Just like adults, most teenagers are attracted to shiny new things – especially when it comes to cars. Unlike their parents though, young teen drivers may not place a high priority on vehicle safety. As many of them are back to school and college, parents may want to consider which cars and SUVs have the best safety ratings and affordability for 2019.
U.S. News recently published its annual list of the Best New and Used Cars for Teens, and it is geared toward new drivers and college students with some driving experience. Most that made the list have advanced safety features that parents will appreciate, and both new and used vehicles were analyzed.
Best Used Cars for Teens
U.S. News’s Executive Editor explained that older vehicles are not equipped with the optimum driver assistance technology to be considered for this list. Therefore, the used cars had to be from model years between 2014 through 2016 and had to have high safety and dependability ratings. They chose the following five, categorized by size:
- 2016 Hyundai Tucson: x-small SUVs
- 2016 Toyota Prius: small cars
- 2015 Chevy Traverse: midsize SUVs
- 2016 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid: midsize cars
- 2016 Buick LaCrosse: large cars
Best New Cars and SUVs for Teens
U.S. News categorized this list by price, which is useful for car buyers working within budgets:
- Hyundai Accent: Below $20,000
- Honda HR-V SUV: $20,000 – $25,000
- Volkswagen Jetta: $20,000 – $25,000
- Kia Soul SUV: $25,000 – $30,000
- Kia Forte: $25,000 – $30,000
- Hyundai Santa Fe SUV: $30,000 – $35,000
- Toyota Camry: $30,000 – $35,000
- Toyota Camry Hybrid: $30,000 – $35,000
- Toyota RAV4: $35,000 – $40,000
U.S. News used criteria like crash test scores, predicted reliability ratings, price, and advanced driver assistance. The winners also have important safety features like lane departure warnings that alert drivers when vehicles stray from their lanes.
Connectivity is also important, and most also have a basic system like Apple Car Play. Some also have controls that can send parents notifications if the vehicle is speeding, being driven after curfew, or driven out of a specified geographic area. According to safety advocates, these help parents monitor their teenager’s driving activities.
Other Safety Tips
Having a safe car to drive is an important step, and there are other ways parents can help their teens become better drivers. All 50 states sponsor graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems, which have three stages to limit high-risk situations. This includes learner (supervised), intermediate (limited unsupervised), and full privilege. These should be followed closely, as it takes time to learn how to drive properly.
There are other restrictions designed to reduce car accidents and protect young drivers. Although laws vary by state, nighttime driving hours and the number of passengers may be limited. Thirty-eight states and D.C. also ban cell phone use by newer drivers.
Delaware Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Advocate for Safe Driving
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