Prius (about $8,000)

(Photo Credit: Toyota Motor Corp.)

Driving without parental supervision can be exciting, and not always in a constructive way. But in Toyota’s ubiquitous gas-electric hybrid, your teen isn’t likely to do much drag racing. On the contrary, the fuel-efficient Prius rewards drivers who accelerate gently and try to anticipate driving conditions ahead of them – in short, it encourages safe driving practices. The 2004 and newer Prius, sold as a five-door hatchback, also has good crash-test ratings, an excellent reliability record and plenty of standard safety features.

2006 Hyundai Sonata (about $6,000)

(Photo Credit: Hyundai Group)

A big car tends to come out ahead of a smaller one in a crash, but you also don’t want a behemoth whose handling and braking keep you from avoiding an accident altogether. The 2006-2010 Sonata midsize sedan strikes an excellent balance, especially thanks to standard electronic stability control that few competitors offered until several years later "

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